Small Church, Big Heart


Many of you are not aware of this but just three years ago I had the opportunity to be on the front end of something very big. In October of 2006 Amanda and I had the opportunity of a lifetime…to help a church plant.  At the same time Lifepoint began a small group in Tunica with the desire of one day our groups merging and forming one large small group.  Several pastors in the area mentioned they felt led to start a new work in the Tunica/Robinsonville corridor and proceeded accordingly.  So, under the leadership of Wade Humphries of Longview Point and George Ross of Lifepoint, they began the process. Ecstatic, Amanda and I began hosting this small group of people in our home every Sunday night.  We came together to pray, study God’s word, encourage one another and build community together.  Even though there were only a handful of families, our Sunday night meetings were the highlight of mine and Amanda’s week.  Our group’s goal was to one day start a church.  We didn’t have a pastor, a worship pastor, a youth minister, a children’s director or even part time staff.  It was just us.

Today, under the leadership of Lead Pastor Brian Tillman, The Church at Riverbend is growing and sowing the seeds of the Gospel throughout Desoto County.  The Lord has also brought David Fields, the worship pastor and Clay Taylor, the youth pastor,  who have a heart for people and a desire to see Jesus proclaimed.  (In all, we are very fortunate to have such Godly servants). We also have regular worship services, prayer meetings and connect groups in homes.  Riverbend has seen new families come into our midst and be part of our congregation.  We have held block parties, participated in disaster relief, and hopefully been a light to the community.  Today, Riverbend is growing.  The church has moved to two services on Sunday morning and in need of more space. Lord willing, the faith family will move into their new facility in April.

So what is the point of all this?  God is so good to allow all of us to experience life with others.  He has given each believer a story of how He changed us.  Sometimes being part of a congregation is seen as a burden, a heavy weight to bear.  Sometimes we even take it for granted.  However, we are the body of Christ!  We each have a responsibility within our local church.  What area are you serving in?  How are you strengthening your church through your service?  We all have a responsibility to give our prayer, time and money.  What a blessing to be able to share our experiences, our hurts, our triumphs and tragedies with those in our congregation.  We are all so fortunate to be part of God’s work!  Be encouraged brothers and sisters!  I am praying that each one of us would experience the awesome privilege of knowing the Lord and laboring in His field.  Be thankful that you are part of the Kingdom of God!