The BIG Announcement

Ok … how to begin this post?

Well, I suppose I’ll start at the beginning in case anyone out there needs to be brought up to speed.

My husband is a Pastor. For 14 years we lived and served in Nashville, Tennessee. Last June we were sent to Savannah, Georgia, after much prayer and confirmation from our Pastors to plant a church here.

A couple of months after arriving we began a Bible Study with some of James’ co-workers, and then in January we started meeting as Brookstone Community Church with regular church services in our home each Sunday. Attendance has been steady and we’ve seen some visitors come and go, but we knew it wouldn’t be long and we’d need a place to meet.

It’s been really tough, spiritually speaking, to make any headway. The divine connections we experienced when we first arrived seemed to all but stop and we seemed to face dead ends at every turn.

Prayer and Fasting

About six or seven weeks ago, we got serious about things and started meeting with the Marrie’s once a week to pray and fast for our situations – both personally and for the church.

Almost immediately we felt a renewed sense of peace – even if we weren’t seeing things change – and we continued to pray and fast each week.

Four Weeks Ago

I’d say approximately four weeks ago, on a Saturday, James was headed into work and I was headed to a Girl Scout meeting. On a “whim” James stopped at a small, country church when he saw someone outside mowing the lawn. He’s been looking to meet other Pastors in the area for friendship and network purposes. So, he was delighted to discover the man at the building was one of the men in charge at the church.

Long story very short … this gentleman and another man had started the church as a ministry extension from a local thrift shop in order to minister to the needs they saw daily in that shop.

James and he struck up a friendship and they have been going to lunch almost weekly since then.

The Offer

I’m leaving a LOT of details out and for the sake of brevity, I’ll just cut to the chase.

Out of the kindness of his heart, he offered the use of their church building for our services!

The church is small but ample as a starting point. It has a small sanctuary that will seat about 80-85 in the current configuration. It also has two classrooms and a multi-purpose kitchen/meeting area.

The plan: to have early morning services and to have mid-week services on Thursdays.

So, we now have a place to meet. Pretty awesome, huh?

James sat down today at lunch to hammer out the details for our meetings …

(Cue late-night infomercial voiceover)

“But wait, there’s more.”

Did I fail to mention that neither of the men who started the church believed they were to Pastor the church?

Indeed that is the case. Both of them have professed they are otherwise gifted and have been filling in until a pastor could be located. Enter a third man, who joined them about six months ago as interim pastor.

He and his family travel about an hour each direction on Sundays so that he can pastor the church here. He believes he is to start a church in his hometown but is tending to the needs here in the meantime.

Stepping out in Faith

Long, long story again cut very, very short …

As James prepared to sit down to discuss details regarding our services, they sat down with very different intentions.

By the end of lunch, plans were underway to, in their words, “pass the baton” to new leadership and to lock, stock, and barrel, merge with us and become Brookstone Community Church!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rather than us joining them, they would like to turn things over to us and become one church.

WOW!!

There’s still a lot of legal things to be worked out but as of Sunday, James will be preaching there each Sunday from now on and one of their men will continue a Discipleship class for mid-week services during the transition time.

It’s all SO MUCH to take in right now, but this truly was NONE of our doing and completely, 100% God’s.

Many times over, the men who started the church have stated that maybe they were able to build it up so that another could take it. They even referenced the Old Testament story about King David and how he wanted to build a dwelling place for God {the Tabernacle} but all he was able to do was gather the materials in preparation for another.

We know that unless the “Lord builds the house” we labor in vain here, and we are acutely aware that He is what it will take to pay the mortgage on the building and to maintain any type of forward motion. BUT, we trust that He started this thing and will surely see it through to completion.

It feels like we are a train on a track and God is the locomotive. We can’t go anywhere under our own power but He has sent us on the ride of our life!

The Unfolding Story

I can’t wait to share with you all that is sure to come in the weeks ahead. I’ll be sure to post pictures and acquaint you with the church family as well.

We’re excited and deeply humbled at the same time. Exhilarated giddy-ness mixes with somber awareness of the task at hand. We can’t wait to see what God has in store!

*Please continue to pray ~ In fact, this blog is merely a means to share basic info. If you want to join with us in prayer for this endeavor, please email me (or send a Facebook message) and I’ll add you to our email list.

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34 thoughts on “The BIG Announcement

  1. Jana says:

    Christy this is awesome!! God is so good! I know that HE will continue to move and open doors for Brookstone Community Church and your family.

    Please keep me up to date and email me the prayer requests!

      • sue OTTO says:

        i AM SO STOKED FOR YOU GUYS Jesus is so faithful I am crying and touched that God has taken you to newer deeper levels since you have all been so faithful in the little he can bless you abundantly please add us to your email updates.

        We will continue praying . love you sue

  2. Sandye Michael says:

    Alrighty then!!! I have tears in my eyes as I am reading this posting! You have shown yourselves faithful in the little, now God is giving you the much!!! Oh how we rejoice for you! I am going to call Randall right now!! Please add me to the list to pray for you guys and Brookstone Community Church!
    Just a side note, announcing a pregnancy would have also made my day! LOL !!!!
    We love you guys, give PJ a big hug from us!

    • cbroxton says:

      Thanks, Sandye! There were lots of tears here yesterday too — joy mixed with the overwhelming goodness of God!! I’ll be sure to add you to the prayer list too. Mwah

  3. Cindy McDaniels says:

    Christy and PJ,

    I am so very excited for you and the people that are getting ready to experience God in such an awesome way! I can’t wait to see what HE IS GOING TO DO NEXT! I know this is an answered prayer. You guys are awesome…just like the Father! Keep me posted and add me to whatever list! Praying God’s best for you…look out Georgia!

