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The Local Church is a gathering of people who want to follow Jesus in a tangible way

We seek to be transformed by the Scriptures, love and serve the people in Grand Rapids. Our hope is modeled after Jesus' prayer, that God's will would be done in Grand Rapids as it is in Heaven. We are a church for the city. We believe the church isn't a building, but a people in a place, working and living out the Gospel each day in our lives, in our city. We gather together to open the Scriptures, pray, worship, listen to the  Spirit, and experience the presence of God. It is our desire to make the Kingdom accessible to our families, friends, neighbors and entire city.

We believe Jesus changes everything.  We are people committed to living out His teachings in the world. We seek to spend our strength on others and to take risks to see the Kingdom expand because we believe there is hope and life in Jesus for everyone. We're not perfect and we don’t have everything figured out, but that won’t stop us from humbly holding up the Bread of Life to a hungry world. One beggar, showing another where to find food.

We are a new church in the city, and we meet at 1601 Galbraith Ave SE Suite 304 Grand Rapids, MI 49546 on Sundays at 9 & 11 AM. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, with whatever you carry, we are for you. When you’re here, you’re Local.

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With God (Up)

We are committed to developing personal and corporate habits to form a growing relationship with God. We engage with formation practices that teach us how to know and love God with an emphasis on prayer, the Bible and other spiritual practices that help us discern the plans and purposes of God for our lives.

• Corporate Expression: Gathering to experience His presence weekly through prayer, praise, the word and the sacraments.
• Personal Expression: Growing in our relationship with God through reading, reflecting and responding to Scripture, prayer and spiritual practices that help us engage with Him for the purpose of knowing and living in His love.

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In Community (In)

We emphasize living life as one faith family in the all-together—worship services—and the small together—local groups. True community always involves courage, authenticity and humility.

• Corporate Expression: Gathering together as part of this church to help each other live out the three aspects of Biblical community: care, challenge and celebration.
• Personal Expression: A Willingness to participate in a small(er) group with courage, authenticity and humility where the three aspects of Biblical community (care, challenge and celebration) can happen more intentionally.

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On Mission (Out)

We pursue opportunities to holistically care for the needs of our world. As a local expression of the universal Church we are called to actively participate in the mission of God. Just as Christ left Heaven to spend his strength on us, we intend to spend our strength on others. We believe God measures His church not by how many we seat but by how many we send.

• Corporate Expression: To expand the Kingdom of God by developing leaders in all spheres to help plant disciple making churches in culture creating cities.
• Personal Expression: To identify the specific ways that God is calling you to spend your strength on others and begin to take steps to act in obedience to that call.

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Amplify Hope + Life to all

If you have never heard the story of Jesus, or of how he brings hope and life to us all, please click here to get in touch with us. We would love to have a personal conversation with you – no strings or gimmicks attached.