San Diego Christian Reformed Church

San Diego Reader“In the past, people’s mindset was, if people aren’t having kids, how is the Reformed faith going to grow?” said Rick Roeda, the director of youth ministries at San Diego Christian Reformed Church (SDCRC). “Reformed churches primarily grow through birth and through church transfer. We’re not as seeker-friendly as the Rock or happy-clappy churches.” Roeda estimated that over 85 percent of people who transfer to SDCRC do so out of a theological conviction. “People come from Shadow Mountain or the Calvary system because they want to move from some of the teachings they have received to a deeper theology.” Roeda said he did not want to be critical of these churches. San Diego Reformed Church“If someone was a new believer, I would recommend these churches to them. What they are doing is appealing in that they have a tremendous growth of new believers.” Roeda said SDCRC is in a transitional phase. “Right now there is a wake-up call, a realization that in order for [Reformed Churches] to survive as a group, we need to get out of our shells. The typical reformed experience is one where people come to church reverent, they don’t say much. An organ leads them through several hymns before the pastor preaches. People come with their Sunday best on for the Lord.”

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  • David Alexander

    October 14, 2005, 3:36 pm

    Drew, I have been reading your columns, “Sheep and Goats”, with interest.
    I would like to invite you and your family to join us for our Friday evening or Saturday evening gatherings, at any time that would be convenient for you.

    If you go to our website, http://www.commonwealthofIsrael.org , you will get an idea of
    our faith and Way of life.
    Our local communities summaries can be found at:
    http://www.twelvetribes.org/whereweare/vista.html
    http://www.twelvetribes.org/whereweare/morning-star-ranch.html

    We live after the pattern of the earliest believers in Acts 2 and 4.

    We have about 50 communities in 9 different countries around the world; and we have two communities in northern San Diego County.

    Every Friday and Saturday we gather to celebrate…to bring in the Sabbath on Friday evening, from about 6 pm to 10 pm or so…and to celebrate Messiah’s resurrection, from about 6-10 on Saturday evening. We also gather every morning, and every evening, every other day of the week; but our most festive gatherings, with music, prophecy, dancing, feasting and wonderful fellowship, are on Friday and Saturday nights.

    We have many young people and little children…and they participate in all of it fully.

    We have no sermon at either gathering, as we meet according to the specific instructions for gathering found in 1 Cor. 14:26.

    We would love to have you join us sometime. I think you would find it an unforgettable experience.

    Much grace to you,
    David