ABOUT US

VISION

We exist to see the truth, goodness, and beauty of the gospel of Jesus saturate and transform the city of Montreal for the glory of God and the good of all people, anticipating His return.

Our strategy is to Saturate Montreal with families of servants on mission, learning to live everyday life with gospel-intentionality.

Our objective is participate in the launching of new church planting churches and / or be involved in the revitalization of existing churches (approximately one every four years).

VALUES

We believe that our true Christian and Québec roots are not primarily connected to a building, the Mass, or any other ceremony. They go much deeper than that.

Our Christian and Québec roots call us to an authentic and communal life of loving God and our neighbour. In the 21st century, we are relearning what it means to be part of God’s family as disciples and servants of Jesus who participate with him on his mission.

God is transforming his world through the powerful message and reality of the gospel. God allows us to help co-create the culture that he desires for all to experience.

Here are the cultural values that Church 21 wants to experience, cultivate, and demonstrate:

Culture of Pursuit
God is near. God is relational. And God pursues individuals in order to demonstrate his love and invite us into being the people he made us to be. He values pursuing.

Since God values pursuing others, we want to pursue God. If we want to see profound transformation in our lives, it can only come through searching the presence of God.

Therefore, we pursue God’s presence both individually and collectively in order to experience and enjoy him and his love everyday. It is only his love that can transform lives, families, cities, and the world.

Culture of Sacrifice
According to Jesus, the greatest act of love is expressed by one laying their life down for their friend. We believe that the best aspects of life, which include love, justice, peace, and generosity, are impossible to experience unless someone is willing to make the necessary sacrifice.

Jesus sacrifices generously which is most clearly demonstrated through his giving up himself for us. Because of Jesus, we can now properly desire and sacrifice in order to develop a culture of generosity. No longer do we need to think of “me” but can focus on the benefit of the community.

Jesus transforms us to sacrifice for the good of others.

Culture of Belonging
You were made to belong and be known. Becoming a follower of Jesus is often a long journey that involves many questions, doubts, revelations, and disappointments. Along the way, periods of loneliness can creep up and disorient us. It is at times like these you will need others to walk alongside you as family.

Jesus did not come to rescue those who have their life in proper order. Instead, he came to invite the imperfect to follow him and be part of his family. Jesus commenced a culture of welcoming the outsider and helping them have a sense of truly belonging.

We want to welcome you to belong and be a part of Church 21 in the same way that Jesus does. Regardless of where you come from, you are welcome. God welcomes you into his family and therefore, you have an equal place in our midst.

Culture of Renewal
Our world contains immense amounts of brokenness. But God will not leave things as they currently are. He promises to repair and renew all things. This is a promise of epic proportions! This means relationships, family, systems, and all of nature will one day be restored.

What a dream!

As a church we want to join God in his plan to make all things new!

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Word of God – We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

God – We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine attribute and perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. 

God the Father – We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

God the Son – We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

God the Holy Spirit – We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

Regeneration – We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.

The Church – We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Ordinances – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and communion. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that communion was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christian Living – We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow man; that his life should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

Last Things – We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal life of the righteous and the eternal suffering of the wicked.

LEADERS & STAFF

Dwight Bernier – Pastor of Preaching & Multiplication | dwight.bernier@church21.ca

Brian Stegner – Executive Pastor | brian.stegner@church21.ca

Jordan Weeks – Local Pastor of Downtown (EN) | jordan.weeks@church21.ca

Norton Lages – Local Pastor of Centre-ville (FR) / Director, Mission Quebec | norton.lages@eglise21.ca

Mike Gockley – Pastor of Leadership Development | mike.gockley@church21.ca

Trenton Walker – City Group Coach / Pastoral Apprentice | trenton.walker@church21.ca

JD Desbiens – Director of CV Operations / Alpha Quebec / Pastoral Apprentice | jd.desbiens@eglise21.ca

Geoff Wright – Project Redemption / Pastoral Apprentice | geoffery.wright@church21.ca

Ryan Bussiere – Director of Integration ? Pastoral Apprentice | ryan.bussiere@church21.ca

Benjamin Cressell – Director of Worship & Technology | benjamin.cressell@church21.ca

Christina Phillips – Administration | christina.phillips@eglise21.ca

Keila Baesso – Bookkeeper | bookkeeper@church21.ca

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