New Hope reached out to us for the first time in the Spring of 2019. That February (Valentine's Day), their founding pastor died tragically in a house fire. They asked if we'd be interested in merging churches. We met over lunch and discovered that it wasn't a good solution at the time. Understandably, New Hope was looking for more of a "turn key" solution – one less complex than a merge.
When we happily parted ways, I offered to speak as a guest at their church at any point – as a friend and support person in a troubling season.
They didn't expect for two years to go by without finding a pastor. In that time a number of temporary (interim) ministers came on board to help the arduous search process.
In the Winter of 2020 they reached out to me (John) again. We began to revisit whether or not a strategic partnership was possible. New Hope didn't have a pastor. Evergreen didn't have a building. We had around a dozen meetings to determine whether our not our "DNA" lined up.
We concluded in February that theologically, methodologically, and philosophically – we match enough to begin a merge.
We're moving forward as one half of a new local congregation – Resurrection Christian Church
. We're excited to bring all of Evergreen's passion for Christ, curiosity for the Scriptures and love for one another into a new ministry context.
We're currently doing a slow rebuild of the worship service after meeting online through the pandemic. Week by week things are changing as we incrementally return things to "normal."
The good news is – we're gathered, we're worshiping Jesus, we're communing with God and we're encouraging one another.
2021 is a time to rebuild (see Nehemiah). Thank God he's blessed us to do it with new brothers and sisters in Christ – and a beautiful paid off facility.
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