Special to The Truth
On the evening of Sunday, November 19, there was spiritual energy in the air as New Creation Ministries Church had its grand opening at the Summit Event Center in downtown Toledo.
Pastor Eric and First Lady Cheryl Slack have planted a new church in Toledo after pastoring for 10 years in Grand Rapids, MI. The message for the evening was delivered by Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God In Christ. Bishop Sheard leads the Church of God In Christ, headquartered in Memphis, TN, the largest Black Pentecostal denomination in the world. Bishop Sheard, who resides in Detroit, MI and Pastor Slack have been friends for over 40 years.
Local pastors, relatives, friends and well wishers came and received good music, good preaching and good fellowship in the service. “The pandemic impacted the Church model, significantly” Pastor Slack stated. “It’s tough to get people back in Church and I believe God wants us to use other means such as virtual service and community events to serve the community and deliver the Gospel message.”
The key is creating a team with one focus and goal, to improve the quality of lives of everyone in the congregation. The Event Center will be the new home for the Church. Pastor Slack loves the space and the fact that it’s on the TARTA bus line and everyone feels comfortable coming downtown for events and activities, so why not Church.
Pastor Slack stated, “I believe in a diverse congregation because I firmly believe that we are better when we worship together.” “Now that we’ve had the grand opening, the real work begins to fill this place with souls.”
That is the ultimate goal. Keep your eyes on this Church.