Developing information regarding the coronavirus:

Update posted March 27, 2020:
 
Dear Team Church family, 
I have received some questions as we try to figure out the stay-at-home orders and what things look like. Right now, we are taking things day by day and we cannot look too far into the future. But here are some answers that I do have:

Sundays

Q: What do Sundays look like moving forward?
A: I cannot wait to gather together with you again, as the body of Christ. But for now we will continue to stream our services at the normal service times of 9:30 and 11:00 am.

Q: How can I view the streaming service?
A: We have many ways to view. At the service times, you can go to our website at TeamChurch.com/watch, you can watch on YouTube and you can watch live on Facebook.

Q: How can I make this time of streaming the service more impactful?
A: Prepare everyone in the room ahead of time. Quiet your heart and mind to listen to what God might be saying during the service. Remove distractions. Don't just be a spectator, truly engage. Use Facebook or YouTube to comment, question and give praise. It is good to share!

Q: What if I miss the streaming at 9:30 or 11:00 am?
A: We will have the recorded service on our website early in the week to view.

Giving 

Q: I used to put my giving in the offering boxes in the auditorium. How do I give now?
A: We have many options for you. You can go to our website at TeamChurch.com/give. You can use the online bill pay option through your bank. You can text-to-give by texting the amount you want to give to 704-228-7440. You can also mail it in to Team Church at 2301 Stevens Mill Rd. Matthews, NC 28104.

The Church at work

Q: Has everything stopped happening at the church?
A: Just because we are staying at home more, doesn't mean the church stops. Mr. Clint is putting out videos and providing activities. AJ and Brad are engaging students in challenges (they both had to shave their heads), teaching and conversation. Kenny has been putting out video devotionals of hope and encouragement on Wednesdays, called Fireside Chats. We have built a community group on Facebook to BE the church and serve one another as there is need. We continue to financially and prayerfully support our mission and ministry partners. COVID-19 cannot stop the Church!

Q: How can I find out what the church is doing?
A: We have several Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. We have the TC News, our eNewsletter, that has all of upcoming events and info for you. We have a Youtube channel and more. The easiest way is to go to TeamChurch.com/social and see how you can keep up with it all.

Q: What about our mission trips?
A: We have been working with our mission partners. The April Jamaica mission trip has been cancelled. The money raised will be sent to pay wages of the Jamaican people to support their local economy. Our mission trip to help new church plants and smaller churches in Chicago, for our college-age adults, has been cancelled. Our Mexico mission trip is scheduled for July. That is too far in the future to make any changes. As of now we are planning for a successful trip.

I know this is different. Our kids' world has been totally flipped upside down. That is true for us adults too. School is different. Work is different. Recreation is different. TV is different. Church is different. But God is the same! We can choose to let this bring us down or we can see the blessings God has given us during this time.

We've had great family time. I have spoken on the phone with more people than I have in a long time. Don't miss these opportunities. Enjoy the time your kids are with you. Make a phone call. Send a card. Check on your neighbors. Show the light and love of Christ. Mental toughness comes from spiritual tenderness.

Stay safe! Stay well! Stay focused on Christ's love!
Kenny
Update posted March 20, 2020:
 
We, as a world, are in uncharted territory. Things continue to change daily. But with the president urging people not to gather in groups larger than 10 people, we encourage you to do the same thing. We are not meeting at the church for normal services or prayer this Sunday. We are not meeting as Home Teams. We are not sure what the next few weeks look like. But none of this has caught God off guard.

I know that we can focus in on our isolation, fear, mistrust and doubt. But God can use and redeem this time. In it He can grow your trust and faith in Him. He can increase our capacity to love others. He can make us stronger and help us persevere. It all depends on where we are looking. I am reminded of the song "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns.

               If your eyes are on the storm, you'll wonder if I love you still.
               But if your eyes are on the cross, you'll know I always have and I always will.

So, where are your eyes focused? And while we miss out on all that comes with gathering as a body of believers in Christ, we have several channels to stay social. We use them to not only provide information, but encouragement and hope. We want to help you keep your eyes on Christ, during any storm.

When you go to TeamChurch.com/Social you will see all the ways to stay connected:

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube. We want to use these channels to connect and share what we are learning.
  • Kenny has started Fireside Chats that he will put out every Wednesday on social media.
  • Our student and kids’ ministries have gone more to social media to continue engagement and help you and your kids take their next steps.
  • We have created a private group on Facebook for those active members who call Team Church their home. It is called Team Church Membership Community. This is where we can BE the church and live out Acts chapter two and pool together our resources and services to better serve one another.
  • We can leave prayer requests on the website so the staff can be praying with and for you. Even though we are separated we can always be the church. 

