How it happened
It all started when...
Multiplying Grace: New Churches, Same DNA
In 2005, the cornerstone Grace emphases of neighborhoods, nations, and next generation converged when a very small church in Atlanta located between Georgia Tech University and the Southeast’s largest mosque approached the leadership with a request that we help replant a vibrant, growing community in their building. Though the initial years were challenging and growth was at first slow, faithful discipleship resulted in a flourishing community of worshippers at Grace Midtown in the heart of the city. Another opportunity emerged in 2010 to start a third Grace church in the historic cotton mill in the small town of Monroe. In 2013, we planted again in Athens in an effort to engage the mass of students at the University of Georgia. The congregation of students and young families is drawn to the Bible teaching, worship, discipleship, and international emphases of the larger Grace movement. These college students also participate in a larger network of college house churches scattered across the Southeast and anchored from Grace Midtown. Finally, in February 2014, we planted again in another church building that had become unsustainable to the original congregation. When they asked us to plant in their facility, we agreed, and so Grace New Hope began. Buddy himself felt called to pioneer this plant, and so he is currently leading and preaching at the newest location. This significant change has only increased the sense that each church in the network is unified yet indigenous to its place, whether urban, suburban, or rural. Though the Grace Family of Churches shares a common elder board and central service team, each campus has its own local leadership, live preaching, and is (mostly) independent financially.