Who We Are
We are a church in urban Denver, Colorado that "wants to share in the life of God together by redefining and reorienting everything around the gospel of Jesus Christ." We are diverse in age, economic status, ethnicity, and spiritual background, but we have been drawn together by God's work through the person and work of Jesus.
Our call was birthed in the hearts of the pastoral team of Wellspring Church in Englewood, CO. Rob Paris, then Associate Pastor at Wellspring, sensed a call from God to plant a church, and Wellspring sent him and a team of 50 with their full blessing. On Feb. 13, 2011, Church of the Advent launched in the Baker neighborhood.
Since 2011, we’ve been worshipping in the MiCasa Resource Center on 4th & Acoma. This fantastic location provides us with an office, a large worship space, two classrooms for children’s ministry, and a prayer room that has seen many tears and much laughter. This "worship home" has been one of God’s primary gifts to us, because Sunday morning worship is not an “add-on” to our weeks. It is the central hub of our life together, because the only adequate response to the love God has shown us is thanksgiving & praise! The Sunday service features classic liturgy, contemporary music, preaching from the Bible, weekly celebration of the Eucharist (communion), and an openness to the Spirit.
On Sunday, July 10th we will have our first service in our new building! We believe this beautiful historic church building will bring new depth and beauty to our worship together. We are grateful that God has provided us with a home of our own and we look forward to worshipping God together in this beautiful place.
One of Advent’s distinctives is our focus on formation. We are always asking ourselves, “How do we fit into the story of renewal that God is writing in the world?" Through a process we call Relational Discipleship (RD), each new Adventer has the opportunity to walk through their story and God’s grand narrative in a personal, individualized manner with a spiritual guide. After Relational Discipleship, we encourage every Adventer to invest in Spiritual Friendships, ongoing relationships where people are encouraging one another to welcome the gospel in their lives. Every week, Adventers are filling coffee shops and living rooms around the city to pray and learn together.
Small Groups are a main avenue of fostering community, bringing Adventers together around a common focus and a common desire to grow in their relationship with God. We also sponsor quarterly men's & women's gatherings - as well as men's & women's retreats and an all church camping trip - that combine fun, formation, and a chance to form new friendships.
Advent is also deeply concerned with serving the world, and especially our neighborhood. Some of our small groups are focused on outward mission. For example, we have teams of Adventers that are heavily invested in tutoring local elementary school kids, serving the mentally disabled, and creating community at the local public housing complex. We also come together as a church once a month to serve our neighborhood or celebrate what God is doing: past events have included potlucks, feeding the homeless, Christmas caroling, or raking leaves. Because God has loved us, we seek to reflect that same love to others and discover it more deeply ourselves!
We love God, each other, and our neighborhood. We’re not perfect, but we’re growing…and we are well aware that the story is just beginning. We hope you can join us!