The following public announcement was first made on March 28, 2017, via Facebook.
It’s announcement time.
It’s my joy to be able to publicly announce today that the Lord Jesus has now officially and spiritually merged The Resurrection into August Gate Church. And for this, we celebrate, thankful for all God has done, and will yet accomplish.
Since moving to Granite City, Illinois and planting The Resurrection officially in October 2010, I have had the indescribably beautiful privilege of experiencing Jesus’ transformative Gospel power all around me, in the lives of our little flock. God has done so much in the lives of so many during these years, including my own!
All this will continue. I have personally known and watched some of the key leaders at August Gate Church for close to 15 years. We have all become convinced through prayer that God has now brought us together, to partner for the sake of the Gospel in our region, as a family. It’s very exciting.
None of us have all the details, and none of us presume to know God’s future plan, beyond the Scriptures. But we don’t need to, we have heard Him on this, and we trust Him.
In this next season, I would like everyone out there to be aware of 3 things: Pass these on for me, will you?
1) August Gate Church is one church, currently with two Sunday gatherings: South St. Louis City and O’Fallon, IL. Check out our website and learn more.
2) If you are looking for a great church, we meet on weeknights in people’s homes throughout the area, including in Granite City. Look on the Website under Gospel Communities.
3) Since we all believe being a pastor is a role that we raise people up into within a local congregation, I am no longer a pastor. This is because it is our intention that I come under the processes that August Gate Church has created to raise up pastor/elders. This will happen (if at all) according to their timing and discretion. We all agree this is the appropriate next step for us, and whatever gain I had I gladly count as loss for the sake of Christ. (Just letting you know this is the case.)
4) I am sending more information out to our faithful partners and partnering organizations this week, but I felt it’s time to get the word out there today.
Our people and I are so thankful that the Lord is carrying us into this next season. This is not the end, at all. This is a new partnership, under the same Lord Jesus, with the same Gospel message that saves and transforms weak, sinful people like you and me, forever. This is simply a resurrection.
We believe in resurrection. Deeply.
But we are August Gate Church. Joyfully!
Granite City, Illinois