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.

At our Five Forks campus, 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.

We will begin worshiping in the Scuffletown area on March 13, 2022, with the addition of Advent Scuffletown. Advent Scuffletown is a community of people seeking to grow in our faith and serve others as we strive to be a part of how God is transforming the world. We hope this will be a place that people of all ages can call home. Learn More About Advent Scuffletown

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.

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do GREATER things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12 (NRSV)

The primary goal of the Greater Initiative is to help all of us in our growth as disciples by taking a step in financial generosity so that we might experience the Greater things God has for us. Our hope is that everyone will take their next faith step in financial giving by placing trust in God through extravagant generosity. Sharing God’s gifts enables our church to expand ministry impact to accomplish Greater things than we could ever imagine. Check out the video from Pastor Michael to learn more about Greater and how you can take a step in discipleship.