Does Clarksville really need another church?
We love Clarksville and apparently others do as well. Over the last ten years, Clarksville has grown nearly twice as fast as our nation. More than 150,000 people call this home and that number is increasing.
Several church leaders in the area estimate that nearly 85% of the community are not actively engaged with any faith community. Within the area some attention has been given to the effort of replanting and revitalizing existing churches and this must continue. However, new church plants offer the greatest hope in reaching people far from God in Clarksville.
In our research and planning, we have identified several areas where new churches need planting. We hope to help plant those new churches as well as this work near Kenwood.
Jesus has given us a mission: Make disciples as you go. Jesus told us to make disciples. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
In our going, going to work, to school, to play, in going about our lives, make disciples. We fulfill our mission by making disciples. We will be disciples who make disciples who make disciples. We want to be and become disciples whose lives become so completely immersed in the life of Christ that our own life reveals Christ. To this we are called.
Jesus has given us a message: Hope. Peter wrote, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…and do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15). People need hope. They need to see it first in us. We will be people of hope. We are not perfect and neither do we have all the answers, but Jesus has given us hope and a future. We want to share this with Clarksville and others until the whole world knows.