Today we tell the story of Antioch Community Church, and it’s 30 years of healthy church growth. As a church, we just celebrated our 30 year anniversary.
We chat about how the church began and how God used circumstances early on to shape the church into what it is now. Mark and the original elders didn’t set out to build an age-integrated church. We talk about how God brought about that change in thinking. Circumstances required that we include children in the service, but we continued doing it after we saw the benefits. It wasn’t until a few years later, Mark realized that “family-integrated” churches were growing across the country.
Micah talks about why he moved back to be a part of the church after college. We have several families with 3 or more generations. Children that were raised in the church, have followed Christ and continue to stay and serve with their growing families. This is uncommon. What draws many of the young people to stay and be a part of the church?
We also talk about some of the challenges that our church has faced in the past 30 years, including disagreements in the church and situations where families left.
We are thankful that God has blessed Antioch with 30 years of healthy church growth and we look forward to what the Lord will do in the future!
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Links and Recommendations:
Family-Driven Faith – by Voddie Baucham
Age-Integrated Church – by J. Mark Fox
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