Never Stop Growing

Well, one down, many more to go. Approximately 500 people attended the 9am service in Plano Sunday morning–a combo of Dallas campus regulars, returning members of the former Pitman Creek Church of Christ, and about 50% community/newcomers.

It was as you might have expected…chaotic, messy, and fun…kind of like a wedding. The building is still under renovation, so, it was auditorium and kids classrooms only for the most part. But, it seemed that everyone was just glad to be there…to be launching out into something new. The most exciting thing to me was the generally smiley countenances of those who were present.

The sermon was pretty basic but important I hope—an orientation to the vision and core values of Highland Oaks, and a charge to keep God at the center of it all and staying focused on things that matter.

Understated, but interesting–today was the 152nd anniversary of the Highland Oaks Church of Christ. I passed on to the Plano campus that they were now a part of the oldest new church in the area. We’re talking 9 years before the start of the Civil War. In fact, a Civil War general was the preacher at one point in time. It’s a real testament to God’s work through HOCC that they can still think innovatively at 152.

Most churches are like 152-year-old humans…if they exist, they are slow, hard of hearing, and not prone to change. But I’ve come to learn that while some churches are that way…they don’t have to be. Churches can be like Jule Herzog, HOCC member who died a couple of years ago at 110 years of age…and came to church the Sunday before she died. Never stop growing.


Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Mr. Big White Hat: Union sympathizers were hanged in these parts (check the story about the hanging tree in Gainesville), so I’d hate to think what might be done to a Union general.
    Of course, you may have asked your question with tongue planted firmly in cheek, but I have to make sure the record shows that nothing but the gray and gold uniform would ever be allowed in the pulpit.

  2. It was with great excitement that I got ready for church yesterday — knowing I was attending the Plano campus, but feeling that I would be a part of history. It was a true blessing to be there to witness to the fact that God is alive and well and is working in our lives to help us to grow and mature. I did not think the sermon was “basic” at all but important to lay the foundation of our church — that we plan to do it God’s way — that He is the center of it all. Thank you for making that clear. I love it that my family is growing closer to God in this loving environment.

  3. We were so glad to be a part of the new campus opening. What an exciting day! The energy in the service was amazing. The Plano regulars were extremely friendly and made everyone fill like they were a part of something grand. One couple who sat behind us told us after church they were so thankful for the new opening. They had felt like people were just shoveling dirt on top of them before. They were excited for a new beginning. We also talked to some friends of ours who had left Pittman Creek quite a while back. They were coming back to visit the new HOCC campus and were very excited about what they saw. God is already doing amazing things. I look forward to watching God’s hand at work through this ministry. Blessings!