It’s pretty cliche to start with a definition — but we just couldn’t ignore the significance of this one. Leg·a·cy : 1 — a gift by will // 2 — something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past // 3 — a candidate for membership in an organization who is given special status because of a familial relationship to a member.
Merriam-Webster delivers. We are privileged to carry this special status, for no other reason than our relationship with Jesus. We receive his gift of life, freedom, light and love + join this incredible family because of his vicarious + atoning death and his victorious resurrection. Our family won’t be complete until everyone has heard about this legacy. So we’ll be here until Raleigh looks like heaven.
Legacy is often something you reflect on, rather than acting as a launching pad to cast a vision for what’s to come. For us, it’s both. It’s reflecting on those who have gone before us, the giants’ shoulders on which we stand — since the beginning of time. But it’s also looking forward, to see the world through a new lens, to live in community + for community, to connect with God + each other, and to define church differently.
Legacy is the reason. Vision is the catalyst. Life change is the goal.
As we cast the vision God has given us for C3 City Light, we’ll cast the net far + wide. We’ll launch with the end in mind. In order to do that, let’s go back to the beginning.
On DAY ONE God created the heavens and the earth. But day one wasn’t complete until he created light. Clearly light is a priority for God. He spoke and there was light — He separated light from dark. We all are born into a world where, by default, we are separated from God — living in the dark. God in his supreme authority refused to live separate from us — his ultimate creation. So he provided ultimate resolution, his only son — Jesus, the light of the world. His passion + mission to take light into a dark place has gripped our hearts. So we take our cues from this example. His legacy lives on + his vision lights the way. We refuse to settle until all are awakened to the light and love of Jesus.
Our personal beginning started a little over a year ago (written 2018).
// In late 2017, the Barhams moved back to their home state of North Carolina to start a church. Not because Raleigh needs just another church, but to bring more of the love and power that God has to offer to a city that craves it. It’s a plus that NC is where the family lives.
Stuart and April both grew up in North Carolina and met through mutual friends — actually through connections at church camp. That’s a story for another day, best shared over a cup of coffee. They love coffee. They love people and they love Jesus — guess that makes sense since they’re starting a church.
Stuart and April are no strangers to ministry. Independently they have been involved in ministry for over a decade and have partnered to serve together all of their married life. On July 22, 2011, they were married and 3 days after returning from their honeymoon were on the road, moving to Dallas. While in Dallas, they served at C3 Trinity Dallas in various capacities including the college ministry, missions department, and internship program. //
Now we’re on the cusp of launching and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s where our legacy begins. Launching with the end in mind — to awaken all to the light and love of Jesus — begins with you. We’re reaching out because we need help to do this. We were never meant to live life alone.
If your heart connects with our vision, we’d love for you to partner with us — to reach the city, to shine the light, until the name of Jesus is famous.