A New Generation of Church
A Church That Smokes, Drinks, and says Curse words???
I grew up going to church off and on most of my life but it was always segregated from my real life. Church was more of a social gathering or something to check off of my list of “to-do’s”. I’m thankful for the exposure I had, but honestly for most people church is primarily social…especially the society in which we live. Some people have trouble looking for something beyond a shallow surface desire. I admit Ive been there at times. There are not many other convenient social gathering venues in my neighborhood so people just go to church. Everyone says they have a church or have gone to church but Im realizing in most cases that’s a bunch of fluff. It’s really not true…once or twice a month attendance is not actively a part of the congregation by any means. Unless of course your job prohibits it.
To me and my wife, we’d rather not go to church unless it’s something that actually makes a larger impact on our lives and our boys lives. For us its more than a feel good gathering on Sundays. I get bored easily so without a greater draw, my mind wanders quickly. Celebrity Christian speakers and amazing concert-like worship gatherings are great, but I lose interest in time. We have other friends and social gatherings we can go to. So, if church is just that, I’d rather sleep in on Sunday’s, wake up and go play golf. But for us, church is essential. It is essential because we have seen The Pathway Church vision literally make a direct impact on our immediate society and in our sons lives. My oldest boy is three and he knows that Jesus loves people beyond the four walls of a building. He knows it because he has witnessed it first hand. He sees church as a group of people who serve, not as a place/location, or some kind of steepled building. That’s really what the church in the Bible looks like anyway…the church buildings we see do not always represent a Biblical model of church. My son Beau loves the church! Sometimes he even refers to himself as the “pastor of The Pathway Church”! For us it’s a church for a new generation. We are not static, we are fluid.
“If the Holy Spirit were removed from the early church in the Book of Acts 90% of what they did would stop/seize to exist. If however the Holy Spirit were removed from the churches in America today 90% of what they did would continue on.” -AW Tozer
Some Eye Popping Re-search from Barna Group:
80-85% of Americas churches are plateaued or declining in growth
Only 4% of those dying churches reproduce themselves by starting new churches
Change the World
We do not have plans or a vision to build a building, we’d rather focus our efforts on changing the world. A permanent building will likely come, but it will be only out of absolute necessity. Some people can’t understand that but we are ok with that and have patience in explaining the topic. The city of Houston is the 4th largest city in the nation and the largest land massed city. It just passed New York City as the most multi national city in the U.S. with over 300 different people groups represented and at least that many languages spoken. It’s among the nations leaders in human sex and drug trafficking. Not to mention the gang activity, and two of the nations most dangerous neighborhoods, one of them a hop-skip-jump from my home. With worldwide fortune 100 and 500 companies moving their locations to the Houston skyline, and growing at a population of 2500 people per week…I’d say if you want to change the world, reach Houston! We are focused on that.
Authenticity for a New Generation
Statistics show that 20 and 30 somethings are more concerned with authenticity than anything. We ruthlessly pursue truthfulness and authenticity. We are thinkers and dreamers…many of us are smart educated folks who can see passed the fluff. If I have learned one thing in my life, Ive learned that talk is cheap. A lot of organizations including churches have mastered the art of bait and switch. They have mastered the art of selling an image with an ulterior motive. A beautiful building and brilliant marketing only guarantees two things about a church…they have great grounds keepers, and smart marketing guru’s. That may be a notch on someone’s belt but I’d rather quit ministry than have those two items consume me. Yes, I want you to come to my church. And, yes I want you to financially contribute to my church because I believe in our vision. It is effectively working. We need money and resources to do what we do. But I’m not willing to compromise integrity and depth to win the masses. The early church literally changed the culture beginning with a few authentic believers that eventually turned into masses. If it works that way for us, Im good with that. We make our budgets very public, always remain open to questions, and spend money very conservatively. I understand Im talking blanket ideas that do not represent every church (I know many great leaders and church organizations), but their is a reason that our society has lost trust in an institution that should be society’s most trusted institution.
We are not perfect by any means
So The Pathway Church is not perfect, nor will we every be, but I can say with integrity we’ll always be honest with you. I am not a perfect pastor, nor does a perfect pastor exist, but I can promise I will love you with the help of my Savior Jesus. I know some people want a pastor that presents himself as having it all together so as to be an example…that’s one way of thinking in leadership. But I know too many pastors, like really know them. So I’d just assume be myself all the time. In so many ways we are a church focused on a new generation of people. It’s a church that takes the shape of a younger “church skeptical” “de-churched” generation. Notice I didn’t say “church jaded”…we are not angry ex-church attenders, but rather de-churched and un-churched folks who want to be a part of something real and bigger than ourselves. People that come to our church are smokers, drinkers, and they sometimes say cuss words in church. We are rough around the edges, but we are real. We are a driven people, a deep thinking people, and a motivated people. We may not be the finely tuned type, but we have been touched by the Spirit of God and HE is working all things together for good in our lives. He is growing us in His Word, and moving us to mission, and spiritual transformation. We are growing followers of Jesus who believe the bible and teach the bible. We believe church should feel like a party, and we work incredibly hard to make our guests feel welcome.
God continues His good work in us and continues to use us to make a massive impact on society. We are growing by leaps and bounds. So much so we’re not sure how we’re going to handle the growth. But I’ll say this we’ll let God do whatever He wants with us and we’ll adapt as necessary! So excited about the future! May God bless all you guy in amazing ways!
