After months of prayer and three vision meetings in March, April and May, The 318 Fellowship met for the very first time on June 1, 2016 in the conference room of Hampton Inn in the Providence Marketplace. Centered in the middle of Wilson County and the City of Mt Juliet, overlooking Providence Marketplace, we pray that the Lord will use us to build relationships in an effort to introduce people there to a profound and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Randy Davis, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, once said, "If all the people in Wilson County decided to go to church there would not be enough seats to hold them in the churches that presently exist." Thus, there has to be a movement of new churches and new visions that God can use to reach new people. At the same time, the neighborhoods of Mt Juliet and the surrounding area are filled with people who know the Lord but find themselves searching for a place of service and community, a new place to connect.
We know that we are not the only church in town and by no means do we think we are the best; we just believe that God has placed us here for a specific reason to reach a specific people with a very specific vision. What started with 8 people has now grown to 73. God has blessed and challenged and continued to tweak who we are and where we are headed. It's not always been a easy journey but we have learned together that God has a beautiful plan in the valleys, the mountains and in between.