Church grows out of school to reach community
A local family has watched the seed of their plant church grow into a thriving congregation over the past year.
Pastor Matt Lewis and his wife, Barbin, began their ministry in the living room of their home before founding Lifewater Church in Bossier City. In their first year of public services, Lewis said he is proud of what the congregation has accomplished and grown into – a ministry that is on a mission to restoring hope to the lost and thirsty.
Lifewater Church exists to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus that they might become fully devoted followers of Christ. The non-denominational church meets each Sunday for worship service in the gymnasium at W.T. Lewis Elementary School.
There are no hymnals to sing with nor is there a traditional church choir at this non-denominational service. However, there is more love and passion for Jesus Christ that, Lewis said, reaches people through a life giving message.
“There are so many people in our community and in this world that need to know the love of Jesus Christ, but are afraid to walk themselves into a church for whatever reason they may have,” he said. “Our mission is to not just teach, but to practice God’s word through community service.”
Among their service projects are volunteering at the school their church calls home. Lewis said they hope to start a peer mentoring and after school program at W.T. Lewis Elementary. The church is also active with helping global ministry work in Africa and Haiti.
Lifewater Church, today, is what Matt calls a true gift from God.
“It’s not about me. We have found so many people who passionately love God and are willing to help those find the way when they are lost and hurting,” he said. “Lifewater is a church that is all about restoring hope to the lost and thirsty of our city. More than just a weekly worship gathering, we are a community that centers on the person and mission of Jesus Christ.”
Lewis said he is looking forward to the next year of services. Their next step, he said, is to do even more service, locally and around the world.
“We want to grow. Not just in numbers, but by how many people we touch with God’s word,” he said. “We can do it and we want to do it. God is active and moving our hearts in new directions.”
Service at Lifewater Church begins at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday at W.T. Lewis Elementary School. Lewis encouraged those seeking a church family to attend a service and see what Lifewater has to offer.
“Church planting is the hope in this world. We are reviving the light that God has intended it to be,” he said.
Lifewater Church exists to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus that they might become fully devoted followers of Christ. For more information, visit www.lifewaterchurch.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifewaterchurch