Stories of revival in us, through us, and around us.
... I talked about God's grace, love, desire for relationship, kindness, and abiding presence. He accepts us just as you are. I asked him if he wanted to give his life to Christ. And he said yes!
Jess has been on a journey of making her faith her own and decided to get baptized. She sang a few songs, read her story and was baptized in a beautiful celebration with friends and family.
I feel like I experienced a miracle. So many things happened that worked to save my life that I feel quite convinced that the Lord was in it. I am home after 36 hours in intensive care, and I need no therapy. Everything was reversed after the body of Christ began to pray.
Please let us know of questions you have related to the vision and plans as we move into an exciting season as Revive Church. Submit questions via the button above or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, check back as we update this page in the weeks ahead.
As we have processed the fresh vision for the church, we sensed God inviting us to change our name as a marker of the new aspects of the vision. The name Revive Church is an active, meaningful name that communicates our mission and reflects the big vision of reviving people and places right where we are. We seek to be a reviving presence where we live, work and play, and to transform on our campus in Arvada into a welcoming place that gathers people and serves the vulnerable. The name Revive resonates with the biblical vision in Ezekiel 37 in which God brings energy and life to what had been dry and dead.
(Please see the FAQ video for more on this and other questions.)
On September 20, 2020, Foothills Community Church will become Revive Church.
The name Revive Church emerged during the Vision Framing process of 2019-2020 as something that Pastor Kyle felt reflected the developing vision of the church. The Elders, Board, Vision Framing Team (12 people: men & women, incl. elders, staff and lay leaders) and staff were all able to offer input and affirmed that the name Revive Church reflects the vision and mission of the church in compelling ways.
Our church has always been about serving people in all sorts of situations and walks of life within our local body, which is why we have a range of ministries that serve kids, youth, young adults, women, men, etc.; and why we’ve launched initiatives like Revive Nights to promote spiritual growth for everyone. As we looked at the kinds of things that characterized our outward focus and efforts over the years, we saw recurring themes of serving kids and families in things like our support Haven’s Hope and the Food Bank that help many families led by single parents. We support Packs of Hope that serves kids in the foster care system. We also recognized that many in our church have committed to fostering and adoption of kids coming from situations that made them vulnerable. Some of our key Global Partners serve vulnerable kids and youth—providing education and serving them in other ways. In the future, this focus may lead to ways we can offer affordable childcare or facilitate job creation.
We could just as easily say “vulnerable people,” and perhaps we will often use that term, but since the connection to kids and families was a common element to so much of what we’ve been doing, it has seemed like the expression serving vulnerable families paints a picture of what we’ve been doing for a long time. It is definitely not meant to exclude anyone inside or outside the church, or to draw a boundary. It’s more a matter of trying to capture and describe ways we’ve been serving the vulnerable for decades. (For more on our perspective—and God’s perspective—on the vulnerable, please see our Eyes Wide Open sermon series from July 2020.)
Two amazing(!) donations will allow us to acquire the rest of the shopping center where our campus is located at no cost to the church. The current owner of the rest of the center has offered to sell those units—appraised at over $4 million—for only $1.5 million while making a charitable donation of about $3 million to the church. A very generous anonymous donor who believes in our vision and mission has offered to donate the remaining $1.5 million for the purchase! This shopping center will become “The Bridge.”
The Bridge will be a collaborative of partners, both non-profit and for-profit organizations, bringing the hope of Jesus to vulnerable families in Arvada and beyond. Several professionals are currently working out the legal, financial and management structure of that entity with the best interests of the church in mind. We expect the center to become the location of ministries and non-profit organizations that will serve the community as well as “for-profit/for-purpose” partners that will bring business and income to the center while being like-minded in purpose. We plan to revive the center to turn it into a reviving presence in Arvada, serving the needs of many and bringing people together.
In the coming months, we will be doing some space consolidation so that most or all of the church ministries are located in the main building where the Worship Center is. There are multiple reasons for this. (1) It will be more organized, (2) it will be more unified and (3) we will be better stewards of the space.
For example, this will make the experience for parents and kids (birth-elementary ages) far more friendly, efficient and effective—both more organized and more unified. Parents will be able to check kids in at just one central location on Sundays!
Assessments by our consultants have made it clear that we will still have space for all the ministries to function effectively, even as we become better stewards of the space with which we’ve been blessed. As we consolidate ministries within the main building, that will also free up spaces to become part of The Bridge so that innovative, outward-facing ministry can happen in new ways.
Timelines for relocation of ministries are being developed, with the top priorities being the relocation of Early Childhood and the administrative offices.
Pray. As is always the case, we invite you to pray! Please pray without ceasing for wisdom and for the practical aspects of the implementation of the new church identity and the acquisition and development of The Bridge to go smoothly and well.
Share ideas and connections. If you have gifts, abilities, skills or professional experience that you believe can contribute to this vision, please let us know. Since some of these plans will take time to develop, we ask for your patience in the process, but we would love to hear from you! Emailing email@example.com is one good way to begin. When we are able to field more inquiries about involvement of business and ministry partners in The Bridge, we’ll let you know how those connections can be made with the appropriate parties.
The proceeds from the sale of the parcel of land near Indiana Ave. are designated for paying off the mortgage on the existing church facilities and will provide part of the capital investment needed to implement the Revive vision.
We are engaged in an assessment and planning process that will help us determine how best to use available space throughout the center as we take over the ownership, management and redevelopment of the center and implement plans to consolidate space used directly for church ministries and offices. We plan to give updates as that process progresses.
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