Reaching a growing community
Arkansas' northwest corner is the fastest growing region in the state, with a need for churches to serve the growing population. Grace Hills Church is intentional about serving a specific subset of that population: those not currently integrated into any church family. The church held its grand opening on January 15, 2012, and Oasis will be helping them start strong throughout 2012. Here's what Grace Hills' Lead Pastor Brandon Cox has to say about their mission:
We dream of being a home for spiritually homeless people... a place where people can begin and build a deep relationship with Jesus Christ and with fellow believers, where people do life together in genuine community, where people grow spiritually in an atmosphere where the grace of God is highly celebrated. We dream of a church where people serve one another according to the way that God has shaped them. We dream of a church that matters to its community, that makes a visible, noticeable, and tangible difference on behalf of Christ in the real problems that exist. We dream of a church that celebrates changed lives, that cultivates an atmosphere of freedom to grow and serve, and that empowers people with the confidence to do so.
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Reaching a lost generation
It's estimated that over 90% of people born after 1980 in the Wichita, KS area have either left the church or are unchurched altogether. The heart of Audacity is to reach this "lost generation". They're doing so through non-traditional approaches to spreading the gospel: servant evangelism, community involvement, neighborhood block parties, and other acts of kindness are just some of the ways they're reaching new people.
Oasis sent a team to Wichita in summer 2011 to help Audicity prepare for their official launch, and continues to pray for their success.
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