Our Pastor

Welcome to Destination Church!
On behalf of the Destination family thanks for your virtual visit! We want you to know that this is a place where you can come, regardless of race, personality or background, and find a home full of loving, wonderful people who are passionate about living a life full of eternal purpose.
At Destination you won’t find a lot of rules and traditions. You’ll find people who are far from perfect but who want to know of God’s perfect love for them. We’re committed to helping people build the kind of life that’s healthy, vibrant and overflowing in every area.
God’s Word is so full of incredible promises for every area of our lives and we want to see that message of life and hope revolutionize our community, touch our nation and impact the world.

On this website you can get a glimpse of what we’re all about through our vision and values, find ways to connect and get information to help you stay up to date on what’s happening at Destination Church. If you are looking for a church home, we would love to have you be a part of doing life together with us. Exciting things are happening in our church and city and we invite you to be a part.

May the rich blessings of God consume your life!

Until all have heard,
Pastor Rodney & Renee Thrift

Our Staff

Rodney Thrift

Lead Pastor

Johnny Mitcham

Connections Pastor

Ricky Mills

Executive Pastor

Justin Finley

DC Kids Pastor

Christine Jones

Bookkeeper

Renee Thrift

Guest Services Team Leader

OUR STORY

In October of 2009 God put a dream in the heart of Johnny Mitcham to talk to Rodney Thrift about the possibility of merging his church, Freedom Community Church and Crossway Church. Rodney, Renee’, Johnny, and Wendy prayed about it and sought counsel from their Lead Teams, and they felt that God said to move forward with the dream.

After much conversation and prayer, the decision was made to merge the two ministries. On March 28th, 2010, the merge was official and the two churches started doing ministry as one church on two campuses. It took from March until July to complete the merger and move forward as one ministry called Destination Church.  On August 8th, 2010 the two churches had their first service all under one roof.

It is the desire of Destination to help you build strong relationships with God and others and to become more like Jesus Christ every day. Destination Church is a Bible-believing, life-giving, non-denominational body of believers. Our focus is to create pathways for people that are far from God, and that they would come into a growing and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As people progress through the steps to become a strong Christian, we believe that it is imperative that they continually build creative and ever-changing ways to grow and go. It is our desire to have many venues so that people can use their gifts, talents, and abilities to minister to people that are far from God.

OUR PURPOSE

Our Mission Statement:


Because every ONE counts,
Destination Church relentlessly loves & serves like Jesus

 

OUR LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

Believers who invest their time, talent, treasure, and families, in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.

Our church government is made up of Leaders:

Guided by EXECUTIVE STAFF

The ministry staff team is led by the Lead Pastor. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. These staff leaders serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church.

Guarded by THE LEAD TEAM

The Lead Team functions primarily as discerners and shepherds and as such serve as the conscience and guardians of the church. Acts 20:28 states, “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which he purchased with his own blood.” The Lead Team guards the vision of the organization, the resources of the organization, and the organization’s statement of faith.  No single team member has the authority of the entire Lead Team.

Strengthened by PRESBYTERS

The Presbyters are pastors of respected congregations and ministries who love Destination Church and its pastors and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastor and staff if requested to do so by the Lead Team. The Presbyters serve as an Apostolic Team.

DREAM TEAM

The Dream Team at Destination Church is made up of our volunteers. They serve and love like Jesus every Sunday. Leadership desires our Dream Team members serve from their own unique gifts and callings. Because our teams serve for a place of fulfillment, church guests feel special because everyone counts. There are so many teams to serve on that we are sure one will fit everyone. If you are interested in serving on one of our teams or just want to know how to get involved at Destination, simply join us in Growth Track on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM. 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Holy Bible

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).

Trinity

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).

Virgin Birth

Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).

Redemption

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Regeneration

For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).

Salvation

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

Repentance

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).

Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

Jesus’ Blood

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).

Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers

Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).

The Church

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

Two Sacraments

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).

The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

Healing of the Sick

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

God’s Will for Provision

It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

  • Spiritual

    (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)

  • Mental and Emotional

    (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).

  • Physical

    (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).

  • Financial

    (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

Heaven

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).

Hell

After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

Second Coming

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)

FAQ

Find the most asked questions & their answers here.

What are your weekend services like?

Each weekend at Destination you’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music and a practical, relevant message. You’ll also find a printed outline for notes in your worship guide that will help you make the most of each week’s teaching. Children are well-cared for in a loving, quality nursery and fun-filled DC Kids service.

What will happen when I visit for the first time?

If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you, have you stand up, or ask you to give money. We know that many people want to check out the church and “be anonymous” for awhile—and that’s fine with us! Come in, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and see if this is the church for you.

What do I wear to attend your services?

You’ll find everything from casual clothes to business suits at our Weekend Services. Come in what is comfortable for you, because Destination is not about what you look like or what you wear.

Where are you located?

Destination Church is located at 2081 Ware Street Ext. Blackshear, GA 31516.

From Blackshear: Take US Hwy 84 West toward Waycross. Turn Right onto Ware Street Extension between Circle K convenience store and Winlectric. Destination Church is 0.2 miles on the Right.

From Waycross: Take US Hwy 84 East toward Blackshear. One mile past the Satilla River Bridge (the Ware County/Pierce County Line), turn Left onto Ware Street Extension between Winlectric and Circle K convenience store. Destination Church is 0.2 miles on the Right.

Do you have a midweek service?

We do not have a midweek service but we have different areas of ministry for the entire family to be involved in with our men and women’s small groups, DC Student Services, childcare, along with other small groups that meet on Wednesday evenings all from 6:30-8:00pm.

What about my children?

At Destination Church your children are a top priority. Our nurseries are clean, safe, and staffed with loving workers. We offer a dynamic children’s ministry called DC Kids on Sunday mornings as well as life-changing ministry to students from 6th-12th grade on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm.

How can I meet others & get connected?

There are many ways to get involved. You can begin by attending our Growth Track, which a 4-step journey to church membership while discovering your unique design and purpose. Small groups are another great way to connect. In each of these, you can build friendships, learn more about the life of our church, and have the opportunity to grow in your faith.

How can I be discipled & grow?

Our desire is to see you become a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Our Growth Track offers the tools necessary to make this happen in your life. From the initial decision to accept Jesus as your Lord to your involvement in life-changing ministry, we will lead you step-by-step from healing to growth and into leadership. The other way is to join one of our dynamic small groups which meet at the church and in homes and locations across the region.

Why do you have Small Groups?

Small groups are an important part of Destination Church; in fact, you haven’t fully experienced the church until you’ve experienced our small groups. Groups allow you to meet other members and develop relationships that will spur your relationship with God. As Destination Church grows, groups allow us to “stay small” and connected. Groups are available for all ages and interests—there’s bound to be one that’s just right for you. Learn more about why we’re big on small groups, or find a group to visit in our directory.

How can I get involved in a Small Group?

One of the easiest things to do at Destination Church is to participate in a Small Group. Groups meet throughout our region and provide a place for Bible study, fellowship, and support. Wherever you live, there’s a Small Group near you. Check out our online directory and visit a group this week.