"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isa 43:19)
My name is Paul Davis and I have been at Mayflower for 55 years. I love this place. I have seen God do many amazing miracles here. And this last season has been one of the most amazing.
As many of you know, Mayflower was founded in the late 19th Century and has continued for 127 years. Throughout that time, it has changed a lot—from a congregational to a non-denominational to an ECO church. God has guided us through these many changes and he continues to guide us today.
About 18 months ago, as a body, we were thoroughly stuck and needed a complete re-start. This idea was embraced and supported by our elders, the congregation and even other local ECO churches. We all knew that major changes were around the corner. We all knew that to move forward with passion and purpose, it would require unity—setting aside our preferences to embrace the new thing God would do in our midst.
Over these last 6 months, since the re-start began, we have seen God do amazing things. We have seen young families return to our body. We have seen children running around—as my son did 55 years ago. It has brought us hope and renewed vision.
Now, some might wonder, if things are so great, why do a name change. Why call ourselves Wellspring Church? For me, it is very clear, that changing our name is a critical part of following through, completely and obediently, with God’s new vision for our body. We needed a re-start, not a tune up.
What I like about the name Wellspring Church is that it reinforces our need for Jesus—the living water, the abundant source and wellspring of life. In this season of change, God is doing a new thing, and I believe that He wants our church to be a place where the thirsty come to drink deep of his goodness. I believe that He wants Wellspring Church to be the source of a river of hope flowing into the community around us. This is my prayer—that we not only drink deep ourselves but guide other to Jesus, the wellspring of life—the one, in whom, we find meaning, life and love.
Paul E. Davis