Jeff Simmons: Stay in the Center of God’s Will

We asked pastors of some of the nation’s largest churches to share their thoughts on church growth, discipleship, outreach and faithful ministry.

Jeff Simmons, Lead Pastor
Rolling Hills Community Church
Franklin, Tennessee

Since the beginning of Rolling Hills, we have made our Worship One Serve One initiative a priority. We encourage our partners (church members) to attend one worship service and volunteer during another. This has really empowered our church body and created a heart of service that people notice.

This past year I was blessed to see two guys in my weekly men’s Bible study come to know Christ. It was incredible to see not only their lives change but also the lives of their families and the impact on the church as they shared their stories.

It’s God who brings the harvest—we’re just called to be faithful. He’s the one who draws people to himself. Our call is to stay in the center of his will and he will grow and bless his church.

When I first started in ministry, I wish I had known how much joy there would be from seeing life change through Christ, and how it gets deeper and richer over the years. It’s all about God’s unfailing faithfulness and blessing.

Reading, podcasts and conferences are all great, but my personal time with the Lord is so essential every day to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit.

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Twitter: @_JeffSimmons
Founded: 2003
Denomination: Southern Baptist
Locations: 4
Attendance: 1,678
Fastest-Growing: 42

Lora Schrock
Lora Schrock

Lora Schrock is editor of Outreach magazine.