Antioch Community ChurchLead Pastor: Andy O'Rourke
Antioch Community Church is a growing community of Christ-followers working together to be the Church to the Northeast Minneapolis area. We’re passionate about engaging people with the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ, and our desire is to ignite a movement of the gospel throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.
We launched Sunday worship services in October of 2008. Besides gathering on Sunday mornings, Community Groups are the heart and soul of Antioch. These small gatherings of people meet regularly all over the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to focus on God’s word, prayer, community, and mission. We see Community Groups as the “mission outposts” of Antioch.
Our Core Values at Antioch Community Church include:
We believe Jesus Christ is the supreme embodiment of Truth. He is the way, the truth, and the life. All things find their ultimate meaning and purpose in Him. We also believe the Bible is God’s written, authoritative, and completely true revelation to His creation. We are passionate about being transformed by God as we grow in love, zeal, knowledge, and obedience to the truth He has revealed. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
God is the center of everything we do. We seek to glorify Him as we live out our lives as an expression of worship. We acknowledge our complete dependence upon God and strive to be people of faith and prayer. We pursue an active, growing, obedient, and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18-20; John 15:1-8)
God exists as a community of three in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s people are called to live as a relational community expressing diversity within unity. We strive to cultivate loving, authentic relationships that are centered in Jesus Christ. Our goal is to be an active, healthy, growing, and life-giving organic community that reflects the reality of who Jesus is to the world around us. (John 13:34-35; John 17:20-23; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-3)
We have been created in the image of God. As followers of Jesus, we are part of God’s cosmic work of redemption and new creation. We desire that our community be an expression of the creative work of redemption God is doing within and among us. Our goal is to utilize the diverse gifts and abilities God has given us to creatively engage people and culture with the gospel. (Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 17:16-34; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
God is a missional, sending God. As the Father sent the Son, we have been sent out into the world by Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. Acknowledging we are hopeless apart from Christ, we desire to become “friends of sinners” as we guide lost and broken people to Jesus. We believe in the power of the gospel to transform people, our city, and our world. Therefore, we believe the gospel must be both tangibly demonstrated and courageously declared in our culture. (John 20:21; Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1:8; Matthew 9:9-13; Jeremiah 29:7; Matthew 5:13-16)
In obedience to Jesus’ mandate, we intentionally strive to make disciples of all people. We are committed to developing and multiplying leaders. We also desire to start new churches that start new churches. Our goal is to help ignite a movement of the gospel in the Twin Cities and beyond that will contribute to the advancement of God’s Kingdom upon the earth. (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3)