In the fall of 2011 God gave our Pastor the vision for Church 3.0. Along with the name and casual environment (with tables, chairs and couches) God also showed him the building and location, with the directive to locate on Main Street in Westminster. After some initial struggles to accomplish this, we were able to sign a lease for our current space and build it out. Our first service was on Easter Sunday of 2012, and God’s favor has been with us since that first service.
When most churches are started, as they grow, the traditional path is to relocate to a larger space, with the intent to eventually build their own building. Once again, the vision God gave our Pastor was a non-traditional way, in that we plan to remain on Main Street in Westminster. Instead of growing into a bigger building, our growth is to simply move to multiple meetings times. This accomplishes several goals:
- Allows us to remain in the heart of Westminster, ministering to the community!
- Keeps the meetings smaller and intimate.
- Allows us to focus our finances in helping the local community, and missions abroad; instead of the pressure to raise money for a building.
The second part of the vision given to our Pastor was to be more than just a Church, but to become a ministry center of healing and deliverance. As recorded in Luke, Jesus in the synagogue of His boyhood home of Nazareth read the prophecy of Isaiah concerning Himself.
Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
And so the second part of the vision is to continue the work of Jesus by ministering in the Spirit to the pain people are experiencing through healing and deliverance.
Our purpose at Church 3.0 is NOT to build a Church; it is to minister to people!