|"Brett, I cursed that Community of Joy when they left|
ELCA, so watch your step."
The Glory Has Departed
Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Below are some commonly asked questions regarding the recent merger between Community Church of Joy and Dream City Church. If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-867-7117
Why is Community Church of Joy merging with Dream City Church?
This is the realization of a God-given joint vision of the senior pastors and leadership at Community Church of Joy and Dream City Church. The merger will will help us enhance our worship and teaching experience, as well as expand ministry opportunities and give us a greater impact on the Glendale community to reach more people for Christ.
What denomination is Dream City Church? How does this affect our Lutheran heritage?
Dream City Church and Community Church of Joy share a vision for reaching the community and seeing lives transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. While Dream City Church’s roots are Assemblies of God, and Joy’s roots are Lutheran, we believe this is a monumental step in a movement that will break down denominational walls. We are joining together in unity with a like-minded purpose and a joint mission to lead people into a fully-devoted relationship with Jesus Christ by loving people, cultivating community, and inspiring hope.
What changes can I expect to occur?
Since Joy is now part of the Dream City Church family, we have changed our name to Dream City Church, Joy Campus. Over the next few weeks you will see a rebranding process taking place to reflect our new name.
The new service times are 9:00 & 11:00 am to coincide with the other Dream City campuses. The first service will remain as our Traditional service, with classic elements of worship, liturgy and scripture read corporately. The second service will have a more contemporary worship style. Both services will include a message streamed from the Phoenix or Scottsdale campus.
Over the next few weeks and months you will see some changes in the ministry opportunities we offer. We will be rolling out new classes to help you connect with others and grow spiritually.
My kids go to school at Joy. How will they be affected?
Joy Christian School will not be affected by this transition. The school will operate as usual through the transition and afterward.
Will there be a midweek service?
All Dream City Church campuses are invited to the Phoenix campus for midweek service, every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. This is a special time for the entire Dream City Church family to come together for extended worship and in-depth biblical teaching from one of our teaching pastors. The First Wednesday of every month features a special guest speaker. Past speakers include Rick Bezet, Charles Nieman, and Chris Hodges.
Is Pastor Walt Kallestad still the pastor at Joy?
Pastor Walt is still a member of the church and he will be assisting us through the transition, but he has deferred to Dream City Church to shepherd the congregation. Luke Barnett, Senior Pastor of Dream City Church, is now the main contributor to the weekend teaching and preaching.
What about the other pastors and staff at Joy?
The associate pastors and staff are staying on and will help through the transition. This is a great opportunity for us to grow together as we expand our reach across the valley.