Discovery Church and Contemporary Church, both felt that God had been calling them to move to a new location. Interestingly enough, both churches felt like they were being led to move to the location that the other currently occupied. In December the two churches moved into their new location.
According to Discovery Church pastor Alan Trippe, “Early last year our church did a 21-day fast seeking God’s direction for our church, community, etc. Toward the end of the fast, and the weeks following, God gave me some very clear direction, like I had never heard or experienced before. I felt like God told me that we were to move into the exact building and location. In fact, we prayer-walked the facility as a church last Spring. At the time we were in a lease through August and the building was in foreclosure so they were hesitant to lease. By the summer, someone had bought the building and Contemporary Church had moved in before we could lease it. Then in December our Youth minister’s uncle, a realtor, called and said he found a place for us – it is the place we prayer walked! Apparently Contemporary Church felt God leading them to end their lease early and move. At the time they ended their lease, they didn’t know where they were going to go next. As it turns out, we moved out, and they moved into our old location.” The new location for Discovery Church is 113 Commons Way, in the little shopping center that is adjacent to the Wal-Mart plaza on Hwy. 61.
Contemporary Church experienced a very similar leading, to their new site at 1831 Carrollton-Villa Rica Highway, about 3 miles south of I-20 behind SunTrust Bank. After a brief stint in Douglas County, Contemporary Church’s senior pastor Stephen Contee was hearing God calling him to establish the ministry in Villa Rica. At that time the church was in daily prayer seeking God’s specific direction about where to establish itself and was interested in Discovery Church’s location but set up a temporary worship space just in front of Walmart.
According to Don Dodds, one of the leaders, “Walking in obedience, having patience and holding on to the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen produces results! The power of God never ceases to amaze me. God opened the door for us to walk into an opportunity where, as a start up ministry, we had a facility built pretty much to our specifications.”