Franklin Covenant Church pastor, John Makinson brought a message to the September meeting of the Franklin Lions Club Monday, Aug. 25, about a growing multi-denominational movement in Macon County churches to lead an aggressive offensive against the declining family unit structure. Pastor Makinson briefly recounted some of the issues and statistics surrounding the decline of the family unit during the past five or six decades. He was there, neither to bemoan the decadence of society nor dwell on all the problems, but to share a vision for the possible transformation of Macon County families.
This movement has its roots in the early part of 2014 following a presentation of Kirk Cameron’s “Love Worth Fighting For.” After this event, pastors and lay people alike were awakened to the possible role the churches were to take. A rather diverse group of Christian people gathered to seek answers to this question: “What are the next steps for Macon County to strengthen families and marriages?” At this stage, the core group involved John Makinson, Franklin Covenant Church; Jason Smith, Cowee Baptist; Rick Holmes, Grace Presbyterian; Scott Eichelberger, First Alliance; Brandon Breedlove, Holly Springs; and Bruce Ferguson, Cowee Baptist. Currently, about 12 churches are involved in the group’s expanding vision.