The Victory Mission Group began meeting once a month in Schlisner Hall at Madison Campus Church in December 2015. On Sabbath, March 12, 2016, after much prayer, planning, and searching, they opened the doors to their newly rented church home in the Donelson, Tennessee, area of Nashville with 140 in attendance, including 21 guests. Rich Kline joined the church by profession of faith that day, and shared his personal testimony during the sermon time. Spawned as a lay-led movement from the Madison Campus Church, Victory has been actively engaged in evangelism.
In April, Paul Yim, M.D., gave several health presentations during the Sabbath morning services, with a vegan lunch, take-home recipes, and an afternoon health seminar. This was followed by a dinner and Daniel Seminar by Chuck Young on Tuesday evenings through the month of August, using Russell Burrill’s Daniel Seminar materials. Kline facilitated Neil Nedley’s Depression Recovery Seminar in July and August. And, Mike Strom, Young, and Yim conducted an Unlocking Revelation evangelistic series in September and October.
Six people have joined Victory as a result of the series, including two inactive members, a father and his nine-year-old daughter, and a young woman in her early 20s. At her baptism, Kelly Walker exclaimed, “I’ve been searching for the truth in many churches, but have not found it until now. Now I know where I belong.” Haani Brock had joined the Adventist church at an early age, but later stopped attending. “The minute I walked through the door at Victory, everyone was so nice and accepting. I found my church family,” said Brock. She was rebaptized at the end of the series.
Keith DiDomenico, lay pastor at Victory, recalls the SEEDS Church Planting Conference held in April 2015, where Steve Haley, president of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, urged the planting of new churches throughout the Conference. That weekend, DiDomenico felt convicted to become part of a church plant. “Since that time, God has opened up doors and brought the right people together, and has worked one miracle after another.” Kline remarks of his new church home, “I have grown a lot as a leader at Victory. When my wife and I attend there, it’s not like we’re just attending church, but we’re going to see our family. It’s also a place for us to get involved.” The Klines recently invited the whole church over to their home for a fall festival and bonfire Vespers.
Victory currently has an average weekly attendance of 80. From the very beginning, Victory was formed for the purpose of preparing people for Christ’s soon return. Every service, program, ministry, and outreach has its eye on evangelism.
On December 17, 2016, Victory transitioned from Mission Group to Company. Victory is anticipating becoming a full-fledged church, and then planting evangelistic churches.
Kentucky-Tennessee | January 2017