Thank you for visiting our website! Whether you’re a church member who visits regularly or someone checking us out for the first time, all of us at Zion hope you will find the information you need.
If you’re visiting to explore who we are, let me share what to me are the most appealing aspects of our church that you may not otherwise pick up from the “nuts-and-bolts” facts. I’m not assuming their appeal to you, but just sharing my perspective of cultural aspects that might help you decide whether to visit us in person.
Folks are accepted here as they are and for who they are. We avoid the imposition of expectations, especially the religious! While our worship is traditional, we are a come-as-you-are outfit! There are almost no expectations regarding how you dress (we do expect people to be out of their pj’s and dressed with some semblance of modesty). Most of us dress very casually, but you can come dressed to the tee – whatever provides you the most comfort as you worship.
Personal agendas are checked at the door. That is not to say that we don’t have an agenda – because we do! It’s just that we work hard at renouncing our own agendas in favor of embracing what we understand to be God’s. We’re learning to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves. Our desired outcomes for all that we do are that we will know, love, serve, obey, grow in and enjoy our relationship with Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, and Head of His Church.
Our fellowship is centered around the Person of Christ rather than programs for Christ. Instead of busily trying to “make things happen” for Christ, we are learning to intentionally rest in Christ. We for sure want to serve Him, but only out of profound appreciation for what He has done, is doing, and will do for us, not what we think we can do for Him (as if He needs our help). We’re not in any hurry to do anything other than follow Jesus!
Frankly, my favorite part of our culture is that we are determined to be a refuge for Christians. We’re a place where it’s O.K. to rest, to wait on Him to lead, as He always does, and to follow Him instead of being driven by the agendas and expectations of others. We take our Lord’s invitation very seriously:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)
I pray you will consider joining us in our response. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would just like to chat. I look forward to hearing from you!
In His grip,
Pastor Craig Conrad