:: Why start a new church? Don't we have enough churches? ::
Doors are closing on churches all over North America. Even though people see the United States as a "Christian" nation, there isn't much to support that theory. The church as a whole is shrinking in numbers and this has left the United States the 3rd largest mission field in the world (behind China and India). Many nations are actually sending missionaries to the U.S. The Barna Research Group has found that the most effective way to reach those who have either left the church or those who have never considered themselves Christian is to start a new church as opposed to growing a large church. We started The Well so that we can intentionally and selflessly focus on the needs of those who don't know Christ. We understand that Christians don't always practice what they preach, and that we have done a bad job at making all people feel welcome. The Well seeks to be a church that attempts to avoid those mistakes (though we know that we are not perfect and we may fail). We want to be a community that truly reflects the love of Christ to all people. (Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15)
:: Where do you worship? ::
We currently hold our weekly worship gatherings at The Well 190 Sierra Court, Suite C2, Palmdale, CA 93550
:: When are your worship services? ::
Worship begins at 10:30am, but before that we have our Jump Start time at 9:30am
:: What is Jump Start? ::
This is the time before worship where we have a different kind of Sunday School. It's not just for kids, and it's not just for adults. It's an intergenerational Sunday School where we will gather, pray, learn.
:: Ministry...isn't that the pastor's job? ::
At The Well, we feel that everyone is a missionary. Yes, we mean everyone! We have all been equipped with the same Holy Spirit and have all been put in unique places to share God's love with those you are surrounded by. One of the things we say over and over is to "Go, and be Christ in that place." Martin Luther said that being Christian is like being "little Christs." We each get to share the same Christ that a pastor can with those we know (in other words, you get to share Christ with people that the pastor doesn't know).
:: Why don't you have more programs? ::
We're not overly concerned with programs. We're more concerned about people. At The Well we seek to be a community of faith where activity happens organically, and ministry grows out of relationship and a love of Christ. Yeah, we do have programs, but our focus will always remain on each individual sharing the love of Christ with people they are in contact with, whether or not they are a part of the church.
:: What can I expect when I come to worship? ::
Expect a relaxed yet focused worship service. Most people just wear whatever they feel comfortable in, so please come as you are.
:: What style of worship do you do? ::
Our worship isn't restricted to style. It is Christ-centered no matter what we are doing. When you come, expect to hear songs that are brand new as well as ancient hymns sung one right after the other. We also like to incorporate many elements of liturgy that have been around for thousands of years, as well as elements that are new. Regardless, we only do things that keep the focus on Jesus.
:: What do you believe? Do you have any doctrinal statement? ::
Yes, just check here.
:: Is The Well affiliated with any denomination? ::
Yes, we are affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
:: How can I learn more about The Well? ::
Keep looking around the website, check us out on Myspace, Facebook, or Contact Us and we'd love to chat and tell you more about who we are and what's going on.