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On June 1, 2003, in obedience to the leading of the Lord, Pastors Mike and Theresa Brown began The Gathering, a community church committed to restoration.
The church began in the Watford Auction Building, in Okeechobee, Florida, with nearly 100 people attending that first service. As the congregation steadily increased, it soon became apparent that a larger facility was needed to provide enough room to minister to children and youth. Miraculously, on The Gathering’s five-month anniversary, the church moved into the spacious facility in which it now meets.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18a). The Bible tells us that God’s people need a vision, a goal, a dream, to keep going forward. The vision of The Gathering is to be a vibrant center of worship, restoration, and healing in the community, committed to loving and accepting people right where they are and helping to restore them back into right relationship with God, themselves, and others. As the church moves into the future and continues to grow, we never want to lose the family spirit that is such an integral part of The Gathering. Our goal is to walk out the Gospel, fulfilling Christ’s command to love the Lord our God and to love others.