On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church and Enoree Missionary Baptist Church made a historic celebration of the two churches joined together to become one new church, Inner-City Missionary Baptist Church.
The Corinthian and Enoree Missionary Churches are not strangers to one another. We have partnered together in fellowship, outreach, and worship over the years. Now it’s time to start an even greater movement for God. We have come together and unanimously believe that God is directing our two individual churches together as one church.
The Pastors, officers, and members of both churches having sensed the hand of God orchestrating this merger and having this confirmed through much prayer, council, and discussion have decided to merge the two churches into one new church. This merger is the next step in a work that God has been doing for many years between these churches. Neither church has been content to merely exist, but has been longing to be part of something greater in our community; something akin to what Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth (Cleveland, Ohio, Ward 7) as it is in heaven.”
The members and leaders were asked to affirm their covenant together, effectively becoming one new church. This merger is done for the glory of God, for the good of churches, and for the magnification of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For the members of these two churches, 2016 will be a season of immense change. Personal, relational, and cultural adjustments will be required. The changes to come will require patience, grace, and humility from everyone within the churches. For those outside of both churches this merger will show forth the glory of God and of His Son Jesus Christ as the grace and mercy of God is put on display through unity in love. The God who created all things (Acts 17.24) is in Christ reconciling all things to Himself (Colossians 1.20).
This wedding of churches, this renewal, will breathe new life and opportunities to grow together in the grace and knowledge of Christ. As the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to transform members and leaders it will result in changes in how visible institutions and organizations serve, lead, and function. It is the prayer of the pastors that there will be growth in holiness and submission to Christ and that this will be evident through the outward display of the uniting love of Christ.