    Love,
    Cindy

    • cbroxton says:

      Thank you, Cindy! We can’t wait either. I’ve truly never been in this place before — where God is moving us along and we’re just along for the ride. It’s so tangible – the realization that this is ALL HIM.

  4. Kaye says:

    This is absolutely AWESOME! God is so great and always faithful!

    I will pray for the direction of the church as well as its growth and ministry.

    So excited for you guys!!!!

  5. Tonda says:

    Christy!! This is such good news! I was just reading and posting for my status on fb , Eph. 3:20! Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think!
    Of course add me to your list. I’d be honored to continue to pray for Brookstone Community Church!!
    Love you guys so much.
    God Bless you my friend.

  6. Kim Garrett says:

    PRAISE HIM!!! That is so awesome Broxtons and Brookstone what a Godly covenant! I am so exicted for you all, this is what God has been preparing all this time. It is Harvest time my sister…keep reaping. I’m going to shout myself happy up in my office. Although, I must admit I too was hoping a baby was in the oven, but I’ll keep praying for 2010. May God bless your hands and your continued faithfulness. I love you all!!

  7. Tiara says:

    WOW!!! That is awesome news Christy! We are so happy for you all and can’t wait to see all God is giong to do for you all as you continue to trust Him. Please add us to the list as we continue to pray for you all and Brookstone Community Church.

    Love you all,
    Tiara

  8. Teri says:

    Chicken!!! That is awesome news! I love to hear how God blesses those who truly seek HIM and do His will.

    I can’t wait to see pics and hear all your updates. We will continue to be praying for you all.

    Love you and miss you.

  9. Michelle says:

    Im with Sandye I had tears in my eyes too reading! That is soo awesome! Im so excited to hear that God is really moving for you guys! He wouldn’t of sent you there otherwise. We will continue to pray for all of you and can’t wait until we visit and get to come to Brookstone Church! We are waiting on God to move for us too and Susan said, “God is never late”. He sure wasn’t in ya’lls situation! I’m soo excited and can’t wait to hear more details!
    Love you!
    Michelle

    • cbroxton says:

      Thanks, Michelle! We are looking forward to keeping everyone posted on things as they unfold. Thanks for praying with us. It is true that He’s never late — yours is on the way! Mwah

  10. Melissa says:

    That is great news. I really wanted you guys in a church setting instead of a home….now I know you guys will grow. Im so excited. But Im with Virginia in hoping it was a baby boy broxton news 🙂 lol

    I love and miss you guys tons. Hope to see you soon. ME

    • cbroxton says:

      Trust me, we didn’t think the home was an ideal place either, but you start where you can. It’s truly an answer to prayers!! Love you too! Mwah

  11. Tosheena Robinson-Blair says:

    Christy, this is awesome. You and Pastor James are more than equipped to handle the task at hand.

    Plus you are everything the First Lady of a church should be: God-fearing, kind, considerate, down-to-earth, loving, I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

    Congratulations, again.

    Next step, taking the ministry international when you come to preach in The Bahamas.

    –Sheena

    • cbroxton says:

      Aw, Sheena, that is so sweet. I love you and miss you so much. As to the Bahamas: you know I’m down with that! :o) Just say the word! Mwah!!!

  12. jeff king says:

    Christy and PJ, this is so magnificent!!!! I don’t know what to say! There is such a stirring going on in my spirit as I hold back the tears of excitement. Although a few broke through as I continued to read what is the beginning of the unveiling of the Master’s plan. I don’t know if it was your great presentation or Gods awesome orchestration of events. Either way, I’m happy for you and that “joka” man of yours, and the Marrie’s. May the Lord bless ya’ll real, real good. Oh, and Tobin (Tovin) says to tell Stephie hi and she misses her. Once again, great news. Keep pressin’!!!!! We love you guys and put us on the list. Rise up and take your place BCC.

    • cbroxton says:

      Jeff ~ thanks so much! We’re crying down here too. God is awesome!
      I’ll be sure to pass the message along to Stephie. I know she misses her buddy!!
      Love you all

  13. Brian D Pratt says:

    Pastor James Broxton and Chris you are so blessed! I have to tell you that while I was reading about your great rewards, I have to tell you that I started crying myself and the Holy Spirit was in and around me so strong that I know this is your time to shine my brother! I knew you were sent there for a reason and God is opening your doors . I am so happy that you are in the spotlight my Brother, I mean you and your Family! Gob bless you and your beautiful family! Love you all! Take care! The Pratts!

  14. colleen messer says:

    Hey; Girl
    That’s such wonderful news, David said you guys were getting a church, but of course none of the details LOL. I’ll continue to pray for you all. I’m still hoping to visit in February. You’ll have to let me know whats to do there so I can plan something for Cassy since it will be around her birthday. If you have any suggestions let me know.
    And about this baby stuff, a few weeks back David was talking to Pastor James and I was so tempted to ask him if he was ready for another baby. I’ve never had that thought before. So tell me are you guys wanting another one anytime soon? I love you all, and miss you alot send pictures of the church.

    • cbroxton says:

      Thanks Co!
      February sounds great!! Keep watching the blog here — I’m going to be adding a tab of information on What to Do in Savannah for all those who want to come visit. I’ll be sure to keep a look out for special stuff in February and keep you posted.
      As to the baby stuff 🙂
      None in the plans right now.

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