WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE'RE GOING

Growing into a large, vibrant congregation from a variety of faith backgrounds

Advent was chartered in 1987 in preparation for the anticipated growth in the Five Forks area. As our zip code has grown, so have we, and thirty years later we are a large, vibrant congregation from a variety of faith backgrounds.

At Advent, we like to say that our mission is fishing, which is our shorthand way of saying our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Discipleship is a journey of growing in love for God and love for others, and that is what we seek to do as individuals and a congregation.

We hope this website will give you a sense of who we are, but the very best way to get to know any congregation is to check us out in action. The best place to start is one of our worship services. Because we believe that worship is the heartbeat of the Church, we are committed to offering God our very best in worship.

And our very best happens to be in three different services. We are committed to excellence in two different styles of worship: Traditional and Contemporary. Traditional services have a more formal feel, and the music features the organ, piano, and choirs. Contemporary services have a more relaxed feel, and the music features a band and occasionally a praise choir.

Gather in Worship – Grow in Groups –  Go in Service
Our Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.

Advent Beliefs

We have a set of overarching beliefs we use to guide us in our faith. But we are welcoming of all into our church community and you do not have to believe all the statements below to be a part of our community.

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We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We affirm that God is known and experienced as the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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We believe that Jesus is the incarnation, the very embodiment of God’s loving presence and power. We maintain that Christ is both fully human and fully divine. We affirm Christ’s saving work on the cross and that through his life, death and resurrection “God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

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We believe the Holy Spirit works within personal experience and in the life of the Christian community to make God’s redemptive love a tangible reality in our lives and in the world.

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We believe the Bible is God’s written Word that reveals the character of God. We believe that it contains the truth about God, about life, and about the relationship between God and all of creation.

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We believe that Grace is the undeserved, unearned gift of the God who loves us enough to meet us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there. Grace is the love of God at work within us to transform each of our lives into a unique expression of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ so that we become participants in God’s transformation of the world.

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We believe that the Church is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is the Body of Christ which worships, serves, and lives the life of faith together. The Church is the community that is called to live now as if God’s future has already come.

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We believe that the Kingdom of God is both a present reality and a future hope. God’s kingdom is breaking in upon the world bringing peace and justice, compassion and hope, and the fulfillment of all God’s purposes. Wherever God’s power is, there too is God’s Kingdom.

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We believe that Baptism and Holy Communion are sacraments, activities where God chooses to meet us. Baptism is like initiation into the Church and the journey of faith. We baptize by sprinkling, pouring, and immersing because we believe that what God is doing in baptism is more important than the amount of water used. We accept and honor the baptism of all other Christian denominations. We believe that God meets us at the Communion Table, and we feast on God’s grace in the bread and wine so that we can be the hands and feet of Christ to the world.

“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6

The NEXT Initiative is our two-year stewardship and generosity initiative that will help us fund mission, ministry, and congregational growth over the next two years. During the last thirty years, God has worked in incredible ways through our congregation, and we are excited about what the future holds for us.

The primary goal of the NEXT Initiative is to help all of us grow as disciples. When we are challenged in our faith and our discipleship, our eyes are more open to what God wants to do in us. Our hope is that everyone will be challenged as disciples by taking their next step in financial generosity, fostering personal spiritual growth, and expanding our ability as a congregation to make disciples for the transformation of the world.

While some of the gifts we receive will be used to fund our expenses for our campus expansion, the NEXT Initiative is not about a building. The building will create space for many more people to come through our doors and make Advent home and that will help us make more disciples, but it is just one piece in our larger vision for making disciples.

Your giving will also allow us to fund all of the other missions and ministries of the church, and enable us to dream big dreams as we discern where God is leading us next.

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