What to Expect
What are services like?
Worship services are designed to help the worshiper speak to God in prayer and praise through readings and music. The order of service is printed. Those singing can use the hymnal or refer to the overhead projections. Believing that God does speak to us through scripture those planning worship always include scripture reading. Services may include video or live drama sketches to support church wide emphases or the pastor's sermon. A separate children's worship is provided for elementary age children as well as nursery care for preschool children. Following a time of singing, prayer, and giving of offerings the pastor of the church normally delivers a sermon of about 30 minutes in length. Following the sermon the pastor normally invites any who would like to join the church, seek baptism, want to express desire to become a Christian, etc. to come and speak to the pastor during what is called a "time of invitation" or "time of dedication." A typical Sunday morning service last about one hour and 15 minutes,
What is the community like?
The 64137 zip code in which the church campus sits is a mixed race neighborhood of moderate income families. This particular zip code area has been tremendously affected by the world-wide appeal of the International House of Prayer (IHOP). The immediate neighborhood of the church has seen an influx of Christian families associated with IHOP. These families, however, tend to relate primarily to the IHOP church and ministries; and most of these families either home school their children or send them to private Christian schools. In fact, our church building is used by the Forerunner Christian Academy. This school which provides for children kindergarten through grade 8 is populated almost entirely by families associated with IHOP. The campus sets, however, near the border of two other very different zip code areas having a wide spread of both economic and racial demographics.
What if I'm not a Christian?
One of the compliments that our church continues to receive from those who visit is that they have rarely been in a church where they felt so warmly welcomed. This church will seek to help guests feel comfortable. The worship bulletins indicate hymn numbers for those who like or want to have the music notes. When the congregation is invited to read leaders make those indications clearly. The welcome period does not point out visitors although we do conduct a time of welcoming where those in worship are invited to stand and greet those around them. First time guests are invited to receive a special gift which they can pick up at the welcome desk following worship. All in worship are asked and invited to write their names on a registration form that is provided in the bulletin and place that form in the offering plates. Guests are never expected to give a monetary offering. For those wanting to explore Christianity and/or church membership the church conducts an Inquirer's Class every Sunday. Those who attend are not committing to church membership or to Christianity, only to explore the topics. This class is conducted by the pastor at 9 a.m. The church provides Bible study classes called Sunday School for all ages (nursery through adult) every Sunday at 9 a.m. and those who are not Christians are warmly invited to take part in a class of his or her choice.