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.
A Life Group is a small group of people who meet regularly for the purpose of building deep spiritual relationships with each other and sharing life together.
For more information or to sign up for a Life Group, please fill out this form.
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.
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.
Women’s Bible Study
Monday Mornings: Fun, laughter and learning…what a great way to begin your week! Join a group of women on Mondays at 9:30 AM to build community and grow deeper in your faith.
Wednesday Evenings: A mid-week boost studying Scripture without any outside noise or influence. This group of women meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM for an inductive study of the Bible.
Thursday Evenings: Ever feel like your life plans have been interrupted? Join this 6-week study (January 20-Febraury 24) of Jonah to discover what life interruptions can teach us.
For more information about any of the Bible studies listed above, email email@example.com.
Men’s Bible Study
Monday Evenings: Are you ready to dive deeper into the Bible? Join this group of men taking a concentrated look at the book of John on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings each month.
Tuesday Mornings: Start your day off right with coffee and a time of learning through Ray VanderLaan’s videos with a group of other men. This early morning group is a great opportunity to start your day off right. Join them at 6:15 AM and be on your way to work by 7:00 AM.