I am so proud of this church. Many of us continue to give our tithes and offerings. And because of that, we are able to do more missions and ministry outside our walls. This week we were able to help a couple of local schools provide food to students in need. This weekend, you will also see how we are able to support a pastor in England as he tries to share the light of Christ in a very dark area. Your giving matters. So even though we cannot drop an envelope in one of the receiving boxes here at church, I encourage you to stay faithful. Click GIVE to continue to support the work done here locally and on the other side of the world as we meet physical needs, as well as helping them meet Christ.

Watch the service at 9:30 and 11:00 am Sunday morning on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

Stay safe! Stay strong! And stay social!

Sincerely,
Kenny
Update posted March 16, 2020:
 
Things continue to change daily. As we watch and wait for instructions and information from our government leaders, we have gone ahead and made changes to how we will do things in the near future. We are cancelling meetings at the church this week. That includes any Home Teams, kids’ programs, Sunday services and so on. Home Teams can continue gathering at homes as they are comfortable.
 
In these uncertain times, we can be certain about one thing: God is in control. We need to lean on Him, now, more than ever. In Him, we have hope and don’t need to get caught up in the hysteria. We can spend our time in prayer and not in panic. We have to respond with diligence and not react with disregard. We are the Church. We are doing this together, even if we aren’t all in the same place. If you didn’t get to see the message yesterday, make sure to go to the WATCH page of our website. For at least the near future, this is where we will live stream our messages to have church online.
 
Know that even though we are not meeting, that does not stop us from being the church. In fact, today, we delivered some food items to Parkwood Middle School. About 50% of their students receive free or reduced lunches. We are bridging the gap until the state can get food to these kids in need. We do ask that you continue to GIVE to support the ministry we are providing to those in need.
 
I will keep you informed as we make any changes. I know the situation is not ideal, but we were not called to only ideal situations. We were called to love God and love others no matter the circumstances. I love that I get to do this with you!
 
Sincerely,
Kenny
Updated posted March 13, 2020:

In light of the recent announcement from our governor about the coronavirus (COVID-19), which requests limiting corporate gatherings to no more than 100 people, we are making changes to our normal Sunday services at our campus. This may change from week to week as things are changing very rapidly.



We thank you for your patience, grace and flexibility as we venture to be community leaders and honor those in authority with our prayerfully measured response. Our response and responsibility is to ensure the safety and health of all people and with this virus, the elderly, the most vulnerable among us. However, the Church does not stop being the Church. Spreading the Gospel does not stop. More specifically, during challenging times, the local Church engages more than ever!  We don’t take time off.



How this affects Sunday services:

  • We will NOT be having our normal, on-site, large services at the church.
  • We will live stream the message on the watch page of this site at 9:30 and 11:00 am Sunday. Kenny will share peace, hope and guidance as it pertains to the current cultural situation.  
  • We are encouraging all Home Teams to gather in homes at one of these times and watch the service together Home Teams are a value at Team Church and this strengthens our resolve!
  • We are encouraging families and friends who are not in Home Teams to gather in a home and watch the message together. Moreover, use this time to SHARE with a friend that does not have a church to come and watch this timely message.

Sunday prayer walk:
Matthew 21:13 says “…My house will be called a house of prayer.”

Over the last few days, we have had many Team Church people share that they want to spend time praying for this untimely challenge. Therefore, to comply with the urgings of our government, but also leave room for our church to gather and pray, we have designed a Sunday morning, on-site, indoor prayer walk.


  • Sunday, March 15 at Team Church.
  • Doors will be open from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.  
  • It will be a “come and go” time.
  • This prayer walk can be done in 20 to 45 minutes so that we don’t have over 100 people in any one area at a given time.  

Kenny, some staff and other leaders will be here the whole time to greet you and pray with you. We have a large building and over a 5-hour period hundreds of people can come with family or a few friends and participate in this incredible prayer experience sometime Sunday morning.

Just because we can’t gather as a large group, doesn’t mean we can’t still have church! We know that just watching a video of a sermon is not the equivalent of gathering as the church and being a part of the church. That is why we want to continue gathering in smaller groups and being in prayer for our authorities and leaders, those affected, those in healthcare as we all navigate this new frontier. On Sunday, you can give online or here at the church in the normal receiving boxes or giving kiosk.


Moving forward:

As we’ve seen in the last few days, information coming from officials and the health department may shift our plans, as new measures are put in place for public health and safety. We will keep you updated as we know more, so continue to check this page for updates and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In the meantime, let’s be the Church wherever we are, acting out of love and God’s peace, which passes all understanding.