Welcome to De-Commissioned, a place for former members of the Great Commission movement (aka GCM, GCC, GCAC, GCI, the Blitz) to discuss problems they've experienced in the association's practices and theology.

You may read and post, but some features are restricted to registered members. Please consider registering to gain full access! Registration is free and only takes a few moments to complete.
De-Commissioned Forum
January 27, 2022, 02:00:53 pm *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
  Home   Forum   Help Search Login Register  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic: GCx Churches Escape Reports of Abuse Through Frequent Name Changes  (Read 469 times)
Janet Easson Martin
Private Forum Access
Household Name (300+ Posts)
Offline Offline

Posts: 1161

« on: March 28, 2021, 09:25:58 pm »

GCx Churches Escape Reports of Abuse
Through Frequent Name Changes

This is an attempt to list (all in one place) the names and name changes of GCx founded churches to inform unknowing members of their history of frequent name changes often suspiciously following public reports of abuse.  Obviously there are some missing, so please chime in with additions or honest corrections.  Linda and Huldah did most of the research and detective work (which can be found on several threads).  I left the indication “-Present” up because some of these churches still identify somehow or another with GCM, GCAC, GCC on their website or in their teaching, though it’s National Board has claimed dissolvement.  Though subdivisions occur later they are identified here because they grew from the “parent” GCx organization and under McCotter indoctrination.  Also included are experiences and insights from former members regarding GCX’s name changes and the abusive history they hide.

The "Blitz" Movement (1970-1983)
Great Commission International (1983-1989)
Great Commission Ministries (1989-Present)
     Collegiate Churches Network
     Reliant Mission (2015 - Present)
Great Commission Association of Churches (1989-Present)
Great Commission Churches (2005-Present)

..reminds me of the old shell game the hucksters play at county fairs and carnivals. You can never guess the right coconut shell because the guy is so slick and so quick. There are so many fronts to this organization... it reminds me of the many Iowa newspaper investigations posted in here that exposed all the hidden connections between Jim McCotter = ISU Bible Study = Ames Fellowship Church = THEOS = Life Herald = Today's Student = The Cause = etc, etc, etc. ===> GCXXX.

...I was surprised (read: suspicious) when I received an email explaining that the organization that I previously supported had changed its name. Thats the way he put it, the organization just changed its name. Of course, that is not what the website says...
I can tell you that as far as I can tell GCM (now CCN) is of the same spirit as all of the other GCx churches.

I think its important for people to understand that though the name might be changing the beliefs and practices may not be. ... One of the churches in the Collegiate Church Network (of which Reliant is a direct affiliate with) had many of the same issues listed in the Apology Letter up until at least 2005. I left around then...

Is it alarming to anyone that GCM is changing their college ministry name to  Collegiate Church Network? ... It was very difficult for me to track down that Collegiate was related at all to GCM, but I noticed several of the board members names, and that Collegiate talks about LT on the website.

I was a member of a GCAC church while on staff and had problems there, too. When I was in training for staff (to learn how to raise support) we were told GCM is the mission arm of GCAC. ...don't believe if someone says they're separate. On paper, yes...in locations, yes...but in interacting, no way.....we had a Pastor/Staff conference each year where GCM staffers and pastors from GCAC churches all attended & heard the same teachings from the same people. Don't buy it.

I believe GC is planting churches without using the GC organization's information known to those who come.  They wouldn't want anyone to find out their past and present practices.  

In 2011, there were 4.

Great Commission Heartland (GCH)
GCC Regional Ministries (GCC-RM)
Great Commission Northlands (GCN)
Great Commission Northwest (GCNW)

In October 2016 GCC had 5 regional ministries at that time that were "organized geographically" They were:

The Plains
Mountains West
East Regional Ministries

Within GCC, Eagle Creek Community Church is active with GC Plains Regional Ministry, which serves churches in these states Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

Within GCC, Harvest Church is active with Northlands Regional Ministry, which serves churches in these states Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Within GCC, Submerge Church is active with the Northlands Regional Ministry, which serves churches in these states: Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

If [JH - Board of Directors] you are going to try to pretend that you have all sorts of "regional ministries" that are not GCC ministries and throw "Lift Network" in the mix, you probably should go through your member churches web pages and have them eliminate statements on church web pages [in January 2020] like these [above] that contradict your statement...

