As many of you know, Mercy Hill is a little less than 3 weeks away from a monumental shift: we are moving from being 1 church in 1 location, to 1 church in 2 locations. Honestly, we could not be more excited! God has been doing amazing things through Mercy Hill and it is our hope and prayer that He will continue to do so, in even greater measure, through this next chapter we are about to begin.
In the midst of this ramp up process for the new campus, I have been asked the following question multiple times: “Why is Mercy Hill Church going multisite?” It’s a fair question. Why are we going multisite? Is it because “every other” fast-growing church is doing it? Are we just following what’s trendy in the church world?
For me, the answer is simple. Mercy Hill is going multisite because multisite is a great vehicle to accomplish the mission that God has given us. This should lead to at least one follow up question: “What is Mercy Hill’s mission?” If you’ve been around Mercy Hill for a while, you could probably answer that question, no problem. However, if you are new to Mercy Hill or have not yet been to Mercy Hill, let me share our mission with you now. At Mercy Hill, people are the mission.
People have value. People have been separated from God by their sin and people need to be reconciled to God. People are lost, broken, hurting, and in need of help. Christ died for people and spent his time on earth with people. If we look at the life of Jesus and take seriously his final charge to his disciples in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples (of people), then we have got to be a church that is about introducing people to Jesus.
That, simply put, is why we are going multisite. Sure, there are 1000 other reasons to go multisite or not go multisite but, at the end of the day, we feel that multisite (not as the vision, but as the vehicle) allows Mercy Hill to accomplish the mission God has given us. And praise God, we are already beginning to see how a Mercy Hill Campus in Central Greensboro will allow us to reach people. Even though we haven’t launched the campus yet, a couple of our staff members have already had opportunities to share the Gospel with people from the neighborhood surrounding the new campus location. It is our hope that these Gospel conversations are just the first of many to take place in the years to come.
What about you? What part do you feel God calling you to play in this new campus? We will launch the campus on September 11th with two morning services (9:30 & 11am). If you are planning to attend the new campus, we look forward to seeing you there! If you are still on the fence, I would encourage you to really take time over the next couple of weeks to prayerfully consider your involvement. If you already know that you will not be going, would you pray? Pray that God would use this campus as a “Gospel force” in the heart of the Triad.
-Randy Titus (Clifton Road Campus Pastor)