Home to the most diverse city in the nation, and leading the world in blue collar shift workers, rests Houston Texas. In a stable east Houston middle class job market, many of these refinery workers do not work for the weekend because they do not have one. It is easy to make an extra dollar with another hour of over time, and another holiday away from their family. While chasing that bigger truck, hunting lease, or fishing boat, they are frequenting the bars that close at 2 a.m. and open again at 7a.m. to accommodate the ruthless schedules. These guys are politically conservative and spiritually far from God. Many of them are very honest, hard working guys who simply need a bit of encouragement in leading their families spiritually.
John Travolta set the stage 30 years ago in the feature Urban Cowboy which depicts the life of a man in our area. The only things that have changed are a dramatic increase in population, and now religious and ethnic diversity.
In East Houston we host one of the largest populations of prostitution, drug trafficking, and gang activity in the entire nation. Exceeding 85% of these people do not attend a church, nor do they profess to know Jesus Christ on a personal level. Amidst the brokenness stands a tireless group of 75 people (The Pathway Church) relentlessly working to intercede for these people who need a Jesus encounter. We have been actively serving and leading people to Christ for a solid 10 months and now plan to transition into our next phase of life.
February 2015 The Pathway Church will have a grand opening! Our weekly community service activities, after school mentoring program, home groups, and Sunday gatherings have created avenues of communicating to the people of East Houston. Refinery workers will soon be hearing the Gospel due to our in refinery bible studies, and strategic men’s emphasis efforts. The Pathway Church vision looks to lead broken people to choose a biblical pathway to real life. Often a life lived chasing money and possessions permeates every aspect of the blue collar plant workers life. These plant workers are no longer primarily caucasian but rather transplants from all over the nation and the world. They are not only bringing theirs households to Houston but also their religious beliefs and cultures. We must respond with a genuine urgency and passion to show God’s love and grace. A new church like The Pathway Church can aggressively reach them and will remain adaptable enough to make the lost, far from God, and unchurched its number one priority.
We are a brand new church in the city limits of Mont Belvieu Texas that seeks to start other new churches in heavily growing areas around our country and the word. Our focus is on the East Houston region. We are focused on staying heavily connected to our community and to a broad network of churches, and seek to collaborate with our greater community to accomplish more. If you would like to see our Partners and Networks copy the link below into your browser:
Philosophically we are a service-based church. Basically our serving the community stays at the forefront of our calendar and plans. We have programs and activities but they all take a back seat to our service. We believe talk is cheap…so we like to show our love by action. We don’t believe sharing the Gospel of Jesus is enough, we like to show it as well.
Theologically, we have Baptist roots. However we break most of the non-essential “Baptist-like” perceptions. Our church sticks close to the scriptures and orthodox Christian doctrine, but in function we break a lot of tradition. We teach directly from the Bible and hold that very close to our hearts. Nothing we do compromises the integrity of scripture, but all that we do focuses on reaching any kind of person. Your background, appearance, or profession make no difference to us.
For more details feel free to consult our statement of beliefs page on our website! Just copy the link below into your browser.
This has been a long time coming, a group of 65+ (and growing) people have been serving our community now for over 9 months. Some of us already lived in Mont Belvieu/Baytown and some of us moved here to help start a new church. So why haven’t we had public services yet? Great question!
We are a service based church that has been growing through personal relationships and networking. From the very beginning of this effort Ashley and I believed God was leading us not simply to start a new church, but to start a ministry that served our community without an agenda of our own. Sunday services were only a part of what we were going to do, but our emphasis is on loving and serving our community. So now that we have established ourselves with that DNA we are ready to move forward and have Sunday services! You are all invited. It would be our privilege to have you as our guest at our preview services and big launch service!
Preview Services January 11th and 25th, launch February 8th. All @ The Eagle Pointe Recreation Complex in Mont Belvieu 10 a.m. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes early to check in the kiddos and grab yourself a cup of coffee. I promise your kids will have a blast! We make children’s ministry a huge priority!
What are Preview Services?
These are two services where we sort of practice hosting a service. We’ll probably make a few mistakes, but this gives us some time to correct them. These two opportunities are a great opportunity to get an early peak into The Pathway Church, we want to you to come and check these out…maybe you can even volunteer and help us with our launch!
What is Launch? (February 8th, the Sunday after Superbowl Sunday)
This is the first official public gathering where we hope to have all of our systems in place and fully functioning. Its a great opportunity to invite all of your friends and family members!
So come one, come all! We hope to see you guys and are blessed to serve you!
Before our Preview Services in January and Feb 8th launch?
Preview Services: January 11th and 25th (Eagle Pointe Recreation Complex)
Public Launch: February 8th (Eagle Pointe Recreation Complex)
Currently we are meeting as a launch team at the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center in Mont Belvieu (Every Sunday 9:45 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. start), discussing core values and ministry teams. It’s kind of like an open town hall meeting each week. This is the perfect time for you to get involved. Anyone is welcome to join us and learn how to get involved and serve our community together. We always have breakfast and quality fun childcare so bring the family.
Who can help?
Truthfully, anyone! Even if you’d like to help Pathway for a fixed period of time we can place you in a ministry. Also if you like to start new things, this is a perfect setting for you. We have attracted a lot of entrepreneurial minded people. If you just want to make a financial contribution toward our efforts you can do so by pasting the link below into your browser:
Core Values: We are a service based church, come and learn what that looks like and how you can get involved in making positive change in our region.
Ministry Teams: Maybe you have a gift or talent you can offer to our service. We would love to have you help
Sign up for a ministry team now by pasting the link below into your browser!
You can also read more about us on our Website