Holding the Line – The Fount Account

These are hard times, and it’s easy to feel apathetic or despondent about our future as a church. But 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV) says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” This passage challenges us to think about what it looks like to be courageous and strong in our context. Often, we associate courage with evangelism or missions. Here at The Fount, it might look different.

Recently, at a conference with Pastor Paul, I met a pastor from a large next-gen church in Florida. His church moved from owning a building to renting a converted big box store. While their congregation grew to over 2,000 members, their landlord began to limit activities, and the city had more control over their operations. This story intensified my desire to see The Fount “hold the line” in Fountain Valley. Unlike their situation, we own our property without debt, giving us the freedom to pursue God’s vision without external interference.

Take a moment to reflect on why you’ve chosen to dedicate your time and resources to The Fount. What motivates you to be part of this community rather than moving on to another church? Churches are facing economic, social, and political pressures that threaten their existence. The Fount’s rare situation of debt-free property ownership allows us to operate with a level of independence that many churches lack. The dedication of past generations at The Fount has provided us with a space for every nation, tribe and tongue to be transformed through discipleship in Jesus Christ. Identifying your “why” can reignite your passion and commitment, especially as we partner with a younger, more diverse congregation.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) urges us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together… but encouraging one another.” The church is people, not a place, but having a dedicated space enhances our ministry. Our partnership with Free Life has shown me how much can be done to reach people with the Gospel in Fountain Valley. Just as a defending army holds the line to protect its people and vision, your involvement is crucial to maintaining The Fount as a place for the Kingdom.

How can you live on mission and build a stronger, united church? Consider how you can pray for, support, love, and serve our brothers and sisters in Free Life. Share your time, talents, and resources to live out Acts 2:32-35: “All the believers were one in heart and mind… they shared everything they had.” Are you having dinner alone? Invite the Polk family from Free Life over. Have a free Sunday afternoon? Join Free Life for lunch and sit with Jamila and her kids. Spending time in prayer? Ask Pastor Paul for names of people to pray for. There are kids in Free Life who would love to have someone with your wisdom and kindness come alongside them. Let us stand firm in our faith, support one another, and create a place where people can worship freely.

While there is some legal contention about who truly owns The Fount, this will be resolved in God’s timing. Until then, let’s hold the line, ensuring we stay steadfast and resilient against the encroaching of the world.