Hopes and dreams for Irvine, Orange County, SoCal and beyond
We want to see Jesus changing people to live for him everyday by starting new churches.
WHY WE EXIST
Center Church exists to make everyday disciples.
“We make everyday disciples by following up and following through our confession of faith in the Lord Jesus.”
“We make everyday disciples by doing life together and taking care of the family by getting things done.”
“We make everyday disciples by cultivating friendship with everyday people.”
WHY START A NEW CHURCH?
Irvine is churched and couched in safety and security of Jesus look-alikes. People are more like the older, responsible son than the younger, rebellious son in Luke 15. Jesus is somewhere in their life and their schedules but is not the center where everything is connected. Simply, Jesus is hidden.
We want to see Christians freely, actively, creatively, and constructively seek the good in their relationships, in their tasks, in their spheres of influence, and in their cities. (James Hunter, “To Change the World,” p. 286)
Church planting is not only for frontier regions or pagan societies that we are trying to help to become Christian. Churched societies will have to maintain vigorous, extensive church planting simply to stay Christian.
Tim Keller, Center Church, p. 362
We want to see everyday disciples locally committed to seek the prosperity and peace of our community and globally connected to seek the prosperity and peace of our world as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7 ESV)
WHERE IS JESUS?
- A Search for Identity
Irvine is an edge-city that boasts the best of both worlds:
urban living without the crimes and rural living without the crowd.
The Irvine Company – http://www.irvinecompany.com/
Villages of Irvine – http://www.villagesofirvine.com/
- A Search for Intimacy
Irvine ranked within top ten in three categories of internet search word (Internet Pornography Statistics)
– Keyword “porn” – Irvine ranked 6th in US cities
– Keyword “xxx” – Irvine ranked 4th in US cities
– Keyword “sex” – Irvine ranked 9th in US cities
- A Search for Image
Irvine ranked #1 as the most fashionable city in the US. The households in Irvine had spent
money at least four times at top-end designer merchants in the last 30 months.
- A Search for Community
Orange County has one of the highest divorce rates in the US. 70-72 percent of the county’s
first-time marriage go bust.