Wellspring fellowship began with the purpose to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, and today our desire is still to glorify Him.
Wellspring Fellowship began with Brad and Jamie Parrish who both attended Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. At the time, Brad was a Police Officer for the city of Lee’s Summit, and Brad and Jamie were attending Liberty Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, MO. During this time Brad was called to teach. Brad’s spiritual gift is teaching, and this is very evident when you hear him teach God’s Word. Liberty Baptist Church ordained Brad and he was sent out to start a church plant.
Wellspring Fellowship, named after the gospel story of the Woman at the Well, started in a Blue Springs indoor soccer facility as an Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) church plant. Brad’s vision was to serve in a God-honoring multigenerational-family-integrated congregation. He was greatly discouraged by the decay of the modern American family, and he could no longer practice “dividing up” the family at the front door of the church. Therefore, most of the activities of the church were designed to include the entire family together. Wellspring Fellowship eventually moved to Legacy Park Community Center in Lee’s Summit, and the church moved again to the home of Brad and Jamie.
I was a member of the Kansas City Baptist Temple. I experienced small group life for the first time in their cell group ministry. The experience was so impactful, I started reading books on cell groups which led me to books about house churches. I later moved to a mid-size church in Lee’s Summit to be closer to my home. My family and I attended Lee’s Summit Baptist Temple. I enjoyed their small Sunday School group and Saturday evangelism team, but I had a strong-abiding desire to be part of a house church.
Through internet searches in 2007, I eventually found Brad and Jamie’s house church through a family integrated church website. Four more families have joined us. They either found us through a family integrated church website, a house church directory website, or through friendships and family relationships.
I have been with this body for 10 years. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have so much more to say about it, so please read more about my house church journey at the following link: https://robertjgood.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/why-i-go-to-a-house-church/
There are many advantages to a house church, but the two advantages that stand out the most are: 1) the participation during the church meeting, and 2) the many opportunities for Christian fellowship.
Our participation and fellowship are manifested in the below activities.
For Sunday morning meetings, we always start the meeting with prayer requests and prayer to our Father. This is an important time of sharing with each other and the Lord.
Then we sing unto the Lord. We sing mainly traditional protestant hymns, but we also include many children’s Christian songs, and even a few contemporary Christian songs. The children are welcome to request the songs. Between the songs, we have opportunities for all to share what God is doing in our lives, to share a verse each has studied, or to share a witnessing opportunity we recently had.
Brad then has an interactive verse-by-verse Bible teaching time. Over several years, we have studied Genesis, John, Ephesians, and 1 Timothy verse by verse. Brad is very diligent in his studies and in his practice to ask for others’ comments as he proceeds through his well prepared outlines.
After we close in prayer, we then share lunch together every Sunday. This is a great time to get to know what’s going on in each other’s lives. After practicing these after-meeting-meals, I can’t even imagine going to a church that doesn’t have them – it would just seem so impersonal.
Additionally, fellowship is continued at the women’s weekly Bible Study, the men’s monthly breakfast, family game nights, and many other activities.
We have completed many service projects and outreaches over the years, again, see my link for a list: https://robertjgood.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/why-i-go-to-a-house-church/
Where are we headed for the future? Our desire is to glorify God, and we pray to see the salvation and spiritual growth of our children.
Will we stay in a house church? Will we grow into 2 or 3 house churches? Will we grow into a rented space or into a building? I don’t know. Our desire is to trust God and follow His lead.
Are you looking for Christian family fellowship? Do you want to go to a church where you actually know the names of the children from the other families? Do you want to participate during the church meetings, and not be just a passive spectator? If so, then Wellspring Fellowship may be the place for you.
You are invited to come and visit. Our house church currently rotates homes every quarter year, so please call or email for our current location.
Brad Parrish (Pastor-Teacher at Wellspring Fellowship, Lee’s Summit, MO) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Good – email@example.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pg/wellspringfellowship/