we celebrate god's faithfulness to build his church! it's been such an amazing journey so far, and we can't wait to see what the lord has in store for christ community and fayetteville in the coming years.
In the summer of 2013, the Baileys moved from Atlanta to Fayetteville. Hunter and Abbie had both graduated from the University of Arkansas in the late 90’s. 14 years and 3 kiddos later, the Baileys were pulling into Fayetteville with hopes of planting a church downtown.
When the Baileys arrived, there were 3 other families committed to planting this church. This group prayed for the Lord to open doors and began to share with others a vision for a new gospel-centered church in the heart of the city. As these families began to connect with their friends and neighbors, it quickly became apparent that the Lord had an exciting plan. Within the first month, 3 other families and a handful of college students signed on to be a part of the core team of this downtown church.
Soon, the young church had a name: Christ Community Church (CCC). The new name represents a dedication to being a community anchored by the work of Christ. The core team began to meet together regularly to pray, to plan, and to dream about how God might use us to renew our city.
In October 2013, Christ Community Church hosted our first “Vision Night,” followed by another “Vision Night” in November. By the end of the fall 2013, our core team had grown to include 8 college students, a few young professionals, and about 15 families.
On January 12th, 2014, CCC held our "Preview Service." This worship service was a chance for our young church family and friends to see what our weekly worship experience would be like. Then, on February 16, 2014, Christ Community launched weekly worship services. Our original worship service time was Sundays at 5pm, at the Dickson Theater.
We desire for our worship service to be a place that is both rich in content and deeply welcoming. We also want to be a place that provides space for our non-Christian friends to consider the claims of Christ within the context of a safe and loving community of believers. The warm welcome of our community creates a place where you can belong before you believe.
At the same time we launched weekly worship, we also started three new City Groups. City Groups are the multi-faceted community groups of the church. Our City Groups seek to share life, deepen our understanding of the gospel, and provide another front door for our friends and neighbors to be welcomed into the church.
In the summer of 2014, Christ Community welcomed Billy Crain as our assistant pastor. Billy, Ashley, and their four children moved to Fayetteville in July 2014. Billy oversees CCC City Groups. Under his leadership, our City Group ministry multiplied from 3 groups to 9 groups. The growth of our City Group ministry has opened up many new avenues for us to connect with our neighbors and to partner with local charities and ministries for the good of our city.
We continued 5pm worship at the Dickson Theater for two and a half years. At the end of September 2016, we said goodbye to our original worship service location and temporarily re-located to a beautiful, landmark Fayetteville location: Mount Sequoyah Conference Center. At this time, we also transitioned to a 10am worship service.
CCC will continue to worship at 10am at Mount Sequoyah during the process of demolition and new construction at the Dickson Theater site. In the fall of 2016, the Theater will be torn down, and construction will begin on a new building, called The Lumiere. The Lumiere will be home to August & Louie, a new independent movie theater. After construction is complete The Lumiere will serve as CCC’s permanent home for our Sunday worship services. In partnership with the owners of the new building, Christ Community is excited to create a permanent gospel footprint downtown and engage our culture in meaningful ways. We look forward to hosting our worship service in this location with eager anticipation. As the Lord continues to build our church, we pray that He would strengthen and equip us to expand His kingdom, by His grace and for His glory!