I’ve been inspired recently in reading a work by the early Christian writer, Mark Felix. In one respect, I was surprised to see how little society changes. As we age, many of us in conservative Christian circles tend to bemoan the downward spiral of moral depravity which seems to be more and more commonplace. Yet, when one looks carefully at the annals of history and cultures past, it is easy to agree with Ecclesiastes 1:9 which states “there is nothing new under the sun.” Read More
Will we be denied the right to teach our children the greatest commandment?
If you were going to teach your children one commandment from all of scripture, what would you teach them? In Matthew 22:36-38, a Pharisee once asked Jesus the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responds with these words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Read More
How does a family integrated church minister to youth or young adult singles who don’t have believing families or any family at all?
The modern church creates programs to reach a variety of sub groups, such as youth groups and singles ministries. In a family integrated church model, these types of programs are non-existent so it is imperative to address the issue of how to minister to people who don’t attend with their family. Read More
Wellsprings Church is a family integrated church that is now starting its fourth year and every year we have been in existence we have seen a steady growth of families committing to our fellowship. Of those that have come, especially in the past couple of years, nearly all have come from other churches. Because of this, it would be easy for us to become the target of the negative criticism that our church has grown simply by attracting people from other churches. Read More
This is a question we receive periodically from folks considering attendance at Wellsprings Church or from other organizations/ministers/pastors within the community. To which, we respond “there is no pastor” – yes, imagine the puzzled looks we have received. “No pastor? But who leads the church? Who teaches?” To that, we simply reply “the elders”. In our pursuit to measure all that we do against God’s Word, we have found ourselves in a leadership model that is quite unique and contrary to mainstream churches.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT at Wellsprings Church!
Wellsprings Church will be showing the movie Divided: Is Age Segregated Ministry Multiplying or Dividing the Church as the next installment of our ongoing FAMILY NIGHT movie series.
ABOUT THE FILM: Divided is a movie about one crisis the church faces today. Christian youth are rapidly leaving evangelical churches for the world. This well-recognized disaster has been the topic of significant discussion in recent years for both church leaders and modern news media. DIVIDED follows young Christian filmmaker Philip LeClerc on a revealing journey as he seeks answers to what has led his generation away from the church.
Traveling across the country conducting research and interviewing church kids, youth ministry experts, evangelists, statisticians, social commentators, and pastors, Philip discovers the shockingly sinister roots of modern, age-segregated church programs, and equally shocking evidence that the pattern in the Bible for training future generations is at odds with modern church practices. He also discovers a growing number of churches that are abandoning age-segregated Sunday school and youth ministry to embrace the discipleship model that God prescribes in His Word.
WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2011. 5pm FREE Pizza. 6pm Movie.
WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Charter School, 1209 Adam Smith Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605
WHY: Wellsprings is a family integrated church dedicated to building the kingdom through strong families. We feel that the issue of the biblical discipleship of children and age segregation plays an important role in this vision.
HOW: RSVP to email@example.com by 2/18/2011.
COST: Did we mention, it’s FREE! Please RSVP so that we may have an accurate count for seating and pizza.
Our teaching theme for 2011 is: “A PEOPLE PREPARED.” The biblical concept behind this theme is found in Luke 1:17.
“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
While Luke obviously makes reference to the ministry of John the Baptist here, the Elders have chosen this passage to reflect the vision for Wellsprings Church for the coming year of 2011, on several different levels. Over the last several years, we have been repeatedly made aware of our country’s efforts to be prepared in case of another terrorist attack thanks to postings and alerts from Homeland Security. Many people take natural precautions and prepare themselves for emergencies (via first aid kits, membership in AAA, stocking the pantry with extra food or water, gun ownership, self-defense courses, etc). But for Christians, while these things may be prudent, they are secondary to spiritual preparation. Are you prepared? Here are 4 questions that I would propose for your consideration:
There once was a man who built a house for himself. He meticulously crafted every aspect, every detail he thought out, every element and color chosen to be a reflection of himself.
And it was a beautiful home.
Not long after though, his job required him to travel for an unspecified, but extended period of time. To ensure that his home was well cared for, he went looking for a tenant. He found another man who was, by trade, a skilled handy man, someone who he felt could manage the home and care for any needs that might arise. They struck a deal. In exchange for free rent, the man would take care of the home. He would be given whatever resources would be necessary to keep the home in the owner’s desired condition.
Then the owner left. Read More
Wellsprings Church located in Caldwell, Idaho is proud to announce that it will be hosting a Creation Seminar featuring Dr. Jonathan Sarfati from Creation Ministries International that is sure to be an educational, inspirational and biblically-based event for the whole family!
See below for a video preview of what’s to come and event details!
When: Saturday December 12, 2010 @ 6pm MST
Where: Wellsprings Church is hosting this event at the Thomas Jefferson Charter School, 1209 Adam Smith Dr in Caldwell, ID (click for directions)
WHY: Wellsprings is a family integrated church dedicated to building the kingdom through strong families. We feel that biblically accurate teaching about Creation plays an important role in achieving this vision by helping to educate families about the truth of scripture and the dangers and deceptions of Darwin’s theory of evolution.