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Meet Kevin from Collective Church

“I was treating church like spiritual TED talks.” Meet Kevin from Collective Church in Los Angeles Kevin was raised in a Christian home but admits it meant little to him growing up. In college, his faith became a bigger part of his life and he knew he wanted to join a local church. This led to a time of seeking, where Kevin describes, “I was sort of church shopping. Church smorgasbord-ing. I’d go here and there, where I felt Good. I’d want a good buzzy high.” The more Kevin reflected on his behavior, he felt God challenging him to see…

Meet Tony From Mission Church

“Mission Church is God handing me a cup of coffee every week.” ☕️ Meet Tony from Mission Church in Ventura, CA. Tony joined Mission because he saw God doing something special through the church. Mission is known throughout their city as a place of grace, hospitality, and fun. (They like to throw parties!) Tony, who has followed Jesus for many years, is delighted to see new people coming to Mission all the time. “It’s not by accident that every service is packed,” he says, “Grace is preached here.” Each week’s teaching is helpful in an immediate way, applicable to live…

Meet Emiola From Renewal Church

“Chicago is an extremely diverse city but it’s very segregated space.” Meet Emiola from Renewal Church in Chicago. Emiola was born in Chicago and grew up in London and Nigeria.  When she returned to Chicago for college, she was surprised and dismayed at the palpable tension in the city.  The move was made even more difficult because she had no family in the city.  Emiola started attending Renewal Church just over a year ago.  Emiola wanted to be a part of a group who would truly know her.  Quickly she felt that Renewal was the right place.  She explained, “It…

Meet Olga From Miami Church

“I was having a difficult time last summer. One morning, I woke up and told myself I could not do this alone anymore.” Meet Olga from Miami Church Olga moved to Miami for work and school. While she had attended church as a child, she said, “I just never felt connected to a group of people who I can learn about Jesus with.” Changes that she could not control made her reevaluate her life. She could no longer hide her stress and anxiety and wanted to find a church for support. She and her husband found Miami Church via a…

Meet Katie from Collective Church

“If I joined this church, these people would really know me.” Meet Katie from Collective Church in Los Angeles. Katie was following Jesus and very active in a campus ministry in college, but was not connected to a church. She started to wonder if something was missing. She met Casey and Lorenzo, lead planters of Collective, in the early stages of planning the new church. Getting involved early in the life of the church gave Katie the possibility to ask the questions she had. It also allowed her the opportunity to become invested in the lives of other people, which…

Meet Moses from Renaissance Church

“When I first started volunteering, I thought it was for Renaissance. Then I realized it was helping me.” Meet Moses, Renaissance Church. Moses was born and raised in Harlem. A few years ago, church and God weren’t a priority for him. Through friends, he met Jordan Rice, the lead planter for Renaissance. Moses felt an immediate connection and started attending church regularly. The teaching each week was relevant to the issues Moses was facing. He started volunteering with the setup team on Sunday mornings, and has become an integral part of the Renaissance Church family. Because of Renaissance, Moses says,…

Meet Melinda From Mission Church

“My struggles with alcoholism took me to places where I never thought I’d be. Mission stood by me and said, ‘We love you anyway.’” Meet Melinda from Mission Church. Melinda came to Mission on Easter Sunday of 2016 when a friend invited her. What she heard changed her life. She felt truly that there was hope for her. Melinda’s life had grown increasingly troubled as her alcoholism grew. “I almost drank myself out of my career,” she described. The sermons at Mission helped set her on a new path – Melinda listened to them over and over again to remind…

Meet Courtney from Mosaic

Meet Courtney, from Mosaic Christian Church in Baltimore (right, with Louis and Yolandi Scheepers, lead planters of Pro Deo Church in Cape Town, South Africa). After college, Courtney found herself in a toxic relationship and drowning in credit card debt.  She was unhappy, but didn’t know where to turn.  Her sister invited her to Mosaic Christian Church, and Courtney started to attend.  Repeatedly, the sermons were relevant to the issues that she was dealing with that week.  The Biblical messages were providing hope for change. “God would even use the music to speak to my issues.  What I was hearing and learning…

Mike and Jodi Hickerson at Mission Church in Ventura, California have been amazed at how people’s lives are changing as a result of hearing the gospel.