Thursday, September 6, 2007

C3 Church


Tricia and I had an opportunity this past week to visit Cleveland Community Church in Clayton, NC, about 20 miles SW of Raleigh. C3 was planted by Pastor, Matt Fry in the fall of 1998 and has grown to over 2000 attenders, being named #100 in the "Top 100 Fastest Growing US Churches" by Outreach Magazine in 2006. The church is in the middle of a building project, expanding their space from about 25,000 to close to 100,000 square feet.

The first Wednesday night of every month is reserved as a vision-driven, members-oriented service, and the first Wednesday of Sept. is reserved especially as a kick-off for the new school year/end of summer. I suppose we picked as good a night as any as our first experience at C3...the atmosphere was high energy as the band rocked for at least 40 minutes and the pastor gave a very clear picture of where the church has come in the past 9 years, and where it is headed in the very near future. With the help of a cool video of clips from past church highlights, Fry especially focused on the the opportunities that the new facilities will give the church to reach their community.

I really appreciated hearing the pastor's heart, and it seemed as if I was having a bit of deja vu as much of what he said is stuff we've been talking about at NHC over the past few years through our building project. It's exciting to see a church much like ours doing bigger things...it gives me excitement to imagine that God is going to do some bigger things with us as well.

It's also fun to see how churches with similar music/worship styles as ours can do things so differently than we do and yet do it just as well. The worship leaders did a great job of leading the people into an exciting and celebratory place of giving thanks to God. A few of the songs were new to me, a few were a little familiar, and a few are songs that we do at NHC. The highlight of the worship for me was watching about 25 people get baptised at the front of the worship center as the rest of the congregation sang to God...every time a person came up out of the water, the place errupted in cheers and applause. Few things make me want to cry more than seeing the joy of a new believer being baptised.

And, to boot, I got to see a few classmates from LU and meet the pastor and his wife.

As Tricia and I spend some more time in Durham over the next few months, we're looking forward to checking out some more churches as well as spending some more time at C3.

Nate

11 comments:

matt fry said...

great to have join guys join us at C3! it's always great to meet fellow Liberty alumni.

MilePost13 said...

ditto!

patience said...

loved having you & tricia with us for first wednesday! can't wait to worship our great God with you again soon!

Anonymous said...

Nate,
It was nice to have you here at C3. Thanks for all the kind words. I know that God is and will continue to do something great with you and your church.
Dan Goodson

MilePost13 said...

thanks!

Anonymous said...

we look forward to having you guys at C3 again! praying for you both.

MilePost13 said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Nate, it was a pleasure having you guys worship with us on such an awesome night!!
Cory Bolduc

MilePost13 said...

Thanks, all! BTW, how are you all finding me?

Stacie said...

Next time you're in Durham on a Sunday (and soon Saturday night too), check out New Horizon Church, aka NHC, in Durham. It is about 10 minutes from Duke. http://www.newhorizonchurch.tv/

AliP said...

We attended the C3 Christmas Eve service while visiting family and now are looking for a similar church near our home in Hamilton NJ. Anyone know how we can find one like that???? Help - email me at apozsony@gmail.com. THANKS!