Being the Church, Together
Sandals Church began in 1997 when my wife Tammy and I stepped out in faith to start a church with a very clear vision: to be real with ourselves, God and others. The first meeting of Sandals Church was in the living room of our home with eight other people and today we get to live out that vision of authenticity alongside the nearly 7,000 people who join us every week.
As we started out and moved from location to location, there were more points than I can count where I thought we weren’t going to make it. But each step of the way, God continued to bring people our way and lives continued to be changed by this vision of authenticity. In 2010, we moved into our first permanent property in Riverside and in 2012, we launched our first satellite campus in the community of Woodcrest.
In 2015, Sandals Church was approached by Amethyst Bible Church and after much prayer, consideration and discussion Amethyst Bible Church chose to become a part of the Sandals Church family and that church became our second satellite campus: Sandals Church East Valley.
Since the opening of Sandals Church East Valley, we have since seen four more churches become a part of the Sandals Church family with growing success. Our experience has confirmed my thought that there are many churches out there who may be dangerously close to closing their doors – and I’m not ok with that. I believe that the local church is the hope of the world and that we can do far more together than we can on our own. As you consider what may be next for your church, my prayer is that you would be open to whatever God may bring your way.
Pastor Matt Brown
The Story of Sandals Church East Valley
Building a Future, Together
As you take an honest look at where your church is today, is it held with uncertainty or despair? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly 80% of churches across the United States are in decline or find their growth to be stagnant, and it may time to try something different.
If you are uncertain about the future of your church, have you considered what might it look like for your church to become a part of the Sandals Church family? We do not believe we are better than any other church, we simply believe that God is doing incredible things here and that we can go further together than we can by going it alone.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you believe your church can accomplish more for God’s Kingdom by joining together with another church or by staying where you are currently?
- Can the people in your congregation clearly articulate your church’s vision for the future?
- Over the past few years, has your church stalled out or do you see strong growth in a healthy vibrant way?
- Do you believe God is calling you to make a change, whether it be integrating with another church or not?
Regardless of your answers to these questions, we want you to find hope in the fact that Jesus has promised to build his church. We also want you to know that we want to walk beside you in your journey, whether that means coming together or not.
We understand that the prospect of joining with another church is not one to be taken lightly. If you’re interested in considering some options for your future, we would love to talk.
Get in touch with Jon Brown, our Director Multisite Operations