Pastor J.D. Greear Says Summit Church Facilities Will Not Open Again in 2020, Shifts 12,000 Members Toward House Churches

Pastor J.D. Greear of Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, told his 12,000 congregants this week that church facilities will not reopen in 2020 and plans include launching a couple thousand house churches.

“Instead of The Summit Church being 12,000 people meeting in 12 different locations on the weekend, now we are going to be about 15,000 people meeting in about 2,400 locations,” said Greear during the Summit Church’s live stream on Tuesday (7/21).

Greear, who is also the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, said that the church needs to strategize like this is the new normal, reported Jesse Jackson in a ChurchLeaders article.

The Summit Church pastor joined Andy Stanley who also recently shared that North Point Community Church will not be reopening this year. Greear’s announcement was due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, according to ChurchLeaders. In his message, ‘Unpack Your Bags – Make the new normal our normal,’ Greear compared the current situation to staying at a hotel for an extended period of time – “you’d unpack your bags if you know that you’re going to be there for awhile, but not unpack if it’s just temporary.”

Greear said, “This may not be a storm that passes very quickly…we just don’t want to operate week to week anymore as we have been and then wake up six months from now and look back and realize how much we missed (in making disciples) because we didn’t adjust.”

ChurchLeaders reported that some of The Summit Church campuses meet in schools, and because those schools will be holding classes online, those church campuses would not have a place to hold services.

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SOURCE: Assist News