Lift Network of Churches
     Vintage Faith Church - Kansas
     Walnut Creek Church - Ames, Iowa

     According to liftchurches.com, the Lift Network has churches in Des Moines, Iowa, and Ames, Iowa,    but the names of the churches are not yet available from the website. I'm assuming that one of them is Stonebrook in Ames, as their pastor Matt Heerema is the author of an article that appears on the site.

Campus Fellowship link on the Lift Network web page [as of 2019]

Drake is a ministry of Walnut Creek.

DMACC is a ministry of Walnut Creek.

Grandview is a ministry of Walnut Creek.

Iowa State University is a ministry of Stonebrook Community Church.

University of Nebraska—Lincoln lists no church affiliation (perhaps I missed it), but meets at Candlewood Church.

University of Nebraska—Omaha is a ministry of Candlewood Church (and proud of it according to their web page)

M28 Alliance
     Anchored Faith Church - Edina, MN
     Rio Church - El Paso, TX
     Living Stones - Austin, TX
     The Rock - Draper, UT
     Desert’s End - Tempe, AZ
     South LA Christian Life - Los Angelos, CA
     Beggar’s Gate - Loveland, CO
     Summitview Church - Fort Collins, CO
     Summitview Community Church - Evans, CO
     Firehouse Church - Denver, CO
     Parker Firehouse Church - Franklin, CO

     From the M28 Website:

« Last Edit: March 29, 2021, 06:54:16 pm by Janet Easson Martin » Logged

For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.        - Saint Augustine
Private Forum Access
Household Name (300+ Posts)
Offline Offline

Posts: 968

« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 06:16:13 pm »

Solid Rock, the college-based church I belonged to in the 70's, also did this. It's now two separate entities called H2O (the college ministry) and Linworth Road Church. The history page of Linworth Road's website mentions their beginning as, "...fifteen men and women barely out of their teens with a simple vision to recapture New Testament Christianity... holy rebels set loose in the world," but there's no mention of the name Solid Rock. The only way I learned what became of my old church and the entire movement was by Googling "James McCotter" and coming across this website.
Janet Easson Martin
Private Forum Access
Household Name (300+ Posts)
Offline Offline

Posts: 1161

« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2021, 07:08:22 pm »

When I was looking up the GCx Church in Clarksville, MD called “Oak Ridge Community Church” that remained after the ValleyBrook group split away and left GCx; I found that GCx Church has become part of what is now referred to as the “Southeast Church Alliance” (of GC Churches.)They use the GCC logo on both pages. There is a link to these “SECA” Churches at the bottom. Incidently, this is not “The Alliance Southeast” which is part of The Christian Missionary Alliance Denomination. The similarity could be misleading.

Some church names may be familiar to you, but other names may have changed or “Churches” may have been added. To the best of my knowledge they have not attempted to separate from the GCx culture. It appears some are associated with college campuses which is always concerning. I have included the Clarksville, Maryland Church since they claim to be part of this alliance though they don’t officially appear on their page. These churches should be added to the list of remaining GCx Churches listed above.


Oak Ridge Community Church
Clarksville, MD

Grace Community Church
Raleigh, NC

Niner Christian Life
Charlotte, NC

Clemson Community Church
Clemson, SC

Atlanta House Churches
Metro Atlanta, GA

Woodstock Community Church
Woodstock, Ga

Awaken Church
Jacksonville, FL

Cypress Fellowship
Orlando, FL

Gator Christian Life
Gainesville, FL

Seminole Christian Life
Tallahassee, FL

The Journey
Palm Coast, FL

The Rock/ La Roca
Miami, FL

Freedom Bible Church
Enterprise, AL

For the leaders/representatives of these churches click on each at the following:

« Last Edit: September 15, 2021, 07:26:41 pm by Janet Easson Martin » Logged

For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.        - Saint Augustine
Pages: [1]   Go Up
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.1.1