About The OC
A Letter from Pastor Rich.
Recently my father, Pastor Rick Tidwell, called me to share a new idea he received during prayer; planting a satellite church, a sister of Ponce Church, in Ormond Beach with myself as the head Pastor. As he proceeded to tell me that he believed I was ready to answer the call to Pastoral ministry, I heard the voice of the Lord saying as He did to Isaiah, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” to which I replied “Here am I, Send me!”
Weeks before this phone conversation, I had been sharing with Brandi that I felt an urgency to transition into full-time ministry during prayer, I just didn’t know exactly how or when. Upon receiving the unique and unexpected phone call from my father as well as many friends and family subsequently telling us “you should start a church” and “if you had a church, I would go to it,” we both knew God was confirming it was time.
Does Ormond Beach really need another church?
In the coming weeks God began to pour out His vision for the church into our hearts. The bizarre part? He revealed to us that He does not want another church, no seriously. We were shocked, He called us to start a church and then told us He doesn’t want another one… “What does that even mean God?”
He doesn’t want another beautifully grand building, led by another lavish living Pastor, filled only with self-righteous middle and upper-class members, listening to highly skilled professional worship, demanding more programs to comfort the already comforted, being entirely focused on building up itself rather than building up its community. No, He’s not looking for another church of this kind; instead He wants His Church. He is resurrecting the old, reviving the ancient, restoring His original Church; The church of Acts.
How will we be different?
Our new church will not be like the temple you’d find in Jerusalem during Jesus’ time, with its exquisite stone palace, fancy marketplace, wealthy ministers, and haughty self-righteous members. We’ll be more like the congregation of John the Baptist; meeting in the desert, eating locusts and honey, preaching “he that hath two give one”, and baptizing in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Like the church in Acts 2:44-47 and Acts 4:32-35; we’ll gather wherever we can, welcoming all sinners, teaching people the truth, challenging them to truly repent (Acts 26:20, Matt 3:8), fellowshipping together, praying for one another, laying hands on the sick (James 5:15), and encouraging the church to give generously to the poor in gratitude for the great grace God has generously poured upon them (2 Cor 9:12).
We will function “more like a charity than a church”; dedicating the majority of our funds towards the poor and oppressed.
We will use the tithe as God commands, directing relief to “the Levite (priest/church), the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger” (Deut 26:12, 14:28-29). After meeting our Monthly Administration Threshold, a maximum of 25% will be designated for programs, marketing, facilities and salaries while a minimum of 75% will be designated to charitable causes including supporting orphans, adoptions, foster care, single mothers, struggling families, widows, homeless, and foreigners. (Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4:34-35, James 1:27)
Like a charity we will be transparent and forthcoming with our budget, publicly offering our expense reports throughout the year so that people may see where their money is going and who it is helping. Our pastoral family will likewise be forthcoming with our salary and general monthly expenses.
Monthly Administration Threshold
In order to continue monthly operations and to allow our Pastoral team to devote their time and effort towards the health of the church, as well as the administration of charitable efforts, their basic living expenses must first be met. We call this the Monthly Administration Threshold. (2 Chron 31:4, 1 Cor 9:14)
Once the administration threshold is met for the month, remaining funds are designated to charitable causes according to the budget structure outlined above. You may learn all about our unique budget strategy here!
Who will we be reaching?
“The Least” important people of society will be the most important people to us because according to Matthew 25:31-46 & Luke 9:48, how we treat “the least” reflects how we treat Jesus; if we love “the least” we love Jesus (Matt 25:40, 35-36), if we are indifferent toward “the least” we are indifferent toward Jesus (Matt 25:45, 42-43). Furthermore, if we can love “the least” of our neighbors, we can certainly love all of our neighbors!
Our front rows and best seats will not be reserved for the pastors, the rich and beautiful, or powerful city officials… they will be reserved for the poor, the ignored, and the broken; these will be our weekly guests of honor (James 2:3-4). Our outreach festivals and banquets will be to serve the unserved, offer comfort to the uncomfortable and to treat the disheveled as royalty (Luke 14:13-14).
We desire to be an interdenominational, multicultural congregation filled with all social classes (Acts 10:34-35). We welcome anyone who wants to get to know Jesus better as well as “give back” and improve the lives of the poor, oppressed, and struggling. We will focus our evangelism efforts on attracting those who are not currently attending church, both believers and nonbelievers, as well as those who are discouraged by the misuse of finances in the modern church.
Although all Christians will be warmly welcome, it is not our desire to attract a congregation full of seasoned Christians who regularly attend another church. We do not want to engage in what we call “Christians evangelizing Christians” by inviting the already churched (Rom 15:20-21). Rather, like the early church of Acts, we desire to connect with, serve, and disciple the currently unchurched and unbelieving as well as those who may have been hurt by the Christian church in the past.
We will compel our members to pursue friends and family, coworkers and acquaintances, believers and skeptics, and all who have not felt comfortable or welcomed in today’s modern church culture to join us in our efforts of relieving human suffering. As we preach the Gospel with word and demonstrate Jesus’ love through generosity (1 John 3:17-18, Col 3:17), we believe God will be glorified (Matt 5:16) and authentic salvations will follow as they did in the book of Acts. (Acts 2:44-45, 47)
What Denomination is the Ormond Church?
We will not associate with a denomination as the inherent purpose of these associations is to divide the church and the Apostle Paul adamantly rebuked them (1 Cor 1:12-13, 1 Cor 3:3-4). We will rather welcome all Christians to attend, including those who do not share in all of our doctrines. We will not consider our church superior to others (Phil 2:3) but will strive for unity (Eph 4:3-5), encouraging fellow Christian churches to join us in our pursuit of relieving both the spiritual and material poverty of our neighbors (Heb 10:24).
What will the Ormond Church do?
We will gather to give generously in gratitude for God’s amazing grace! (2 Cor 9:12-15) We will both preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in word while demonstrating His mercy and love through acts of generosity (John 14:11, 10:37-38, 1 John 3:17-18, James 2:18, 1 Peter 3:1).
We will rescue our neighbors from their material poverty, and when they ask us why, we will share with them it is because Jesus rescued us from our spiritual poverty, and wants to rescue them too.
We will be outwardly focused, caring more for others than we do for ourselves (Romans 12:10, 1 Tim 1:15); relieving the oppression of the fatherless, widows, single mothers, sickly, and homeless strangers in our local community and abroad (Deut 15:11). We will get busy building Heaven on Earth and letting our light shine as we do good deeds for all people so that God will be glorified in our city, nation, and world! (Matt 5:16)
How can you help?
We would like to offer you the opportunity to partner with us in helping relieve human suffering! Under the “About” section on our main menu above, we have outlined our vision, mission, purpose, and budget as well as other information about The OC. Furthermore, if you are excited about what The OC has planned, feel free to help get the word out by sharing our videos, sermons, website, and other resources with your friends on social media!
In addition, if you are interested in contributing to the needs of others both locally and globally, you can find many opportunities under “Give” in the main menu. Finally, the best way to get to know us is to visit us during our next service! We would be absolutely delighted and thrilled if you decide to visit us for worship this upcoming Sunday!
In closing, thank you so much for your love and prayerful support. Please feel free to browse around to learn more about The OC and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or requests. May the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ follow you all the days of your life!
With love and gratitude,
Senior Pastor, The Ormond Church