After Grand Opening The Adventure Church Aims at 24/7 Ministry in Greeley
The new sanctuary of The Adventure Seventh-day Adventist Church in Greeley was bursting at the seams when its grand opening ceremony attracted hundreds of visitors and members on June 6. A comment by one church member, Eric Stenbakken, expressed his excitement that “all spaces at the parking lot taken, and 20 more cars were parked on the grass.”
In his opening welcome, Mitch Williams, lead pastor of the church, made the congregation feel proud of their accomplishment in “bringing the church from 17 years in the wilderness,” as he termed the period of moving the congregation from one venue to another since its beginnings as a church plant in 1998.
Since its early days as just a handful of believers, more than 200 church members have been baptized through outreach events, forming a congregation of over 300 today. Additional members came from two other localities in Ft. Collins and Loveland. Now, the congregation turns a new page in its young history. Today, “this is the home of the Adventure church,” Williams declared. A dream of permanent home was fulfilled on June 6.
“Beginning today, as owners of our own church, we will no longer have to worry about vacating the premises because our landlord needed the building,” he explained. The Adventure church was no stranger to their new sanctuary as they rented it a number of years ago from The Nazarene Church. Several months ago, the church building was offered for sale. The final issue was to raise funds that would make the Greeley congregation set a date for their grand opening, and move from the rented facility in Windsor.
Like their name, the mission of The Adventure was different by design from the start, Williams explained. The church took very seriously the Great Commission of making Northern Colorado its mission field. Their mission is guided by four principles: (1) to be a safe place to invite friends and family to grow in Jesus; (2) to use creative evangelism to reach un-churched and nominal Christians; (3) to create community and spiritual growth through small groups; and (4) to remain conservative in doctrine yet liberal in methodology.
Williams referred to a “unique DNA” which The Adventure retained through the years. “People come to The Adventure because they don’t feel judged, or condemned, or isolated,” he said. “They come because someone has invited them, and they stay because they felt loved and met Jesus in worship experience. They grow as they learn more about Jesus which leads to sharing him.”
In the new church building, the growing congregation sees itself “doing ministry every day of the week, 24/7,” Williams declared.
The Adventure Grand Opening celebrations included a baptism of two new church members. Several representatives of the Rocky Mountain Conference participated in the celebration. George Crumley, vice president for finance, congratulated the church for their stewardship and accomplishment. Barbara Parrott, a recently appointed property and trust director for RMC, said it was her first official task to help them purchase the property. Craig Carr, ministerial director of RMC, offered a dedication prayer in conclusion of a very special high Sabbath in Greeley. [Rajmund Dabrowski; photo credit: Rajmund Dabowski]