9 years ago today on a rainy Saturday night, Awaken Church opened its doors in Riverside Center for the very first time. We were renting a 2,400 square foot storefront in a downtown shopping center built in the 1970s. We launched with 44 adults and about a million kids (that’s not a completely accurate number). We went down to about 20-25 adults over the following weeks, and one Wednesday night I preached to 3 women. We’ve now grown to almost 900, and we own the whole shopping center where we started. We’ve been through a devastating flood, angry people, celebrations and monumental moments, frustration, and questions. But through it all, we’ve seen almost 1,000 people surrender their lives to Jesus, hundreds baptized, and so many miracles and lives changed we can’t count or remember them all.

It’s been a journey to say the least.

Since we arrived in Clarksville over 9 years ago, I’ve had a heart to help church planters. I’ve coached planters, attended and spoken at church planting conferences, talked to prospective church planters on the phone and via email, drank a lot of coffee with church planters (coffee is one commonality with almost all pastors and planters), and scouted and prayed and talked a lot about what our next move is as a church. I want to help church planters because I needed (and took) all the help I could get when I first got here.

We. Had. No. Clue.

I’ve often said that had I known what I was stepping into, I may not have wanted to step into it at all! We packed up our family and moved 1,500 miles across the country filled with vision, faith, and naiveté (a cocktail of traits we couldn’t have survived without).

My prayer is that my words here inspire and lead you to greater faith in whatever your calling is. You may plant a church some day, or you may run a business, raise kids, sell cars, make coffee, or a mix of all of the above. Whatever you do, I hope you’re encouraged by what I share.

Throughout our journey together, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at info@awaken.church and let me know how these blog posts and emails are helping you, and what you’d like to hear more about.

I’m in this with you. Let’s change the world together.


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