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Why We Changed Our Name

GraceLife ChurchClarksville, TN – In the summer of 2010 I became the Lead Pastor of a church that was struggling to stay alive. The church had been beaten down by rocks of “drama”, weeds of bad theology, and was full of the type of toxicity that would render most soil unfit for planting.

That church was Xtreme Christian Fellowship a.k.a Xtreme Ministries. Over the last 27 months God by His Spirit has used His people to remove the rocks, pull up the weeds, and prepare the soil. This type of work is not taught in seminary and one cannot find a book at the latest conference that reveals the “shortcuts” to cleaning up the mess that was Xtreme.

However, God is faithful, gracious, and more than able to take even the most overgrown field and turn it into something beautiful and fruitful. I thank God for the faithful core group of people who stuck it out through all of the ups and downs and refused to quit even when others said “Close the doors.”

In the last 27 months Xtreme has grown in size and in impact. However, something was still missing. We have prayed, fasted, planned, sought counsel, and done all the other things that “they” say you should do to breakthrough barriers. Nothing worked.

Then, it dawned on me that there has been one stubborn rock in our field. One rock that has isolated us. One rock that has been more of a negative reminder of the past than a positive sign of what is to come. This rock does not represent who we have become over the last 27 months. For the last 27 months there has not been anything “extreme” about Xtreme. We are not a fight church. We are a grace church that happens to LOVE fighters. Big difference.

After years of preparing the field the time is finally right for us to say goodbye to that stubborn rock that has been hindering new life. So, on Easter Sunday, the church that was Xtreme became Grace Life Church Clarksville. Over the last 27 months we have shaped a new culture, mission, vision, and values. It is time for our name to line up with our identity.

I thank God in advance for the explosion of fruitfulness that is headed our way now that the field is finally in order! I invite you to be my personal guest THIS Sunday at 9:00am or 10:45am. If you are tired of “church as usual”, tired of getting beat up by life, or ready for a change, GraceLife Church is the place for you.

More than that, we want you to know that at GraceLife it is okay to not be okay. It is okay to have questions and doubts. At GraceLife Church you’ll find grace, acceptance, freedom, and the love of Jesus. No strings attached. See you Sunday!

Carlo Serrano
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Carlo Serrano is the Lead Pastor of Xtreme Christian Fellowship and the Host of 1400AM WJZM Radio’s The Spirit of Clarksville. He is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army who has served as a pastor in the Clarksville/Ft Campbell area since 2004. He completed his Pastoral Ministries studies through Global University, studied Human Services at Southeastern University, has a BA in Psychology from American Military University and is currently pursuing an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Carlo is married and has two sons. He enjoys kickboxing, Army Combatives, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, reading, and hanging out with his family. He is also a fan(atic) of all things Apple and The Beatles and loves Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Tennessee Titan football.
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