Meet the Team
Nathan & Mara Hazekamp
Jeff & Julie Eayrs
Bret & Colleen Taylor
Matt & Dixie Turner
Our Core Values
Stewarding God's Presence
Belonging to a Family
Making Followers of Jesus
Living in a Culture of Honor
Our Vision & Mission
VISION - One Family. Full of Joy. Spreading Hope. Restoring the World.
MISSION - We Love. We Go.
Hosting His Presence
Walking humbly with Him
Obeying His commands
Yielding to His leadership
Our Neighbor by:
Responding with kindness
Stopping for the one
Praying with faith
Showing great mercy
Filling practical needs
Welcoming people in
Matt 22:37-40 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Laws and the Prophets.
To find People of Peace (Lk 10:1-9)
To our friends & coworkers
To the hurting
To the places people gather
To the Nations
To the person across the street
To make followers of Jesus
Matt 28:19 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
“We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.”
Every community has a story. Ours began as a prophetic word given to Ben & Carolea on October 21st, 2005. Seven years later, on the anniversary of that word, the church was born. With a passion for New Testament Christianity, we noticed 5 key ingredients from Acts 2:42-47 which we incorporated into our services: apostolic teaching, food, fellowship, prayer and presence-based worship. Over the years, our understanding and application has changed but our passion has not. We’ve become more missional and we’ve relentlessly striven to find a church model which looks like the book of Acts. But like much of the Body of Christ, we struggled to find it. This brought us to a crisis of decision in October, 2020.
The 20/20 Model — Gathered & Scattered
In the context of a global pandemic and after a series of “God-incidents” we asked ourselves what (if anything) are we supposed to learn from Covid-19? We noticed that the Global Church is growing the fastest in areas of persecution (such as China and Iran). To our knowledge this growth has not been hindered by Covid-19 whereas the Western Church has been upended. Our public gatherings have been hampered or in some cases halted completely. We’ve struggled to move everything online. Our momentum, our programs and our outreaches have all been impacted — often drastically. This is on top of the decline which has prevailed in the Western Church for decades. Few would argue, it’s time for revival! But we asked ourselves, is it also time for structural change? Is it time for a new wineskin? If a virus can do this to us, what would persecution achieve? Could we withstand persecution and prevail as the early church did? And if God graciously poured out His Spirit upon the earth, resulting in a great harvest of souls, how would we disciple those masses? The Persecuted Church would likely continue doing what it’s doing now — making disciples in House Churches (only faster). We decided we needed a new wineskin — one that facilitates discipleship and can produce leaders quickly.
It was in this context the Lord took us to Acts 20:20 and pointed out that the Apostle Paul built the Church in Ephesus on a balanced rhythm of gathering publicly and house to house. We realized that the elders he gathered at Miletus were the house church pastors of the city-wide church in Ephesus. We noticed in the Gospels that Jesus ministered publicly (on a mountain, by the shores of Galilee, in synagogues, and in the Temple) and also in homes (Peter & Andrew, Matthew, Zaccheus, Mary & Martha, and many others). We noticed the early church was birthed and continued to grow following the same pattern (Acts 2:46 and 5:42). We sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to us as if to say, “I birthed the Church in a house (not Synagogue or Temple) for a reason.” We suspect it has something to do with being spiritual family. Instead of seeing “church” as public gatherings on Sunday mornings with home groups added on, we experienced a paradigm shift. We began to see “church” scattered in houses as being of equal value with “church” gathered publicly together.
With this in mind, we decided to change our structure. This is not a reaction to something we don’t like about the “institutional church”. Rather it is a pro-action to partner with the Holy Spirit to see multitudes become followers of Jesus regardless of what is happening in the world around us. We believe in leadership. We believe in organization and will remain organized as we go. We love and believe in every expression of the Body of Christ. In making this change, we do not think we have “arrived”. We don’t know what to expect. We don’t know the magnitude of the challenges we’ll face. We don’t know how well it will work. We’re confident we’ll make lots of mistakes. But we believe we hear Jesus calling us to step out of the boat. So we are — humbly and with some trepidation. As of January 2021, we now meet publicly at Flathead High School on the 1st Sunday of the month and in House Churches for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays. Come Lord Jesus!
Gathered Church — 10:00am, 1st Sundays
FHS Auditorium — 644 4th Ave W, Kalispell
Scattered Church — 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays
Mail: PO Box 1778, Bigfork, MT 59911