Timeline Of Grace Chapel
With Scott Smith as our lead pastor, we begin with an unexpected 200 people on our 1st Sunday
Boones Ferry Days
We take an active role in Boones Ferry Days, later to become Fun in the Park
Is launched to address our growth
We send out our first missions team to Nicaragua to build medical facilities
Becomes Lead Pastor
With 80% of the congregation involved
Africa New Life
Relationship begins with a trip to Rwanda, an orphanage is built, and over 100 children sponsored
Worship Center Moves
Into our Boeckman location, giving more space for Sunday gatherings
We re-think the Christmas season and how we can impact the world for Christ
Living Water International
Partnership begins. We take 2-3 short term mission trips annually to drill wells. We also provide resources to build 8-10 wells a year
Annual Rummage Sale
Begins with all proceeds going to fight poverty and hunger
Becomes lead pastor
Faith In Real Life
Pastor Mike’s book on our model of community is published
May Justice Reign
Begins. It’s now an annual emphasis on justice in the world
Grace Chapel joins five area churches for seven weeks of gathered prayer for the Portland region
We establish our Rhythms. A set of values and disciplines that guide the focus of our ministries
Heart Of The City
A reimagining of our facilities so we can extend our impact into the community
We begin a twice yearly rhythm of praying around the clock for our church and our community
Church And Office Move
After the Boeckman Road property was purchased, we now hold our Sunday services at Meridian Creek Middle School
New Home Purchased
We had the incredible opportunity to purchase a building in Wilsonville on the I-5 corridor
The Christ- Centered Life:
Jesus declares that dying to self, dying to our agendas, dying to our preferences and ideals, and making Him the center of our lives actually leads to a full, abundant, and meaningful life.
The Spirit-Filled Life:
Instead of our feeble, inadequate, and debilitated striving, Jesus promised the provision of the Holy Spirit. He has provided us with an endless supply of His life being lived through us, and in spite of us, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Community With Others:
As image-bearers of God, humanity was created to live in community. The church is in its greatest expression of love when we live in close proximity with each other as a community that gathers around the person of Jesus. Discipleship happens best in the context of relationships as we invite, invest, and inspire one another.
Prayer & Humility:
Aligning is about creating space in our schedules to meet with God, giving Him permission to search our hearts and minds for any thought, feeling, or motive that is out of alignment with all that He desires for us.
Into The Misery & Margins:
Stepping into the margins is more than awareness or advocacy, its about associating, sharing life, and rescuing those who have been ignored and victimized by this cruel world. We share love in practical ways and share the gospel boldly in order to heal the sick and set the captives free.
All That We Have:
Leveraging all that we have for God’s greater purpose is about realizing that all we have has been entrusted to us by God so we can play a part in his redemptive story for this world and my life.
The Word In & Through Us:
The Bible is more than a how-to, self - help book. Breathing God’s Word is about taking a deep breath and inhaling all that He desires for us to absorb. At the same time, His Word is not intended to just remain in us but that we would exhale and share His message to those around us.
Baptism & Communion:
Being a follower of Jesus means being a part of something bigger than our individual selves. Baptism and communion are sacred experiences that represent both the individual inward commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus and the corporate outward declaration of being connected to a local community of Christ followers—the local church.
Family on Mission:
A family that serves God by being on His mission, changing the lives they touch as well as their own. As families pray together, discuss God’s Word together, serve together and love a broken world together it empowers them to live out their faith side-by-side.
Glorifying & Enjoying God:
Worship is a lifestyle that permeates every aspect of our lives. Worship is seen in how we manage our money, how we run our businesses, how we parent our kids, how we respond to people, and how we manage our dreams and ambitions. The heart of worship is a heart that seeks God’s presence and enjoys God for who He is and all that He has done for us.
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