HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
Launching on September 11, 2010 with 20 adults, Connections Church began as a Saturday night environment with a God-given vision to do church differently. The primary mission of Connections is to connect people who are far from God with the incredible God who loves them. On January 21, 2012 we offically organized as an independent church, and we’ve been growing ever since. Connections now offers 2 service times weekly, and our Sunday night student ministry, “Collide”.
Now in our 7th year of existence, we have been able to impact over 1,000 people in our community annually, with events like clothing drives at local schools, Christmas meals and gift deliveries, and local and international missions in places as far away as Kenya. At Connections we have OWNERS not members, because while members have rights, OWNERS have responsibilities.
Our owners have the mentality that we are not called to just attend church but to be the Church. There are "No Perfect People" at Connections, but whether you still have questions about God, are new to faith, or have been a follower of Christ for years, we believe that we all have a next step to take, in our journey in the larger story of God.
Through the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, to move people to passionately engage in the Big Story of God by Connecting with God, Connecting with each other, and Connecting with the world.
This core mission comes from Matthew 22:36-40
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
We strive for our mission by encouraging individuals to enter the Greater Story of God by Connecting in relationships. From Preschool through Adulthood our church is designed to allow all people to participate in large group and small group environments. Through large groups we achieve unity in the body of Christ and the ability to serve others. Through small groups we grow in our relationship with God by living out our faith in community with others. In all our environments we pursue 7 core thoughts tied to 4 key values. To learn more about these values listen to our “I Heart the 90’s” series podcasts here.
Found People Find People
Novel and Relevant Environments - Every environment should be strategically designed to effectively connect with its target audience and have a win in mind.
New Believers through Relationships –The good news of God’s love is most effectively shared by authentic relationships. Evangelism is simply one beggar telling another where to find bread.
Saved People Serve People
Called to Serve - Every believer is called to minister. Our spiritual gifts have maximum impact when exercised in service and supporting our overall strategy.
Training and Apprenticing Leaders - We are responsible to pass along to others the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that have been entrusted to us. Great leaders replace themselves.
Changed People Change
Obedience and Intimacy with God - God loves us and desires an intimate relationship with each of us. Our love for God leads us to obedience.
Embrace Biblical Authority - God has spoken to us through the Bible and we recognize it as the final authority for our lives.
Growing People Grow with People
Community that’s Authentic - Accountability, belonging, care, and spiritual growth happen best with relationally-connected believers in small group environments.