Where it all started.
Our heart for Kelowna comes out of a personal story. A personal connection that has been there for a lifetime.
Kolby grew up in Kelowna. He spent summers at gyro beach and playing soccer at Parkinson Rec Centre. Kolby grew up downtown Kelowna, and has always felt like this was his home.
As a teenager he moved from Kelowna to Quesnel and heard the gospel for the first time, That God redeems fallen mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus which regenerates individuals through the Holy Spirit and renews all of His creation as He establishes His Kingdom. That moment of hearing the gospel changed everything. It wasn’t about trying to do something or be someone, it was about being free in Christ.
We want to bring that message of Jesus to Kelowna and we are passionate about reaching the city. The city has the potential for human flourishing and human idolatry. We hope to both redeem and restore the culture we live in through the freedom of the gospel, seeing people free from religion, brokenness, addictions, bad relationships, loneliness, and whatever holds us back from that freedom. We believe that free people, free people.
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We are asked all the time – why start a church in Kelowna?
There are 100,000 reasons why.
People who don't know Jesus.
We are passionate about planting a church because we want to be true to the great commission.
Consider these facts:
“1. New Churches Best Reach New Generations, New Residents, and New People Groups
First, younger adults have always been disproportionately found in newer congregations. Long-established congregations develop traditions (such as time of worship, length of service, level of emotional responsiveness, sermon topics, leadership style, emotional atmosphere, and thousands of other tiny customs and mores) that reflect the sensibilities of longtime leaders from the older generations who have the influence and money to control church life. The automatic maintenance of such habits does not reach younger generations effectively.
2. New Churches Best Reach the Unchurched—Period
Dozens of denominational studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60–80 percent) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshiping body, while church- es over ten to fifteen years of age gain 80–90 percent of new members by transfer from other congregations. This means the average new congregation will bring six to eight times more new people into the life of the body of Christ than an older congregation of the same size.”
(Referenced from Redeemer City to City )