How it all Began:
In January of 2014 there was a group of us who attended a 3dm conference. The purpose of this conference was to help equip the Church in practical ways for building a discipling culture. On the final night of the conference we were invited to a mock Missional Community where we had the opportunity to witness a gathering of believers in ways that we had never seen before. It was a beautiful picture of local missionaries gathered to worship our God, enjoy fellowship through breaking bread and prayers, and receive encouragement to continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in our specific and unique missional frontiers.
It became apparent that we had all been accustomed to “doing missions” from a very individualistic approach. To no avail, we were not witnessing much fruit in these areas of ministry and we were all pretty burnt out.
From that gathering came the birth of ACTS 247. We knew that we wanted to be on mission and we knew that we had to do that in the context of becoming a family on mission. As a result, we began to meet together on Sunday nights to Worship God through song and Gospel-centered teaching. We began to see a fellowship that extended beyond the walls of the Church, and God created a culture of missionaries that desires to reach into the darkest places of our city to shine the light of Jesus Christ.
When we first began Acts 247 our goal was to partner with the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and reach the men with the Gospel of Christ. We realized very quickly that the men were hungry for the Gospel and they desired to see the people of their past experience the same life giving fruit that they had. “As the faith of these men increased our area of influence has been greatly enlarged, and we are now able to preach the gospel to lands far beyond the Salvation Army” (2 Corinthians 10:15-16).
It is our desire at ACTS 247 recovery church to reach those who are afflicted by helping them to see the realities of Gospel Restoration in all areas of their lives. We believe that in doing so we may present those who are broken before the God of all comfort, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the same comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:4).
What began as a group of 8 misfits in a living room, God has birthed into a thriving community of people who have been addicted, abandoned, alone, and abused; as well as life-long churchgoers. The common theme in our community is that we are all in recovery and WE DO RECOVER through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.