New Church Forming in Seymour

New Church Forming in Seymour

There are 36 comments on the The Seymour Herald story from Feb 11, 2008, titled New Church Forming in Seymour. In it, The Seymour Herald reports that:

A group is putting together a launch team for a new church in Seymour! The group figures that Seymour is a growing community, 27,000 plus with NO contemporary church. via The Seymour Herald

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Jim Kidwell

AOL

#1 Feb 12, 2008
Seymour needs another church like it needs another bank!

Funny how God was able to be worshipped for thousands of years without asking any of us to become more "contemporary" in the way we do it!
What The Hell

AOL

#2 Feb 12, 2008
It's all about "feeling good" these days. Somehow if you feel good I guess God thinks it's cool. Call it the Joel Osteen phenomenon.
Seymour gal

Milan, TN

#3 Feb 12, 2008
I haven't found any churches in the Seymour area that are very welcoming, and I have lived here for more than 30 years! I have visited Valley Grove, First Baptist, Seymour Methodist and a couple of other churches in the area, and was never made to feel comfortable in any of them. Even people I knew from work and/or neighbors were not friendly!
Seymour needs a church that welcomes everyone!!
Ironical

AOL

#4 Feb 12, 2008
Maybe you're just not a likeable person!
Seymour gal

Milan, TN

#5 Feb 12, 2008
:) I'm a friendly person.
good grief

Milan, TN

#6 Feb 13, 2008
Seymour gal wrote:
I haven't found any churches in the Seymour area that are very welcoming, and I have lived here for more than 30 years! I have visited Valley Grove, First Baptist, Seymour Methodist and a couple of other churches in the area, and was never made to feel comfortable in any of them. Even people I knew from work and/or neighbors were not friendly!
Seymour needs a church that welcomes everyone!!
I've had the same problem. I'm older and single and do not fit in anywhere, so they don't know what to do with me. I recommend you search for a church in Knoxville where you can find a more people with a wider and more diverse population.
good grief

Milan, TN

#7 Feb 13, 2008
Ironical wrote:
Maybe you're just not a likeable person!


Why would that matter? Everyone should be welcomed in God's church. Where is Christian love and compassion?
Seymour gal

Milan, TN

#8 Feb 13, 2008
Thanks, good grief. Maybe I'll take your advice. It's sad you couldn't find a church in Seymour because you a little bit different from the norm.
Republocratic Voter

Gleason, TN

#9 Feb 18, 2008
Seymour gal wrote:
Thanks, good grief. Maybe I'll take your advice. It's sad you couldn't find a church in Seymour because you a little bit different from the norm.
You might try St Pauls Episcopal, it's a very small congregation but very welcoming.

Since: Feb 08

Seymour, TN

#10 Feb 28, 2008
If you are interested in information about the new church visit:

www.TheSummitLive.tv
Smarmy

AOL

#11 Mar 4, 2008
prolife wrote:
If you are interested in information about the new church visit:
www.TheSummitLive.tv
Why the need for "contemporary"? Did God get tired of the way it's been done? Oh, you need it more exciting for YOU, not God right?! This "make me feel good" crap is not only destroying religion but the country at large. It's all about what a person enjoys isn't it?

Since: Mar 08

Nashville, TN

#12 Mar 4, 2008
Maybe give Seymour Height Christian Church a try...we have a really awesome new pastor...not that the old one was not good.

It is funny. My mom has the same problem. My dad passed away a year and a half ago and she is left felling like everything is for couples. I know First Baptist in Sevierville has a very active seniors singles group. I have tried to get her to go, but she has not got up the nerve to yet.
okay

Milan, TN

#13 Mar 4, 2008
Smarmy wrote:
<quoted text>
Why the need for "contemporary"? Did God get tired of the way it's been done? Oh, you need it more exciting for YOU, not God right?! This "make me feel good" crap is not only destroying religion but the country at large. It's all about what a person enjoys isn't it?
Why the personal attack?? I believe God doesn't mind how you worship Him.....just as long as you DO worship Him! We have a huge population of people who feel alienated from the traditional churches. Shouldn't they have a place they can go to worship God and feel comfortable and good about it? Some traditional churches I have observed have an unintentional bias against anyone who is "different". Some people just don't fit in with what is considered the "norm". Does that make them wrong or bad......NO. Do they deserve to be able to go to a welcoming church, a church who does not condemn them for being outside what is considered the norm and to feel comfortable in a church family.....YES.

Wake up traditional churches.....you are missing out on a huge mission field in your own backyards by turning your back on fellow Christians who don't conform to your narrow definition of what is acceptible. Let's just pray that God is more accepting of ALL His believers than some of you are.

