Multisite – Mount Dora – Multiplication
The more we sit in the midst of a changing world, the more we recognize the need for our churches to change. Now don’t hear what I am not saying. The church will always be the church. We are not talking about doctrinal changes. We are not talking about changing the gospel. And we are not talking about watering down the truths of scripture that we hold on to so tightly, in order to accommodate the concessions that the world is begging the church to make. There will and should always be the strongholds that scripture mandates. However, the way we approach what the church is supposed to be can look very different, and has even already moved in these new directions.
Journey has been a multisite church for 3 ½ years now. The vision and goal of this strategy was for us to be able to reach out into our respective communities and share the love of Christ, right where we live. God led us to Mount Dora and we couldn’t be happier. We worship each and every weekend live, with a video based message from our Apopka campus, full children’s ministry, recently launched student ministry, and a whole host of people who are ready and willing to serve wherever they are needed. We even set it all up and tear it all down. These folks are pretty amazing. This community has embraced us and we have been on quite a roller-coaster ride since. We started in the local high school and at one point had to move all of our Next Gen ministry to the other side of the campus, and then almost two years ago He brought us to our current facility at the Seventh Day Adventist church. And all throughout, God has continued to grow our congregation in Lake County. And this coming August 6th, we move into yet another new endeavor at our campus as we roll out two services (9:30 and 11:15am, to mirror our Apopka campus). We are excited to see what God will do in the midst of this.
In a season of quite a few changes, we continue to recognize that God’s plans are always way bigger than what we could have ever hoped for or imagined. We see new partnerships coming up on a regular basis, such as the Henderson House (an adult assisted-living facility) or the Open Door (homeless shelter). We have partnered every month with a local food pantry (Lake Cares) as we bring in food items and share those with our community. And all of these ministries are started and headed by some incredible people who just want to share God’s grace and mercy around them. That’s the goal. That’s the vision. That’s the reason why we do what we do.
And we are Loving the Journey in Mount Dora, and look forward to wherever God would lead us as we follow Him on this Kingdom building, multisite adventure.