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Leadership: Moving to Home Groups
Posted on January 21, 2020 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Leadership
Doug Sibcy has led Impact Church to take some bold steps away from a brick-and-mortar building. Doug is married to Diane, who is CABA’s Trailer Ministry Coordinator.

“In 2009, Diane and I decided to leave a successful career to start Impact Church in Lebanon,” Doug said. The church officially launched in 2011 and they’ve averaged more than 140 in AM Worship through Fall 2019.

In 2012, they rented what used to be a Nazarene Church.

“About a year ago,” Doug said, “God began to speak to Diane and me about a more simplistic, minimalistic approach to ministry. We became convicted that we knew so many people at Impact Church, but barely knew our neighbors.”

Impact was spending $137,000 a year on their building, utilities, cleaning, support staff, and other things. Doug and Diane became convinced that God was leading them to begin a new work based in homes. “All of this with the sole purpose of sharing the gospel,” Doug said. “We knew this is what God wanted for us.”

Doug communicated this vision to Impact’s leadership and eventually to the church. “Our vision was more than just groups meeting in homes,” Doug said. “We envisioned small groups meeting in homes, other locations in the community, gathering monthly for group worship, and hosting one Go Week each month.”

While the Elders embraced it unanimously and the church approved it, Impact’s attendance has declined. They now have a solid core of 75 people. “We had 87 in our first monthly worship gathering, 59 in small groups that week, and we are projecting an increase in small group gatherings,” Doug said.

Because of this new direction, Doug says that Impact’s budget for 2020 will be more intentional towards missions, outreach, evangelism, and community.

Look for Impact Church to re-launch as G3 Community Church. Diane plans to continue leading CABA’s Block Party Trailer Ministry.
“There is a scriptural basis for this type of gathering,” Doug said, “and we feel called to follow God and the prompting he has given us.”

Doug asked prayer for families and staff that left to find another church home. Pray for Doug and Diane as they have taken on new jobs until the church grows and can support them again. And pray for those who remain, moving forward with this new mission.
 
--Mark Snowden serves as Director of Missional Leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.
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