Since: Mar 08

Nashville, TN

#14 Mar 5, 2008
I am always for reaching people where they are at and to make people feel welcome, but a trend we are seeing now is churchs conforming to the world standards in the name of getting the number up. Words like comfortable and norm are so general to use in this situation. We are living in a world that some churches really are using any means necessary to get number and dollars to their churches, to build mega complexs. Are numbers, dollars, and mega complexs wrong...not necessarily, depends on the reason. When you use sex, sweepstakes, and sales tactics to do so then I personally feel it crosses the line. I love contempary music more than older hymns, but I am not sure that is the only feel you get when you say contempary church anymore. Some in the area have done some damage to the term contempary. Just my own two cents.
Bryan McKnight

Hermitage, TN

#15 Mar 5, 2008
Hey guys, I am the lead pastor of this new church...The Summit. I just wanted to jump in here, introduce myself and make sure there are no misunderstandings or misconceptions about what we are doing.

Contemporary is just a term to show we are trying to be relevant and in tune this generaion and culture. Really...I don't care what term you use. It is not meant to define who we are or to suggest contemporary is better than traditional. Not better, just different. We choose to do things with a different style becase that's who we are and that is who we are reaching.

If you take the time to visit our website, www.TheSummitLive.tv , you will see that we are not seeking to conform to the world's standards, compromise the truth of God's Word or be a "feel good" group that is trying to dig into people's wallets. We are just the opposite.

We have a very simple purpose and process...Love God, Love People and Serve the World. That's it. No conditions, no strings attached, no 'if's','and's', or 'but's' about it. No hidden agenda, no politics, no religion, no "holier than thou" attitde. We just want to show others the radical relationship they can have with Christ, the awesome relationship they can have with other Christ-followers and the difference they make as we serve the world.

I must say...I am just excited people are talking about us coming to town.

Does Seymour need another church like they need another bank?

I believe that depends on certain things. If we just want to receive your deposits and not consider or approve any loans, offer any equity or pay any interest on your deposits, then the answer would be no.

But if we want to invest in the community, welcome all potential clients regardless of marital status, past mistakes, race or nationality, increase the quality of life, offer opportunities to increase your wealth...then I would say yes.

The Summit is not about being another church. We aren't in competition with other churches. We don't talk about or put down other churches. The churches that are in Seymour are effectively reaching many that are a part of their communities. We simply want to show (statistics say 80-85% of Seymour is not connected full-time to a local church), that there is more. More love, more compassion, more to life that they ever imagined.

I challenge you to make the climb and reach The Summit. You can contact me about our next meeting as we prepare to launch this exciting new community of Christ-followers.
Sorry

Nashville, TN

#16 Mar 5, 2008
Come one folks...*most* of these new churches are only after your hard earned money. It's all about the money.

They tell you what they want you to hear so that you will feel warm and fuzzy inside. This way they can have new houses, cars and hunting dogs.

BTW....most of you go to church on Sunday and then live like hell the other 6 days. If you don't think anyone notices that then you are foolish. Who do you really think you are fooling?

What about me? I'm not fooling anyone either...but at least I'm not acting like an angel on Sundays either!!

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Ironcial

AOL

#17 Mar 6, 2008
Bryan McKnight wrote:
Contemporary is just a term to show we are trying to be relevant and in tune this generaion and culture.

We have a very simple purpose and process...Love No hidden agenda, no politics, no religion, no "holier than thou" attitde.
The Word of God has been, is and always will be timeless and unchanging. Generations and cultures come and go. Personally considering the continual downhill slide of this culture, I don't want to be "in tune" with it. I am ready to share the timeless truth of His Word with people.

Not quite sure I understand the second sentence above..."no religion"? Interesting if you're a church.
sadly i am not surpirised

Milan, TN

#18 Mar 8, 2008
all churches are after money in some way or another.
There is always some "building fund" or "mission trip" that needs money.

Nobody needs a building or other people to worship anything.

The people of the church (some of them) do good works.
For the rest its just a place to been seen.

imho
Solutions

Chattanooga, TN

#19 Mar 14, 2008
I truly feel for those who have expressed frustration with being unable to fit in to any Seymour churches. I went through the same thing several years ago. I visited small churches, big churches, old and new...and never found one where I felt I could serve. It took several years, but I did finally find what I needed - in Knoxville. So, I drive to Knoxville to worship.

I've sadly witnessed the decline of churches in general over my lifetime. I can't abide some of the "feel good" churches that are so popular today, but that's my personal feeling. Part of the point of congregational worship is to be fed, as a believer, and I have found that I am not fed by watching a stage production and singing 7-11 songs (7 words repeatedly sung 11 times). I find that as phony as a $3 bill. It distresses me that our "feel good" society seems to be turning to this type of "worship".

Do you realize what "worship" was like in Biblical times? Gatherings, often all day, with lessons/lectures. How far away from that has even the most conservative church gotten today? Yet we were given no explicit instructions as to HOW to worship, so anything goes.

My point is, there's a need for all types of services to speak to all types of people. The important thing is the results of worship - living a better life, contributing to society.
Bryan McKnight

Blountville, TN

#20 Apr 9, 2008
Just wanted to let all that are interested know, we are having a Launch Team Interest Meething on April 20th! We will gather at 6:30 PM at Craven Wings. Craven Wings is located on Chapman Highway directly accross from First Baptist of Seymour.
Summit Church is a brand new, come-as-you-are, non-traditional church encounter that is coming to Seymour. Check us out at www.TheSummitLive.tv Thanks

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