Since the launch of World Overcomers Christian Church (WOCC) in 2003, they have been dedicated to growing more than just a church with strong faith, but building a large family that helps the entire community thrive.
The church’s pastor, Andy Thompson, settled in Durham with his wife, LaShawn, and started a ministry on local television that later grew into a church with close to 10,000 members. The large growth led to another church site in Raleigh, allowing them to make huge impacts all over the Triangle.
Majority of the members at WOCC have been families and younger couples. Families come in and get settled in the church by connecting with the family-friendly environment. They join a group with a solid foundation that feels like a larger family.
The ministries within the church are a huge reflection of that. Each ministry is welcoming and provides an opportunity for all age groups to get involved. PrimeTime Ministry is a ministry of adults aged 45 and caters to the population of their group. The youth ministry and Overcomer Kids provides a space in the church for younger children to surround themselves with other like-minded peers. With the women’s ministry, every woman in the church is invited to fellowship with one another and grow to become a next level woman. There is even a couples ministry that meets with married mentors throughout the year.
The development of Overcomer Kids and the youth ministry has really contributed to the church’s growth. It is important in a community to have a place where the youth can learn about who they are, how they play a role in the world, and enjoy going to church all in one. WOCC’s youth ministry is a comfortable and fun environment that draws family to the church.
However, WOCC’s impact goes beyond the walls of the church. They spend time serving the community through their ministries. Each member is encouraged to serve by helping out at toy drives, food drives, and volunteering at shelters. Their love for giving and serving underprivileged families in the Raleigh-Durham area labels them as the church of the community.
To make the community stronger, WOCC develops leaders with mentoring and guidance from the Pastor Andy. Overcomers Christian Fellowship is where other pastors and leaders can receive leadership of their own. Also, they can build on their skills to become more effective leaders.
According to Pastor Andy, the people are healthy when the leader is healthy. And when the people are healthy, it creates a healthy church that will grow. As the community’s church, WOCC is always welcoming new visitors to experience a chance to fellowship with their family. Every Sunday is the perfect time to attend, especially during the Easter Sunday service on April 12th. The church would love to see new faces at their church sites. Service times on Sundays are at 9 am and 11:30 am in Durham and at 8 am and 10:15 am in Raleigh. On Wednesday nights, both locations hold a service at 7 pm. For more information, visit their website.