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Annistonís Renovation City Church seeks to restore communitycomment (0)

January 6, 2011

By Anna Swindle

The word “renovation” means “to restore to life,” and that’s exactly the mission of Renovation City Church, Anniston. This multicultural church plant intends to bring new life to the Glen Addie community with a new kind of place to worship and minister.

But it’s not going to rely solely on church members to reach out.

One of the unique aspects of Renovation City is its emphasis on bringing groups from around the state, the country and even the world to Anniston for missions work.

“I went on a missions trip to Memphis over the summer and then thought, ‘What if God wants to host this kind of ministry in Anniston?’” said Chris Terrell, who is in the process of planting the church, which will continue the discipleship efforts of his nonprofit Renovation Ministries. “‘We can bring in churches from all over to reach out to people who are hungry for the gospel.’ The only problem was where would we house the church itself and the groups that come to Anniston.”

That’s where Greenbrier Road Baptist Church, Anniston, stepped in. Brad Williams, Greenbrier Road Baptist’s pastor, has been a friend of Terrell’s for about three years, and his church shared Terrell’s desire to reach out to Glen Addie.

“Chris really wanted a partnership, someone who wanted to reach a community,” Williams said. “We’re small, with a Sunday School attendance of just over 100, and we didn’t have money to offer him, but we did have the same goal: to be missions-minded.”

And the church had an entire wing of its building available for Renovation City to use.

Eventually, though, Terrell knew his church would need its own space. That need was met in a one-of-a-kind way: the donation of a hotel, something that’s still hard for him to believe.

“Literally, who gives you a hotel?” he said. “God provided a hotel that’s sitting on a hill in a community that needs the gospel. That in and of itself is something intriguing.”

And as it prepares for its first official meeting in January, Renovation City has found another source of support — Calhoun Baptist Association. The church has been voted into the association under watch care.

John Thomas, associate director of missions for Calhoun Association, is excited about what the new church will bring to the community.

“The box that this church is in is pretty big,” Thomas said, adding, “It’s not going to look like a traditional church.” Those words are music to Terrell’s ears. He wants Renovation City to challenge the concept of “church.” Eventually he hopes to help with missions trips worldwide and spread out to other parts of the world to reach out to communities in need.

For starters, the church plans to offer different options for groups coming to reach out to its community: a weekendlong event called Renovation Weekend, a weeklong missions experience known as the Summer Renovation and a project specific to a team’s expertise called a Custom Renovation.  

“The main thing is there’s no better way to get people involved than to put them on the missions field. It’s addictive,” Williams said. “I can’t wait to see what hap­pens.”

For more information, visit renovationministry.epiclifecreative.com or call 256-499-1182.

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