During the summer of 2006 several families in the Rowlett area gathered to spend time in prayer, seeking the Lord, inquiring of His plans both as individuals and as a group. What was He desiring to do in Rowlett, and what part were they to play? As those individuals gathered in the living room of one of the families, praying and asking God for his direction, over several weeks there was strong agreement, a common theme. They understood that the Lord was calling them to begin a new church within the city of Rowlett. Each family had their own story of the leading of God in this area, but all of the stories arose from a common thread, and they agreed to trust the Lord in his leading and began laying the groundwork for what was to become Still Water Community Church.
Still Water had its first gathering in the living room of Richard & Denise Pope, packing over 200 people in their home for the first "official" worship service on August 20, 2006, with Pastor Kurt Horting leading.
After that meeting it became apparent that a bigger place was going to be needed for this church that had as its mission a call to REACH, TEACH and MULTIPLY. The next meeting of Still Water took place on a Sunday evening two weeks later in leased space at a small church in Rowlett. During this time that Still Water met on Sunday evenings, we were bringing in all of our own needs, to support worship and children's ministry. Yet God is good and Still Water continued to grow as people came and continued to join this new congregation.
Later that year Still Water leased a slightly larger facility, again meeting in the evenings. This new facility offered more room to grow, and again God blessed Still Water, as we saw our first baptisms happen in this facility.
All during this time the elders, and the church continued to pray seeking what God would do, remaining committed to being "tenants" for as long as God willed, and continuing to intentionally reach out to the community around us.
It was during this summer of 2007 while Still Water was continuing to meet in the leased facility Sunday evenings --- God moved.
Almost one year exactly since the group started gathering in the Popes living room God moved and opening a permanent home for Still Water. Through the grace of God, Still Water was presented with the opportunity to purchase an existing church property at 8401 Princeton Road in Rowlett. On September 9, 2007 less than thirteen months since its beginning, Still Water Community Church held its first two Sunday morning services at 9:30 and 11:00 AM in our new home. God blessed Still Water to be able to purchase this five acre site with an existing sanctuary and children's wing and pay for it in full, allowing us to keep to our belief that we were to be debt free.
The following couple of years saw Still Water continue to REACH, TEACH and MULTIPLY by intentionally building relationships within the community. God blessed us, allowing Still Water to send twenty plus from our body to plant thirteen churches in Solano Peru during the summer of 2009. During the summer of 2010 we felt led to initiate a missionary outreach program with an un-reached people group in Ecuador, the Shuar people, sending a team of 8 to lay the groundwork and build relationships that will be needed. We have participated in outreach to the community by participating in the Rowlett and Rockwall parades, honoring our first responders in Rowlett with a Thanksgiving dinner, joining in the community at the Rowlett Festival of Freedom, as well as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and adding staff in the form of 3 full time and 2 part time. All with the intentional focus to REACH, then TEACH, so we can MULTIPLY and expand Gods kingdom.
We believe that God has led us to this place at this time to be his hands and feet, for a world that is crying out for Him. As we continue to do that through our Community Life Groups, Youth programs, support for Young Life, helping advise and plant two new churches this year in the Rowlett- Rockwall area, because we believe that it's not about Still Water but about God's Kingdom. To that end, and coming full circle Still Water now hosts a church that is without a building of their own currently, serving others as they had once served us.
God is so good, and we look forward with open hands and strong hearts for what he has for us today, and tomorrow, until HE comes again.