Reach the Un-Churched.
We asked, "Why are you not actively practicing your religion?" and got these responses: "Sermons are boring and do not relate to everyday life." "Church people are unfriendly." "I don't like the music." "They only want my money." "I don't want to dress up." "I am unsure of the childcare there."
We decided to do things differently by removing these obstacles. We wanted a church where people could come as they are, feel wanted there, see people who are real and serious about their faith, and be comfortable enough to examine the claims of Christianity. Many people who were not going to church at all are coming to find joy, meaning, purpose, answers and friendships at Harvest.
We believe Harvest will play a major role in reaching the 21,000 in our area who are not practicing their religion!
Be small group based.
Jesus said that we are known as His disciples when we love each other (John 13:35). Small groups give us the opportunity to live Christianity in close relationship with other believers.
Provide authentic worship.
We want to experience God's presence at church! Christianity is first and foremost a relationship with God. More than just attending a "worship service", we believe worship involves a personal exchange with Him. Worship is a verb, not a noun. As we give Him worship and praise from our hearts, He begins to reveal Himself to us and we are transformed. At Harvest we seek to accomplish this through contemporary worship accompanied by a band, as well as through other expressions of worship.
As a church we tithe 10% of our income to other ministries in our area, in our country and throughout the world.
We are committed to doing whatever it takes to keep reaching people for the Kingdom of God.
We want to make an impact on our denomination and other churches.