Be our guest so you can experience and discover Wooddale. Be part of a worship service, stop by the Guest Center, get a coffee and a roll and tell us a little about yourself. We would love to learn your name and a bit of your story and answer your questions.
How do we recognize open doors for sharing our faith?
One day Jeff came into the office and announced that he had accepted Jesus Christ into his life and had become a Christian. This surprised people because Jeff was the typical good person who believed in doing good, and that as long as he did more good than bad then he would go to heaven.
Imagine what would happen if one day all volunteers disappeared. At Wooddale, that would mean no one to welcome us, teach children’s or adult classes, make coffee, serve food, or guide worship with music, just to name a few.
In the wider community, we would suffer from empty food shelves, overfilled shelters, and overwhelmed schools and organizations.
In 2000, Hope Academy was started with 35 students in grades K-2. Today, Hope serves more than 400 K-12 students and 200 families. They have close to 70 staff and they are helping lead a nation-wide education reform movement.
An essential part of growing in one’s Christian faith is to minister to others in word and in deed. Unfortunately, for many in today’s fast-paced world, finding easy opportunities to serve others can be challenging and difficult to integrate into busy schedules. Wooddale’s Love In[DEED] program makes it easy – Just Show Up and Serve!
Joe Horness has accepted the call to become Wooddale’s Creative Arts Pastor. Joe has served on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church as Worship Director and as Worship Arts Pastor at Bay Pointe Community Church in Traverse City, Michigan. He is the founder of Engaging the Heart Ministries which is dedicated to helping the next generation of worship leaders lead worship ministries.
Christa Hartl and her husband, Cassius, had been attending Wooddale for less than a year when they became small group leaders. At the time, there weren’t any groups for young adults that fit their schedule. Then, through a Sunday morning Big Group, the Hartls began meeting more young adults who, like them, were new to the church.
If you have ever left a worship service thinking, “I would love to talk with some friends about that sermon we just heard,” a Sermon-Based Life Group just may be the answer. Often, issues raised in a sermon are helpful and begin the conversation about a life topic or question. Sermon-Based Life Groups provide the opportunity for the conversation to continue!