Potential Church has made the news again! Below is an article written by Katie Cruice Smith of The Greer Citizen in this months edition. Thank you Katie for contacting us and helping us highlight how God is moving at Potential!!
According to its website, Potential Church’s “heartbeat” is “to authentically experience the love of Christ, joyfully model the life of Christ, and compassionately show the grace of Christ.” And it seems that the newest church in Lyman is already reaching the community in this way. On Oct. 7, Potential Church opened its doors at the old Lyman Armory at 59 Groce Rd. with 168 people in attendance.
Since then, the church has been seeing an average of 75 people at its weekly worship service. “A core group of 12 started gathering, praying, and planning in June,” said Lance Martin lead Pastor of Potential Church. “We consistently grew throughout the summer, meeting on Sunday nights, and began a sign campaign throughout the community.”Already the church is reaching out to the community for its first series, “The Gift,” which started this past Sunday. Martin is using social media to ask people “what is the best, worst, tackiest, oddest, or sweetest gift they have ever received for Christmas.”
The small church is growing quickly, already having seen several people getting saved and several more waiting to be baptized in the church’s first baptismal service at the end of January. “God’s done a wonderful work,” Martin said. “We call our members ‘Partner’s’ because we’re in this together.” Potential Church is seeking to present itself as a different kind of church- one where age, culture, background, and race don’t set people apart but rather brings them together. The modern worship, which is lead by worship leader Mitch Roberts, is one way that Potential Church is trying to be different. The attire for the worship services is causal dress. The kids worship is interactive with signing, games, and valuable lessons.
“Our motto is ‘helping people reach their full potential in Jesus Christ,'” Martin said. “We have people from from all age groups, walks of life, and backgrounds.” Currently, the church only meets on Sundays at 10am.