WARNER ROBINS -- Eighth Day Church launched with a public service Jan. 25.
“It was a great time with probably 20 pastors there that my wife, April, and I have known and served with through the years -- including the pastor who married us,” said David Brinson, pastor of Eighth Day. “My pastor from Florida, where we moved here from, was also there to pray over us and bless the ministry.”
Brinson’s pastor from Florida is internationally known author, evangelist, TV personality and pastor of the Orlando area’s New Destiny Christian Center, Paula White.
“I served two years in Florida at Faith World in Orlando as music pastor and then went to New Destiny Christian Center from 2012 to 2014 where I was worship pastor and served on the executive team. Paula shared with me that from the beginning she knew I’d be called to a senior pastor role one day. My last Sunday there was in August 2014, and we came here in September.”
But the move in September wasn’t Brinson’s first time in Warner Robins. Both he and April were stationed at Robins Air Force Base, where he retired from seven years of military service just days before 9/11. While in the Air Force, Brinson said he’d already been serving at New Hope International church on Russell Parkway and then went full time there as an associate pastor and worship pastor from 2001 to 2010 before going to Florida.
“It was a blessed time, and I have good relations with Bishop (Jeff) Poole and his son Jordan,” Brinson said.
Brinson said upon returning to Warner Robins in 2014, he began a season of prayer and fasting prior to the church’s launch.
“My life is about prayer and fasting,” he said. “My approach to ministry and sermon preparation is spending time listening and hearing what God is saying. It’s not my original thought, but I appreciate the idea in Genesis that Abraham heard God at the bottom of the mountain when he was told to sacrifice his son Isaac, but he kept listening to God and heard him at the top of the mountain when he said to spare his son because God was providing his own sacrifice. Because Abraham heard God and kept hearing God, there came great salvation and blessing. I know I need to constantly listen to hear God.”
Speaking as a musician, Brinson said he and Eighth Day draw from a wide variety of traditional hymns, gospel music, contemporary worship songs and other styles to shape exuberant worship.
As pastor, he said he’s called to equip believers.
“There’s a need for equipping and empowering people,” Brinson said. “Even before I got here, the vision God gave me for the church was to empower and equip people and follow Matthew 28:20 to make disciples.”
As a new church, Brinson said there are many ministries he believes God will call the congregation into, but he’s particularly aware there will be a strong youth ministry, a focus on prayer and intercession and, at some point, a school of prayer and worship.
The church also is eager to have its own worship center. Currently, Eighth Day’s regular Sunday meetings are at 6 p.m. in Christ Chapel’s facilities on Moody Road. Eighth Day also will have a special prayer service there Feb. 27.
“Pastor Edward Boateng, who leads the Pray America Initiative, will be with us for a special Midnight Cry prayer service Feb. 27 at 11:45 p.m.,” Brinson said. “We have two other special services planned, but they’ll be at a different location on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. The first is a vision service March 8 at the Central Georgia Technical College Auditorium at 80 Cohen Walker Drive. I’ll be speaking then on our vision for the church. We’ll also have our Easter service there on April 5 at 10.”
Brinson said part of the church’s vision for the future is in the meaning of its somewhat unusual name.
“The root word for eight in Hebrew means to make fat or cover with fat, which has the idea to super-abound,” he said. “The number eight also has the idea of a new beginning, of new birth, resurrection and salvation.”