By Courtney Lott-
Congratulations to Impact Church, Embrace Church, and New Covenant United Methodist Church for ranking among the fastest growing churches in the United States in the latest issue of Outreach Magazine.
East Point, Georgia
Lead Pastor Olu Brown’s vision for a multicultural gathering of believers has come to pass at Impact Church. Striving to connect their community with God and each other, they work to redefine the church experience through “inclusiveness, relatable messages, energetic worship, relevant youth programs and impactful community outreach.” With two campuses in East Point, Georgia, Impact Church has grown rapidly since its inception in 2007.
They describe their mantra “doing church differently” as an action, a call to share God’s love with the world and to be part of a community that builds and strengthens those around them.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
An initiative of Cornerstone (United Methodist) Church in Watertown, South Dakota, Embrace started with a simple worship service consisting of 32 individuals in 2006. Though uncertain of what might come of this gathering, this group followed the Lord’s call to offer the growing city of Sioux Falls another church. They grew quickly into what would become Embrace Church, welcoming new worshipers each month. Under the leadership of Adam Weber, this congregation has gone from meeting once a month in people’s homes, to six campuses, including one online. Striving to live up to their name, Embrace Church prays that they would draw people in as the father draws in the prodigal son.
In a welcome video on the Embrace website, Weber says, “Our hope is to truly encounter, the living God. That we wouldn’t just be a group of people who gather, but our intent would be greater than that, that we would encounter Him.”
New Covenant United Methodist Church
The Villages, Florida
In Florida, New Covenant United Methodist Church is another one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. Led by Rev. Harold Hendren, the congregation sees welcoming others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as its highest calling. Striving to be the hands and feet of Christ, New Covenant serves their communities of Summerhill and Lake Denton, Florida, in a number of ways. Their ministries include grief and Alzheimer’s support, transportation services, and visitation.
“One of the things we really pride ourselves on here at New Covenant is that we really have a heart for serving the Lord and our extended community,” says Hendren in a welcome video to their website. “It’s good to be able to serve the Lord together as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.”
Courtney Lott is the editorial assistant at GOOD NEWS.