Love God // Love People
SURFchurch exists to be a catalyst of transformation through
interactive relational development with Jesus Christ.
People don’t like church because it’s boring, irrelevant, full of hypocrites, makes them feel like a project instead of a person. Based on past studies of those who avoid Christian churches, one of the driving forces behind such behavior is the painful experiences endured within the local church context. In fact, one study among unchurched adults shows that nearly four out of every ten non-churchgoing Americans said they avoid churches because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people.
We’re doing life together relationally by loving God, loving people, and serving the world. Without entertaining fluff, or hyper religious clutter we’re keeping the reality of a relationship with Christ authentic.
“The world is waiting to hear an authentic voice, a voice from God—not an echo of what others are doing and saying, but an authentic voice.”- A.W. Tozer
Would you believe we started out as a local college ministry? It’s true. Way back when this all began Matt & Sherry had (and still have) a huge heart for local college students. They realized that their home was smack dab in the middle of 15 colleges within a 50 mile radius. They added it up to be over 30,000 college students in that area. They set out to love every one of them, one at a time, relationally with the love of Christ. They’re still SURFing toward that goal today, and hope that you will come along for the ride…
SURF (Students Ultimate Relational Fusion) was launched July 10,2009 as a ministry to reach local college students, and young adults with the reality of a relationship of Jesus Christ. Students and young adults from all over the area converged together to start a movement. Relationships were formed beyond school, and cultural lines. They worshiped together, served together, and began to do life together. It continues to grow relationally, and most importantly a generation is growing in the reality of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Out of that movement the “SURFers” wanted to reach other generations relationally, while at that same time in our brief history there were other generations praying about SURF becoming a church for a year. Led by prayer, and a movement of God, SURF held it’s first multi-generational sunday morning service Feb. 27, 2011. A legacy had begun and SURFchurch held it’s official first service as a church on April 24, 2011.
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