Andy Wirt, church planter and pastor of the ClearView Church in New Albany, Ohio, has announced the conclusion of the Clear View project.
“Over the course of the last few weeks,” Wirt said, “our spiritual family has prayerfully concluded that our race as a church has been run. At our final gathering on August 5 (5 p.m.), we will take time to celebrate all that God has done in our five-year history.”
The Wirts moved to the New Albany/Gahanna area in February of 2007 and began making contacts and working to gather a group of people to work toward a Grand Opening for ClearView Church in the fall of 2009. Their first-ever worship gathering was in the Wirts’ home on March 16, Easter Sunday, 2008, with sixteen people present. ClearView was voted into membership as a church in the FGBC in August of 2009 at the national conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Wirt continued, “Every church has a life cycle. Although ours was shorter than we had hoped, we are confident in God’s sovereignty and perfection in all things. ClearView has been faithful to be a people gathered on mission in our community. Together, we have been privileged to see numerous people follow Jesus, grow in their faith, fall in love with ministry, and step out in faith to share Jesus with others. Over the last few weeks, we have been reminded of the many individuals God has worked in through ClearView. I am eternally grateful for these stories of the lives God has changed.”
Wirt thanked the many who have prayed for and supported his family and the ClearView church and asked for prayers for the families of ClearView Church and for his own family, in deciding where God would have them put their gifts to service next.
Wirt concluded, “My family and those in our spiritual family have prayed about and discussed this course of action at length. Although saddened by a dream not fully realized, we sense God’s peace in moving forward in this way.” He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.