Planting the Impossible Church
After meeting as a core team in three area venues, WellSpring Community Church launched for God’s glory on September 17, 2006 in a rented space where I-65 meets Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville, Alabama. It was a great place to begin a missional outreach in all directions—Montgomery, Prattville, Wetumpka, and Millbrook—but we knew we’d eventually desire a place of our own. In June 2017, God showed us His provision by offering 7.42 acres just off Old Prattville Road, just behind a water tower with the word “Resurrection” painted on it. Over a decade prior, when we were wrapping up Mike’s graduate studies through Asbury Seminary’s Beeson Pastor Program, God caught our attention by whispering to me, “I am sending you to a Resurrection.” For 13 years, we pondered the meaning of this word, but now we know.
While we began paying off the land and acquiring/renovating 8 former military modular buildings which we fused together into one, we were blessed to share space with the former Robinson Springs Elementary School followed by Hot Diggity Dog restaurant in downtown Millbrook. We prepared for a March 2020 launch into the completed space only to join the world in being beset by the COVID-19 lock-down mandates. We tackled the wonderful challenge of meeting outside and meeting online while those restrictions were in place, and now we are fully restored to watching God grow our fellowship one year later.
From its inception to the present, we have seen the Spirit move in countless ways: babies birthed by prayer, marriages restored and strengthened, over 100 water baptisms performed, new ministries birthed, missions both local and overseas enabled, and lives changed. Holding tightly to John Wesley’s quadrilateral–Scripture first, followed by tradition, reason, and experience—we testify that the problems that face the world today cannot be solved “by might or power, but only by the Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). As we follow in the steps of Jesus Christ by laying down our lives for each other—mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically (should it be necessary)—we find truth and freedom that will help us to keep running the race to be His vessel for an immeasurable harvest. The best IS yet to come!
Photo credit to Danna Beale