Raleigh, NC, September 09, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Rock Church of Raleigh, announces the September 11, 2011 launch of a church that promises to Rock the face of religion and the city of Raleigh, NC.
This Sunday, The Rock Church’s launch day is designed to offer a non-threatening environment for people to test drive this new church. This new church firmly believes that people really want to make meaningful contact with God but religion keeps getting in the way.
“We prefer a relationship with God over religious rhetoric,” said Pastor Derrick Phillips, The Rock Church of Raleigh’s Senior Pastor. “It sucks the life right out of the most liberating lifestyle imaginable. Jesus didn’t come to this planet to enslave us with a bunch of rules. He came to free us. That’s our message.” Pastor Derrick and his wife Latonya are excited about launching a ministry that God will build, having served in ministry for over 10 years. The name, The Rock Church comes from the scripture in Matthew 16:18, “…Upon this rock , I will build my church.”
The Rock presents those an exciting vision and mission to present this metropolitan region with a five star ministry that impacts people with Worship, Word, Witness, Wholeness, and World Missions. They believe that there are people who have run away from the church but not from God.
The Rock’s optimistic enthusiasm is well founded. They began with informal, weekly bible classes in the Brier Creek Community Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. From the onset they appealed to people that have been marginalized by traditional religious groups; those that have been disillusioned and disenfranchised from Church.
“We just want to make a difference,” said Phillips whose excitement and passion was nearly infectious. According to Phillips, the difference The Rock strives to achieve is represented by its mantra to Teach, Train, and Transform lives through the revelation of Jesus Christ. They claim that anyone visiting The Rock will be inspired by the relevant and life changing ministry that will empower believers to go and spread this life changing ministry.
However, Phillips was quick to add that the ministries of The Rock are not solely relational or spiritual but also practical. “Prayer is powerful,” Phillips said, “but prayer supported by action changes lives.” The action Phillips refers to comes in the form of feeding and clothing the homeless, the establishment and support of recovery programs, assistance in obtaining suitable living conditions for those without as well as financial and job placement assistance wherever practical or possible. To this Phillips added, “We endeavor to do what other churches won’t, so we can accomplish what other churches can’t!”
The Rock calls itself a church with a whole new method. “We’re not like other churches,” claimed Phillips. “We will use all of the tools that we can to reach people where they are. Whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, social media, or other phone apps, we want to spread this gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The Rock’s Sunday worship experiences will be held each Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road in Raleigh, NC. This Sunday will include a special message by Pastor Derrick Phillips.
“It is our sincerest hope that people will find a connection to God and a revelation of who God is that they never dreamed possible,” said Phillips. Then he commented on The Rock’s dress code. “People can come dressed up or casual, we just want them to meet the most important guest, God. God isn’t impressed by what you wear.”
The Rock Church of Raleigh is a non-denominational Christian church based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Weekly Sunday services start at 10:00 AM at the Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27613. The church’s website can be found at http://www.rockthecitync.org