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According to Jamie Work, pastor of Candies Creek Baptist Church in Charleston, Tenn.:
God turned an “11-day summit into a six-week revival” at Candies Creek, and the revival is continuing.
“As a result of corporate prayer and repentance, God is birthing us into a brand-new church.”
In his testimony before the SBC Executive Committee, Pastor Work told how Candies Creek spent weeks in prayer before the initial April 10-20 revival meetings at the church. As a result, the Holy Spirit birthed a move of God that resulted in over 25 hours of public confession of sin:
“We are still dealing with what God has been saying to us. Our world has been turned upside down.”
Also the church itself ended up confessing its corporate sin. The following were some of the sins covered:
prayerlessness; superficiality with God and one another; failure to practice biblical, redemptive church discipline; lukewarmness (a lack of commitment); preoccupation with mammon (money and stuff); and programmatic worship (non-Spirit led).
Though the revival meetings officially ended after six weeks, regular prayer meetings continue to be well attended by the members. Pastor Work says that as a result of the move:
Candies Creek will “push all ministries off the table and put prayer in the center. Then, we will rebuild our ministries around prayer.”
We need to take people deeper into their walk with the Lord in order to get them into a deeper relationship with each other.”
As a result of their experience, Pastor work put forth a resolution before the recent SBC conference in Phoenix,Arizona seeking revival across all of America beginning with prayer and repentance.