WELCOME TO COMPELLED TOGETHER
Making Disciple Makers who make Disciple Makers.
Growing into the likeness of Jesus by being doers of the Word in community.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
The Word of God to be proclaimed, authentic worship of Jesus through song, prayer, and offerings while facilitating a genuine community experience through participation.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU:
A spirit of participation, a willingness to make new friends, and a commitment to applying what you learn from God.
"Probably the newest and scariest investment of Compelled’s time is a new type of Church Plant called “Compelled Together.” Over the years, I have had a stirring to see what would happen if we created a different expression of a worship and community experience. We wonder if it would produce a different result. Over the past few months, we have been meeting with people who are not connected to a church community, or have felt a leading to be a part of something different. We take parts of a contemporary worship service and a community group and blend them together. It could be considered a Worship service/Life group/Compelled training hybrid that is focused on connecting people into a relationship with Jesus while the focus being spiritual growth.
The conviction that has stirred in me is that often when we attend a worship gathering, we observe more than participate. And often we hear the truth of God, but don’t always have an opportunity to wrestle with what was taught or apply the convictions of our heart.
So a small core team and I started to pray, worship, and study scripture. As we did, we realized that being the church is far less about just sitting in the same room together weekly, but to be in one another’s lives; pushing one another towards holiness, striving towards being doers of the word, and ministering to each other through the work of the Holy Spirit in our own lives, while reaching out to those around us with the life giving message of the Gospel.
I know nothing we are dreaming of doing is new under the sun, but as we have practiced this type of worship experience, people have bonded with one another, love for Christ and others has continued to increase, we have grown spiritually through the hearing AND doing of God’s Word, and we have experienced another type of worship expression that has been impossible to keep to ourselves.
On Sunday evening July 17th 2016, we conducted a “preview service” at a church in Sunnyvale Ca, where the core team and people that were invited by the core team came and spent the evening worshiping together in singing, prayer, the reading, and discussing of God’s Word. Honestly, I was in awe of the authenticity and quick connection of this larger gathering of people, who intentionally connected with one another over prayer, worship, laughter, and tears in reverence to a holy and perfect God. I sat speechless as we sang a song in worship, being reminded that for over 10 years I dreamed about being part of a community of people who wanted to pursue, praise and please God together.
At the end of the evening, I asked everyone to share what their “takeaways” were from what was taught and experienced, and the consensus was a spirit of unity and an expectation of authenticity being met. We laughed and praised God for what had just happened, and many stayed for a while to talk, connect and share contact info to grab coffee together in the near future. Many of the core team and others went to In-n’-Out and talked more about what God was stirring in us. Hearing from those who attended this preview service, there has been this consensus of excitement, because for many of us, we didn’t know that this was something that was possible.
We now have a plan as a core to continue to meet weekly to pray, prepare and participate in community with God and one another. We are focused on quality rather than quantity, but it has been very exciting to watch God continue to add to our number. We started with about 10 as a core team, now we have more than 15, and that first preview service had close to 30 people who were personally invited by someone from the core team.
I have been honored and privileged to speak in front of thousands of people in person and on line. I also meet pretty consistently with 12 men weekly at Peets coffee individually and in small groups. I get to influence and meet with many leaders throughout the Bay Area, especially. But I don’t know if I have ever experienced what went on at this preview service of “Compelled Together” . Facilitating a discussion and connection among people who want to pour out their lives may be the most exciting thing I get to do in ministry.
We now meet every week in the south bay area, with the focus of helping one another grow spiritually as we hear and apply God's Word to our lives. When we started the Compelled (Evangelism) trainings, we had no idea what God would do with our efforts. It is so exciting to be able to be a part of a community that exists to make much of Jesus, while being available to those exploring faith who have questions and would like to wrestle with the claims of Jesus in an authentic environment.
In August of 2017 Compelled Together and Church of the Valley merged to become "One church, two expressions, reaching a city!" in Santa Clara California. We are now truly multi generational as we attempt to grow more into the likeness of Jesus together.
If you are looking for a community to help you grow more into the likeness of Jesus, or would like a group of people to help you wrestle through questions about Jesus, contact us, we'd love to have you join us on a Sunday morning some time soon. "
- Tim Reilly
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practiceis like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked, “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.