Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, November 14, 2009
1. Teaching Ministry
The ministry of teaching/preaching is, we believe, central to the life of the church. When the early church gathered one of their priorities was being taught the Bible (Acts 2.42). This is because being a disciple of Jesus is about being a "learner" (disciple means learner) of Jesus, which means we must be learners of Scripture, the book which is all about Jesus. This means we will unashamedly gather around the Bible every week to learn about what it looks like to love and follow Jesus in the twenty-first century.
In order to cultivate an environment of discussion and dialogue there will also be Q and A at Village Church, where you will have opportunity to ask any question you want, either on a microphone or through text messaging.
Village Church also has a Pastor (the only paid leader of Village Church) who is gifted in teaching and preaching the Bible in a challenging and relevant way, and who loves to interact with people around their questions about God, the Bible, and the cultural relevance of Christianity.
2. Worship Ministry
Worshiping God is also central to discipleship of Jesus. This is done with our whole lives, not with just singing. But singing to and about God (Acts 2.47; Eph. 5.19), reading Scripture, and expressing our love and service to Jesus through artistic mediums (original films, music etc.,) are tangible ways worship can be experiences when the corporate body of Jesus gathers.
Because this was a priority for the early church, like teaching/preaching, it is for us as well. Village Church has been blessed with some musically gifted people and a great worship leader. His desire is to serve those who gather by cultivating an atmosphere of worship each Sunday morning. Helping us focus on Jesus, in order to grow closer to Him in all things. By His grace God has gifted us with a great facility (Rosemary Heights Elementary School), and we are going to work to turn it into an fun, energetic, welcoming environment for everyone who comes and that it will help accomplish the mission of seeing lives transformed to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
What's amazing about the team God has brought together is that we also have men and women who are dedicated to seeing families flourish, and who are available to come alongside parents (together, single or otherwise) who have questions, struggles, and everyday pressures of raising a family, who are able to help carry the burden, as the apostle Paul instructs us to. We think this capacity to reach out and help young families in practical and tangible ways is going to be one way Village Church serves the community of South Surrey from the beginning.
Jesus instructs His followers to love one another. One way we intend on cultivating a community of love is through what we call Community Groups. These are smaller groups (say of 10-20 people) who meet in houses, apartments, and condo's, to study,pray and support one another. This is where more intimate, authentic relationships are built and sustained. Where real community is cultivated.
These groups will give the opportunity for individuals to be shepherded, loved and guided by one another. When people are in hospital for instance, or struggling with relational issues, or any number of other things, these are the people who will help care for one another in an intimate and deliberate way. This kind of relational connectivity is one of the most unique things about Jesus' church, and we hope to establish these communities as very hospitable, and welcoming groups from the beginning.
The last thing to mention here is not really a ministry but an attitude, a DNA, which shapes every ministry of Village Church, and that is being missional. What we mean by this is that Village Church desires to reach people who do not yet know Jesus, and that the primary way we see this happening is that the peo
This means that we want to be a church that lives to for the good of people and the good of the city. That serves the people of Surrey by being engaged and involved in the life of the city and its six districts. Surrey is a diverse city. The second largest in B.C. It needs missional churches to reach out and be involved in gospel-centered renewal of city-life. This is part of the long-term vision of Village Church. It must begin small though (focused on the Southern Surrey districts) and then as God leads us we will begin doing more and more to bless the city: planting churches, helping resource ministries, getting involved in community projects, etc.,. This missional DNA is adopted from our mother church, South Delta Baptist Church with its focus on church planting.
In past generations the desire to reach people for Jesus has led some churches to abandon the gospel, and others to water it down. It led some to focus only on preaching and others only on works of good deeds. For us, neither of these routes is faithful to God, nor ultimately successful in transforming people into fully devoted followers of Jesus. What is needed is a group of real and authentic people, living missional, gospel-centered lives, clearly pointing people to Jesus in both their words and their deeds. Speaking the gospel and embodying it in their actions as they seek to renew both individuals and the cities in which they live.
We want to call people to nothing less than this.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We are excited to announce that Village
Church officially has a launch date: Sunday January 24,
2010! All are welcome to come and join us as we
celebrate what God is doing among us and launch our first
Village Church Sunday worship services will be at Rosemary Heights Elementary School, located in South Surrey (on 36th Ave., just off of 152nd). God is doing some great things among us and going before us as we pray and seek out his will.
Culture: We seek to transform both individual lives and the culture we live in through gospel-centered ministry.
Firstly, this means that we see every Christian as a 'missionary' in the sense that they are on mission with Jesus to reach the people in their immediate lives so they come to know Him.
Secondly, this means that we seek to impact and transform the city of Surrey. Which means we will be involved in the life of the city in a posture of servanthood with the hope that we can make a positive difference in the name of Jesus.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
'But,' many people say, 'what about all the existing churches that need help? You seem to be ignoring them.' Not at all. We also plant churches because--
We want to continually RENEW THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST. It is a great mistake to think that we have to choose between church planting and church renewal. Strange as it may seem, the planting of new churches in a city is one of the very best ways to revitalize many older churches in the vicinity and renew the whole Body of Christ. Why?
1. First, the new churches bring new ideas to the whole Body. There is plenty of resistance to the idea that we need to plant new churches to reach the constant stream of 'new' groups and generations and residents. Many congregations insist that all available resources should be used to find ways of helping existing churches reach them. However, there is no better way to teach older congregations about new skills and methods for reaching new people groups than by planting new churches. It is the new churches that will have freedom to be innovative and they become the 'Research and Development' department for the whole Body in the city. Often the older congregations were too timid to try a particular approach or were absolutely sure it would 'not work here'. But when the new church in town succeeds wildly with some new method, the other churches eventually take notice and get the courage to try it themselves.
2. Second, new churches are one of the best ways to surface creative, strong leaders for the whole Body. In older congregations, leaders emphasize tradition, tenure, routine, and kinship ties. New congregations, on the other hand, attract a higher percentage of venturesome people who value creativity, risk, innovation and future orientation. Many of these men and women would never be attracted or compelled into significant ministry apart from the appearance of these new bodies. Often older churches 'box out' many people with strong leadership skills who cannot work in more traditional settings. New churches thus attract and harness many people in the city whose gifts would otherwise not be utilized in the work of the Body. These new leaders benefit the whole city-Body eventually.
3. Third, the new churches challenge other churches to self-examination. The "success" of new churches often challenges older congregations in general to evaluate themselves in substantial ways. Sometimes it is only in contrast with a new church that older churches can finally define their own vision, specialties, and identity. Often the growth of the new congregation gives the older churches hope that 'it can be done', and may even bring about humility and repentance for defeatist and pessimistic attitudes. Sometimes, new congregations can partner with older churches to mount ministries that neither could do by themselves.
4. Fourth, the new church may be an 'evangelistic feeder' for a whole community. The new church often produces many converts who end up in older churches for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the new church is very exciting and outward facing but is also very unstable or immature in its leadership. Thus some converts cannot stand the tumultuous changes that regularly come through the new church and they move to an existing church. Sometimes the new church reaches a person for Christ, but the new convert quickly discovers that he or she does not 'fit' the socio-economic make up of the new congregation, and gravitates to an established congregation where the customs and culture feels more familiar. Ordinarily, the new churches of a city produce new people not only for themselves, but for the older bodies as well.
Sum: Vigorous church planting is one of the best ways to renew the existing churches of a city, as well as the best single way to grow the whole Body of Christ in a city.