The Potter’s House was birthed in a time known as the Jesus People Movement, a Christian revival (historically referred to as a spiritual awakening) that swept through America in the early 1970s. The founding pastor, Ps Wayman Mitchell, had just taken over the church in Prescott, Arizona. Ps Mitchell had a vision to see his local church make in impact in that community. As they began to share the gospel on the streets God began to move in that town and the church experienced a tremendous growth.
As people were added to the church, a discipleship process took place in which young men were inspired by a vision to see their community come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Ps Mitchell began to teach and instruct these men in the Word of God and disciple them. Regular evangelistic ‘outreaches’ were held in which large crowds were drawn through music, drama, healing crusades and gospel meetings resulting in large numbers of people making a commitment to Christ and joining the church.
It wasn’t long before Ps Mitchell and the Prescott church wanted to plant a church that would replicate exactly what they were doing to have an even greater impact. In 1973, Prescott planted its first church into Kearney, Arizona. A year later a church was planted into Yuma, Arizona. In 1974, the first Bible Conference was held in which the planted churches would come back to Prescott and be inspired by the collective vision to make an impact for Christ. Shortly after this the first couple was sent into another country, the country of Mexico.
The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship is now all over the world. What began as a small local church in a small town of America has now become a movement all over the world. There are now over 1,700 churches in more than 100 nations of the world. What an incredible thought, that one man and one church could have such a profound impact when obedient to the will of God!
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