Where We've Been & Where We're Going

Where we've been

 

Celebration Community Fellowship began in the pastor’s living room as a small group of fervent believers met to pray and seek God’s will for birthing a new church. Having ministered over 15 years in a large Southern Baptist church with lots of church programs and activities, we clearly saw the need for something different, something more like the first century church where believers met from house to house, shared the gospel message, and discipled one another. We were concerned that people were “dropping through the cracks”… their true needs were not being met, there was no “one-on-one mentoring,” and many had dropped out of church, disillusioned, discouraged, and full of despair. We longed to see the Holy Spirit move in power in people’s lives bringing salvation, deliverance, healing and restoration!

 

Our first public service was held at the banquet room of an area motel in Blue Springs, Missouri, on Sunday, August 7th, 2000. Pastor Gordon and his wife, Shari, carried the vision of small group ministry deeply in their hearts as they began to cast that vision to those first early members. The vision was simple: love God and love people. The example was Jesus Himself! The Master Church Builder, Jesus Christ, began with just 12 men and carefully poured His life into them throughout three and a half intensive years of ministry; thus equipping them to reach other faithful men, train them and send them out. And so the vision for MULTIPLICATION continues to this very day. CCF set out to follow in His steps.

 

The church has continued to grow! Leaders were developed, home life groups were started, and our Sunday Celebration began to flourish. In August 2005 God provided a miracle and we purchased our present church home!

 

What’s next?

 

Our theme for the coming years is “Pressing In, Pressing On!” The Apostle Paul wrote,

 

 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!”

 

It’s our desire at CCF to go deeper into intimacy with Jesus by pressing into Him more…listening for His Voice…and then pressing on in obedience to what He’s saying!

 

Each year will be a time of defining and living out the true DNA of our calling. There will be seasons of fasting proclaimed throughout the year as we draw nearer to Him. Our celebration services will flow with the intention of ministering deeply to God…and flowing in ministry to each other. And you’ll notice that our seeking Him through prayer and worship will be more intense and more of the focus in our home groups.

 

Each of us will begin to identify our personal ministry gifts and discover how, where, and to whom He wants us to minister as we personally continue to grow in our knowledge of Him and His Word!

 

So how about you? What is the “one thing” you desire most? What is the cry of your heart? Are there hidden longings in your life that you desperately need God to meet this year? Are you content with where you are spiritually? Do you long to see God move in power your life? Are you tired of “ho-hum-life-as-usual?” 

 

Then don’t miss every opportunity we’ll have TOGETHER in this next year to passionately pursue God with all our hearts… and fervently grow in our love for each other! Dare to go deeper…are you ready for your next step, the next level? Come join the CCF family and just see where God takes you in this journey called LIFE!

 

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