HISTORY

In 2016 our Broadway and Attridge Congregations voted to affirm the launching of our third site in the Silverwood Heights area of the city. Throughout the 2017 year a core group made up from members from both congregations and others began meeting, equipping and praying as the new site began.  On August 15, 2018 Nathan McCorkindale stepped into the Site pastor role giving oversight and direction to this growing site of Forest Grove Community Church.

VISION

The core group is still doing the work of refining our vision. However, we have been given a clear mandate by the other congregations of Forest Grove Community Church to reach out to the places where God is working, but the church has not been traditionally present. To accomplish this, we continue to delay any public worship gathering. Our purpose is not to invite people to church but to be the church in our communities. The North Site Core group does gather in various places and times for the purpose of mutual encouragement, worship, and training one another in obedience and discipleship.

If you want to know more about our vision and values and the process for becoming part of our North Site core group please contact Nathan McCorkindale  (or any of the other member of the North Site core group) for more about how to get involved.

At the last congregational meeting we heard a repeated curiosity about what is happening at North Site. Unlike many church plants, we continue to delay a public corporate gathering.  In part this is because of the Council and Lead Team’s strategic decision to make Small Groups and Missions the primary ministry focus to begin with, and then adding the other two at a later time. However, there is lots that is happening at North Site. What follows is the reflection by one of our members on the ways in which North Site is currently living out Forest Grove’s four ministry areas.

  1. Corporate Worship Gatherings – We meet as a larger congregation to worship through singing, reading of scripture, hear a sermon/devotional, report & rejoice with people’s missional efforts, praise and pray, hold each other accountable, share meals together and generally encourage and enjoy being in the presence of God & other believers. We are praying and discerning when we move to an open (or public) worship gathering.
  2. Family Ministries – On any given Sunday, nearly 50% of our congregation is made up of children 5 years old and under. This emphasises how critical the idea of family ministries, and specifically children`s ministry is & will be for North Site looking forward. As Brian mentioned at the last council meeting, this is a key challenge that is facing Broadway as well. We continue to discuss what this will look like. For now, I would say modeling Christian fellowship for our children to see is the key way the we disciple the children in our context.
  3. Missions – This is the largest topic of conversation at any gathering (small groups or corporately) and is the reason why everyone at North Site has joined. We spend a tremendous amount of time praying into our communities and seeking the Holy Spirits guidance and favor in how we approach missions.
  4. Small Groups – These have only just begun now in November (as for the longest time our Corporate Worship Gathering was essentially also a small group), and each group is discussing important questions such as: How do we engage with our communities? How do we invite people into our small groups on mission? What doors has God opened up for us that we need to engage with? And many more.

Core Group

Peter and Arlene Block

Scott and Maryanne Berge

Jesse and Jaclyn Cressman

Shaun and Victoria Dyck

Heather Enns

Logan and Heidi Foth

Dustin and Laurelle Hamm

Spencer Groenenboom

Nathan and Nicole McCorkindale

Leighton and Carol Tebay

How to Pray For North Site

Pray for North Site core group and Nathan as they seek to flesh out how to best structure themselves to reach their communities

Pray that those in the North Site will find people of peace to help them make inroads in their communities

Pray for open doors to share the gospel and that we will be faithful missionaries and ambassadors of Jesus in all times, places and situations.

Pray that the Core Group will have wisdom and creativity as they look for ways to maximize the use our building. Pray that our building will become a hub for spiritual community and a physical blessing to the Silverwood Heights neighborhood