Our story has a unique and long story, but we'll keep it short here and tell you more in person. So here we go... Two churches, The Heights Church (Pastor Cotten) and Maverick City Church (Pastor Williams) merged their churches together in February 2019 to become One Church. At One Church we are well blended and diverse. At One Church you'll see multiple races, generations, and social classes. We want to look on Earth as it will in Heaven.
A NEW STYLE OF CHURCH (WELL... SORT OF)
One Church might end up being different than any other church out there, but not just to be different for different’s sake. Instead of looking at other churches and discovering what they were doing that was different and catching the eye of the culture we have wrestled with one question - What would it look like for a group of committed followers of Jesus to actually live as the church instead of just going to the church?
The church model in the New Testament was less of a formal institution than what we see today in most American churches. It met weekly and was more about the people living out their faith and meeting needs, on a daily basis, both their own and those of others. (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; 5:42; James 1:22-25).
Leadership was strong, but there wasn’t a distinct model where the “clergy” did all the work while the “lay people” merely received. At One Church everyone works towards the church’s mission. (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Peter 4:10).
A New Testament Church equips its people to do ministry, so the church can live out God’s mission in concert with each another (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11-22).
The gospel is not a one time “exchange” from [insert sin] to Jesus, but an abundant, yet challenging life where God transforms everything we are, so we can pour our lives into others (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-22; 1 Peter 1:14-16).
What Scripture teaches about the church is vastly different from what we see in our typical, 21st century, Bible-belt engrained, American model, which has become so institutional. If we were to set ourselves up after that model we would be clamoring for the same 15-20% of the population that is already plugged in to other great churches in Marshall. One Church is returning to her roots, “being the church”... being different because we believe this return is necessary for those who aren’t being reached by existing models.