Our Core Purpose:
- Transformation in Jesus Christ
- To be a covenant community that loves God, disciples one another and reaches out from the river to the ends of the earth.
What We Believe
We believe in God as eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created and sustains the universe. The eternal purpose of God the Father is to create a people who will bring glory to God forever. God alone is worthy of worship.
We believe that God became human in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to restore the world because humans have rejected God in disobedience. Jesus taught and modeled the way of God’s kingdom. He died on the cross, making it possible for us to accept a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the dead, broke the power of sin and death, and frees us to live in obedience to God’s will.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit invites all people to be reconciled with God and to join the global family of faith. Believers confess their faith, are baptized, and join in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and guided by the Bible, members of the church seek to live as followers of Christ and invite others to experience this new life.
As Christians we look forward to the day when God will once again send Jesus to bring all things under God’s eternal rule.
Click HERE for the complete Confession of Faith
Multiplication through Multi-Site
In 2010, the Forest Grove Community Church congregation discerned that we would embrace multi-site as a strategy for ministry in Saskatoon. Multi-site means that we are one church that has multiple congregations who meet in various locations. Our approach is that each congregation has inter-generational gathering, on-site teaching (rather than video-venue), open community, and celebration of communion and baptism. Our intent is that each congregation is significantly different than the others.
In 2010 we initiated our second congregation in the Broadway area of our city. In 2016 we affirmed the launch of our third site in the Silverwood Heights area of the city. We plan to continue to add congregations as we grow in this important multiplying ministry.
Reasons We Moved to Multi-site
- Multi-site is not the the ultimate purpose – transformation in Christ is! We want to evaluate all our ministry in light of this principle.
- The multi-site model heightens creativity and innovation by giving FGCC an opportunity to extend into a diversity of places in our city, learning and speaking different kinds of languages as we go. These languages are often about simply how we communicate the timeless truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Multi-site brings together the best aspects of large churches and smaller churches.
- Multi-site enables untapped gifts and talents to emerge and be used because of the number of congregations.
- Different congregations are often made up of people not previously connected with any church.
- Multi-site has the potential to bring spiritual renewal to all FGCC congregations.
- Multi-site reminds us that we are part of a larger Kingdom mission.
Some Frequently Asked Questions about multi-site
What is multi-site? A multi-site church is one church with multiple congregations meeting in multiple locations sharing the same vision, having a shared budget, a shared staff and a shared leadership team.
Why multi-site? Multi-site is a form of church multiplication. For FGCC, the intent is that each congregation is distinct and significantly different from the others. This stretches and challenges us to speak more languages and learn other cultures right here in our city. It helps connect with more people who might not connect with only one way of doing church. It also feels like risk taking obedience that God is calling us to take. These are just some of the many reasons we have moved in this direction.
Why not simply plant a church? Traditional church planting is significantly more complicated than multi-site. A new church plant requires distinct staffing and infrastructure like office space and equipment. This makes a typical church plant much more expensive. New church plants are also often expected to become financially self sufficient in a few years. This can jeopardize a focus on mission. Our approach to multi-site involves sharing resources like staff and office. Site pastors have the benefit of being connected to an established leadership team. Site pastors also receive regular coaching and other kinds of support.
How does multi-site affect church finances? There are expenses associated each time we begin a new congregation, but the financial risk and actual costs are lower than some other options, like a typical church plant. Further, as members of new congregations are faithful in giving, our overall finances may actually grow.
Is the sermon and speaker the same at each location? The sermon content is often similar at each location, but the speaker is different. This helps us keep a sense of unity in our teaching between sites. We do not use video or other kinds of technological means of sermon delivery.
How many sites will we have? We don’t have any limit on number of sites. The number will be based on how we feel God leading us.
Affiliations and Strategic Partnerships
- Forest Grove Community Church is a Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Church and a member of the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. You can also read the most recent SKMB newsletter here.
- As part of our affiliation with the Mennonite Brethren Conference, Forest Grove Community Church also works in affiliation with MB Mission, MB Seminary, the C2C Network, and L2L Leadership Development.
- Our connection with the Mennonite Brethren Conference has led Forest Grove Community Church forming strategic partnership with Redberry Bible Camp, located on Redberry Lake approximately 90km North East of Saskatoon.
- Forest Grove Community Church has also formed a strategic partnership with The Bridge on 20th. The Bridge exists to bring people together, unified by God’s Holy Spirit, to meet needs within Saskatoon’s inner city, so that ALL would be changed.