We are a church that believes in Jesus.
We are a church that loves Jesus.
We are a multi-generational, multicultural church.
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Who We Are
In the art world, montage is a style of composition where various elements, pictures, or designs are brought together to create a solitary, unified work. In film, montage refers to an editorial technique where several shots are spliced together into a single, concentrated image or idea. Montage Bible Church is kind of similar to these things.
Montage is a collection of people from various backgrounds who worship Jesus in unity. It’s a place where an individual with a spiritual gift can serve and encourage the whole congregation. It’s a place where everyone sits under the authority of one Book. Montage is filled with people who come from different pasts but are looking toward the same future.
Our vision is clear and expansive: we transform the culture through His Word and our witness. Our mission is simple and practical: we help people from all cultures learn about God, live for God and love like God. So, what do we mean by culture?
We define cross-cultural ministry as “the Cross for all cultures” (see Gal.3:28). That means whatever differences there are between us, Jesus is more important. He’s more important than our differences in age or socio-economic status. He’s more important than our ethnicity or physical appearance and abilities. After all, from God’s perspective, He only sees two cultures: sheep and goats. And He wants the sheep to get along well so they can be a witness to the goats who are watching!
Montage is far from perfect. It’s made up of imperfect people and imperfect leaders who worship the perfect Christ. Despite its shortcomings, Montage is a place where you will be challenged by Scripture. It’s a place where you’ll be loved. It’s a place where you can serve the congregation and community. In the end, Montage is about collaboration: the scattered church comes together every week and provides a beautiful picture of Christ on earth.
How Montage Bible Church Began
Montage Bible Church began in March 2016, but there were certainly stirrings about this fellowship long before its launch date. Roughly five years before Montage came to fruition, Pastor James had been in discussions about a church plant with Pastor Ken Hutcherson, then Senior Pastor of Antioch Bible Church. Both men prayed and explored the possibility of Pastor James planting a daughter church for Antioch, but with struggling church finances and Pastor Hutch’s health in decline, it seemed apparent that the idea of a formal plant would have to go into hibernation for a while.
In December of 2013, Pastor Hutch was called home to be with the Lord. He had led the cross-cultural church he had planted with Pastors Mark Webster and Dwight Englund for 29 years. His commitment to Scripture rather than culture, his passion for people over programs, and his heartbeat for a multicultural church instead of a congregation where everybody looks alike are the things for which many people will remember him.
But two years after his passing, the embers of a church plant again caught fire. Pastor James and his wife, Linda, sought the Lord’s direction for their new phase of ministry life together. In the end, they had Jesus; they had each other; and they had the call of God on their life to start a new work for the Lord. Despite all of the uncertainties, they couldn’t have felt more at peace with stepping out of what was familiar and setting course into uncharted territories.
Pregnancy is, of course, different than birthing. Some women love the pregnancy process while others can’t wait for it to be over. In a ministry context, the birth of a church is always exciting, but there is also a lot of work that goes into bringing it to that place. Pregnancy is where life is first nourished and protected. It’s where life is prepared behind closed doors. Montage’s pregnancy stage was a wonderful experience for it was during this time that life was nourished by family, friends, and trusted advisors. Through prayer support, emotional encouragement, and financial giving, people blessed what God was shaping in this ministerial womb.
To put it simply: Montage has a history and it goes all the way back to Antioch. Not just Antioch Bible Church, but the ancient city of Antioch. As we read in Acts 11, Antioch is where the early followers of Jesus were first called Christians. These unashamed disciples wore their Savior’s moniker proudly and set out to change the world for His glory. It is their footsteps in which we follow.
We may be young, but we walk on an old path. We may have recently been birthed, but we believe the Lord has called us to this before the foundation of the world. As the Lord shows His daily favor to us, Montage’s story is still being written. Indeed, the faithfulness He shows us today will be tomorrow’s reminder of yesterday’s blessings.