Chris Johnson – Divine Unity Church

Chris Johnson – Divine Unity Church

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It was actually coming to Bridgewater
College when I was, I think, a freshman that there was a storefront church just
right off campus where I say I truly gave my life to Christ. Now I was familiar
with with the tenets of Christianity but to actually live it out
and not for it to just be a social badge or or a cultural thing, it was really like
okay I’m gonna be fully committed and so I think my experience would be
completely different if I was not on the football team. Coach Clark was a big
part of my formation. He developed men. It was because of that
culture, I think, that held the excellence of what Bridgewater was and it helped me
dig in a little bit deeper. In 2005, my senior year in college, myself and two of
my teammates were striving to live an authentic Christian life, but we still
wanted to be relevant to people. So it was like, how can we be
Christian and still be cool and so in 2005 in Wampler Tower D, me and and those guys were hanging out together and we had a nine o’clock prayer time and when we
prayed it was it was just a moment that was a sweet fellowship and we were arrested in the presence of God in many ways. It was like wow, we all felt something and didn’t know exactly what it was and we
began to communicate and talk with one another about the love of Christ and how
much that meant to us and what it means to us now. Maybe about three or four
weeks later we had about 25 people in my apartment and we were running this same
play and we said maybe we should call this something and that’s when the name
Durag Ministries came about. Diving Unity Righteously Applying God. We begin to have JMU students come, Mary Baldwin students come, and Blue Ridge college
students and so that’s where the ministry kind of began on the campus of
Bridgewater College. So this is around about 2008 and
2009 when the question started to happen. Wat can this be? What is missing
in this city? And so on the first day of our church service in 2012, February
5th 2012, Super Bowl Sunday, we’re just hoping that maybe a hundred
people will come just so at least we’re existing to do something positive,
but 240 people came and we felt the city responded. The county responded and
said we want you here. One thing I will tell anybody who wants to start a
business, a company or a church, be an entrepreneur is what you produce is who
you are and before you try to produce something, really find out who you are.
There were some things that had to be reconciled in me. Some things that I had
to grow up in. I had to mature. That helped me produce what people see. I had
to move from passion to process. I had a passion but starting a church
is like starting a company and starting a business and there are financial
things that go with that which I was not used to. I was fine with leading people
but not administratively leading an organization with a structure and
leadership system and things like that. It’s an ecosystem in many ways. So every Sunday when people come in we say, “Welcome home family.” We strive to be a spiritual family. We strive to be involved in each
other’s lives. It’s a cultural cardinal sin in our church to walk past people
every Sunday and never say a word. That’s the atmosphere here and we want that
energy to be there every Sunday. Every time we open the doors we want it to be there. It’s not business as usual.

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