Does anyone out there know anything about the following congregation?
Laurel Church of Christ, Knoxville, TN. http://www.laurelchurchofchrist.org/
As I understand it, they sponsor or support the Christian Student Center, which is a college ministry located at 1821 Melrose Avenue, on the University of Tennessee campus. The college link on their website leads you to this site. http://www.cscutk.org/
They are just wrapping up a weekend getaway in Panama city Beach, FL. http://www.gulfcoastgetaway.org/, where Rick Atchley and Randy Harris were guest speakers.
Any information would be much appreciated!
Mark Smith has been the minister at the West Orange Church of Christ in Orlando for several years. He announced Sunday that he is leaving West Orange to become the minister at Laurel. Since Mark has been at West Orange, the Sunday morning worship has been made into quite a production. I visited there late last year and was amazed at the changes since I last visited 5 years ago. The wired-for-sound-praise-team-of-eight (including Mark) sang not a single hymn, and sang many "praise" songs that I had never heard. The praise team hummed during the reading of scripture, and sang solo during the Lord Supper. There was a smattering of clapping to the beat of a song or two, but I was told this was a new phenomenon, and had not been present when friends visited 6 months earlier. There was a "Zen" fountain and candle in the lobby, the auditorium was decorated for Christmas, and they had plans displayed to add a coffee shop in the lobby area in the near future.
Mark has some connection with Woodmont Hills. I can't recall the exact relationship. He may be related by marriage to their Worship minister.
If you have ever been a part of a church that has been infiltrated by change agents, this item that I found on Laurel's website will tell you everything you need to know.