In January 2017, James and Brittany Powell became lead pastors at World Outreach Center. The mission of the lead pastors was for World Outreach Center to form a new identity.
While the new identity and mission of World Outreach Center has already been put into place, the church will officially change its name to Anchors Church on September 10.
According to James Powell, the new mission of the church is to be an “Anchor of Hope” for everyone. Helping others will be the central mission of the church.
The name change is to better reflect the central mission of the church. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place during the Sept. 10 service at 10:30 a.m.
Powell said, “Anchors Church wants to have a beneficial presence right here in Blount County. We believe there is hope for every soul, regardless of their background.”
The mission of Anchors Church will pattern after Jesus’ many examples of crossing the boundary lines, welcoming them in, and to love them.
Powell said, “We want to focus on hope for today, and help for tomorrow. It’s not about us. We just want to help people see a clear representation of Jesus.”
In 2000, six pastors formed the Association of Relational Churches (ARC). The concept of ARC is working with the church planters and church leaders to provide support, guidance, and resources to launch and grow life-giving churches. ARC wants to help churches reach each city with the hope of Jesus.
Now considered an ARC church, Powell understands that Anchors Church will not appeal to everyone. He does, however, want to invite anyone interested to attend a service. He especially encourages anyone who has previously left an organized religious institution to attend one of the services.
Anchors Church meets each Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. They also have a mid-week meeting for youth at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Anchors Church is located at 2115 Second Ave. E., Oneonta.
Powell said, “We love people and want to be a place of hope. We are trying to live out the teachings of Christ. We want to offer love and hope to everyone, and we want to make sure we find those in need.”