As we seek to be disciples at Ivanrest, we strive to live the kind of lives Jesus has called us to, acknowledging that he has shown us the true and best way to live. Our desire is to grow God’s kingdom through actively seeking to grow in our understanding of God’s truth and in our relationship with him. We then share our experience in witness to the community around us, proclaiming Jesus’ truth and its ability to truly set us free.
No matter where God is calling you in your discipleship walk, when you follow his lead you will find the life that he promised. When you discover God’s truth, and live it out each and every day, God promises that you will find a fullness of life beyond what you could have imagined.
Dine with Nine
Eating is more than an individual, biological act. Human beings are made to eat together, sharing their table with family and friends. (Jose A Pergola, The Way Opened Up by Jesus)
Dine with Nine is an invitation to an informal gathering with nine people to come together as a church family to share a meal, meet new people, and for fellowship.
For more information or to sign up for the next Dine with Nine session, please visit the Dine with Nine page.
At Ivanrest, we believe that intimate Christian community is an essential part of the Christian faith journey. No one can walk out his or her faith alone.
Our Life Group ministry is currently being revamped and will relaunch at a future date.
Koinonia is a single parent ministry where building relationships is intentional and sharing life is important.
Following a delicious meal, the moms spend time in a small group book study while also encouraging one another in the struggles and joys they have in parenting. The kids and their individually chosen mentors work on homework, create projects/crafts, or participate in fun activities with other kids and mentors.
Gather & Grow
To walk in the way of truth we need to understand what that means.
Adults of ALL ages are invited to GATHER on Sunday mornings (September – April) and GROW together as different topics and issues are explored.
December 2022: Mental Health & Faith
January 2023: Human Sexuality – Part One
February 2023: Race Awareness
March 2023: Human Sexuality – Part Two
Yet another way to Gather & Grow…
Missed a Gather & Grow session? You can now get caught up using the new Ivanrest Church Discipleship Podcast. New episodes will be available Tuesday mornings. We may even throw in some bonus content occasionally. Subscribe and start listening today!
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Ephesians 6:18: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
We believe prayer makes a difference. The Ivanrest Church Prayer Team partners with God through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to pray with purpose, passion and consistency. Whether you have a prayer petition or praise, they would be honored to pray for you! Use this form (select prayer from the drop down menu) to submit your praise or petition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 616-410-7070. You are encouraged to be specific! And don’t forget to let the team know if you see prayers being answered and/or need to revise your original request. All submissions are confidential.
Sunday Nights is an additional time of worship and fellowship on Sunday evenings. Some elements of this time together will look similar to our traditional evening worship service at Ivanrest. For instance, as part of it, we’ll spend time together in song and communal prayer, just as we have historically. But other parts will look a bit different. Specifically, instead of a traditional sermon, we will instead take a closer look at the same text as the morning service. This will allow congregants the opportunity to ask Pastor Brandon questions about the text, as well as the ability for Pastor Brandon to go deeper into his commentary work and study of the passage, including elements he couldn’t include in the morning message. We’re excited about this new format and hopeful that it might lead to a greater desire in our congregation to engage in a second Sunday worship time.
Race Awareness Team
At Ivanrest, we believe in providing awareness and education about the diversity in our surrounding community in order to share God’s love and the value the gifts of our fellow image bearers in Christ.
We meet to listen and learn through book readings, podcasts, movies, and webinars. Join us fall 2022 as we discuss the book God and Race by Pastors John Siebeling and Wayne Francis. Contact Deann Wright for more information.
Men’s Bible Study
Men of all ages are invited to grow in their faith and build community with others through various Bible study opportunities.
Andy Stanley Video Teachings: Start your Tuesday mornings with insight and knowledge from Andy Stanley and discussion with fellow Ivanrest men. This study meets every Tuesday morning beginning October 4 from 6:15-7:15 AM in the West Wing Lodge. Coordinated by Bob Pettijohn.
John: Read, study, discuss and learn using the book of John. All men are welcome; no prep work or homework is required. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month beginning October 10 at 7:00 PM in Room 8. Led by Steve Van’t Hof and Chuck Feyen.
Women’s Bible Study
Women of all ages are invited to grow in their faith and build community with others through various Bible study opportunities.
Revelation: “Revelation is a revealing—and here in the letters to the churches we see Jesus in his glory, Jesus among his churches. As he stands with his church, he speaks words of commendation and correction. We see the revelation of God’s heart for his church. What will he say to these churches? To us today?” This small group will meet every other Tuesday morning beginning September 13 from 10:00-11:00 AM in Room 8. Limited to the first 12 women who sign up online using this link. Led by Bev Pruim and Betty Zondervan.
1 Samuel: Grow to know the characters of Samuel, Saul, and David in this study of 1 Samuel. Their stories contribute powerfully to Israel’s vivid history. Even more important, we’ll ponder God’s faithfulness and his care for his people. God shaped and sustained Israel so that one day it could become a light to all others through the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. This group will meet Monday mornings beginning September 26 at 9:30 AM in Room 8. Led by Ellen DeVries, Jan Bolt and Bernice Noorman.
Colossians: This inductive approach on studying Scripture is great for both those new to studying the Bible and those who have been studying for a long time. Join us Wednesday evenings beginning October 12 from 6:30-8:00 PM in Room 7. Led by Kristin Keizer and Cheri Kuiper.