Christian Life Fellowship
CLF has given me a different outlook on Christians and has embraced everyone from many different walks of life.
– Sarah Taylor
I love that CLF allows me to truly come as I am and doesn’t judge me for being a teenager. I don’t feel that I have to dress up or act differently. I can just come and be accepted and loved.
– Rylee Cope
CLF is the only reason I’m still in church. I was going to give up until someone took me there.
– Taylor Burch
At CLF, I’m not alone. I’m part of a bigger family full of encouragers, teachers, and supporters. It’s a place of acceptance and love that makes my heart feel whole.
– Amanda Honeycutt
Christian Life Fellowship (CLF) was planted in 2009 in Jonesville, VA in the heart of the Appalachian Region. This thriving congregation is committed to evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. They accomplish this with a multi-layered strategy:
- First, by investing in and partnering with their community by serving the needs of local people.
- Second, by helping move people from wherever they are in their faith journey to the next level of growth or, as Pastor Emery Minton puts it, “their next step.”
- Third, by cultivating leaders and looking for opportunities to plant new congregations.
Pastor Emery was not the founding pastor, but since he became lead pastor in January 2013, CLF has experienced phenomenal growth and has become the largest Baptist congregation in the area. They’ve also planted Locus Church in Middlesboro, KY, which has grown to 160 and continues to grow.
Some numbers from CLF’s most recent Report
- 309 — average Worship Attendance with 89 Children in “Kid Life”. Nearly half of the adults are attending a weekly small group Bible study.
- 36 — people professed Christ as Savior — with 32 of those following in baptism
- 118 — people make up the Dream Team,—serving as leaders.
- 260 — people were involved in outreach this past year.
- 23 cents — of every dollar goes to missions and outreach
- 3% — undesignated income is committed to Vision Virginia Offering, a missions offering of the SBC of Virginia.
As evidenced by the testimonies of its members, CLF is reaching those who have no church home or no church background at all. They now have a family of faith—they are not alone.
In the same way, SBCV church plants across the Commonwealth and DC are not alone and are better equipped to reach their mission field with the Gospel because of their partnership with the SBCV. They are not alone.
“It is because of our initial partnership with the SBCV that we were financially able to pursue our vision of planting successfully in Lee County,” shares Pastor Emery. “CLF has a passion to continue to plant more life-giving churches in our region. Our passion and our partnership with the SBCV will help accomplish this vision and advance the Kingdom.”
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