Discovery Church is A PLACE TO BELONG: a place of growing in God with each other and bringing Jesus’ new life to the world around us.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
We are designed for relationships. We know that our relationships are where we most often find our identity and meaning. These longings to know others and be known by others are rooted in our design because we reflect the community that God exists in.
At Discovery, we work to create opportunities to encounter our Lord as well as foster authentic dialogue between individuals, cultivate cohesion for households, and enable environments for neighbors to draw together.
“I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
Jesus, John 10:14
Our attention and our minds are prized commodities. As we are adopted into God’s family, the Holy Spirit starts the work of transforming us with the renewing of our minds. We fan the flame of curiosity, exploring the truths God has revealed to us through Jesus. We actively and attentively listen for and seek out these truths with dedication and faithfulness as enabled through the Spirit. Our following is an act of submission: an acceptance to the invitation of the life-abundant. Yet, this veneration is also an act of rebellion against the tyrannical cultures of hollow busyness, vapid consumerism, and grinding attention economy.
At Discovery, we nurture this process of transformation with the study and application of scriptures, the practice of sacraments, and the response of worship.
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world . . . whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
Jesus, John 3:19, 21
As we integrate our identities to the course of living them out, we will find that we impact the various worlds we exist in. From homes to workplaces, neighborhoods to nations, the ways in which we operate can—and will—testify to God’s love in our lives. As Jesus modeled servant leadership, so too are we called to serve with the same attitudes: pragmatically, humbly, graciously, mercifully, eagerly, thankfully, tenderly, truthfully.
At Discovery, we partner with individuals and organizations, locally and globally, to develop avenues of service in the name of the Lord.
We join the Holy Spirit’s work to invest in God’s people and our neighbors so that we become, personally and communally, the church which looks more and more like Jesus.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit, prayer is the foundation for all we do. We pray not as routine, but on the promise that Jesus carries our prayers to God who hears and responds to His children’s prayers.
We have a vision for Discovery Church to be a “House of Prayer” Church, and to become a hub church to model and resource others in how to be a church that is growing in the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer.
As individuals and a church, we offer an atmosphere of God’s welcoming grace and hospitality so that in word and service we share the good news of Jesus’ new life to those the Holy Spirit leads us to.
Discovery Church aims to serve our immediate neighborhood through community events and to aid our neighbors all over the world by partnering with:
Bridge Street Ministries (Formerly Bridge Street House of Prayer/BSHOP)
BSHOP is a community of people who are surrendered to the love of Jesus working in and through them to bring transformation in their neighborhood and through various ministry opportunities. BSHOP desires to see revival come to Bridge Street in Grand Rapids.
YoungLives has a vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.
Association for a More Just Society (AJS), Honduras
We support Jojo and Wendy Ninan in their endeavors to help spread the word of Christ to the deaf community through a deaf leadership training program.
We support Geoff and Tammy Kooistra, who head the engineering and technology component of this worldwide radio ministry.
Partners Relief & Development, Burma
Partners provides emergency relief to refugees, orphans, and displaced people in times of crisis when lives are at risk due to oppression and natural disasters.
World Renew, Southern Africa
We support Steve and Beth Sywulka who help with agricultural and business development in under-developed communities.