Our Beginnings: Renton Christian Center was planted in 1982 in the Fairwood area by Alex and Pam Ohlsen and has grown from a team of 9 people to our current size of around 200 attending on Sunday mornings. We began meeting at Fairwood Elementary school until 1988, when we built and moved into our current facility. Between then and now, Sunday morning attendance has swelled at times to over 500 and dropped to as few as 150. But through it all God has kept us strong and committed to our mission in this community!
From Rural to Urban: In the early 2000’s King County decided to clarify which areas would become highly developed urban areas and which ones would remain protected under the title of “rural lands.” At that time RCC was adjacent to, but outside of the Urban Boundary Line. Sensing that we would eventually need to build again, we petitioned the county to include our property within the urban boundary. Miraculously, God granted us favor, the line was moved, and we were given the coveted urban status. Read all about it in A Miracle in the Making.
A Season of Building: We are currently in the process of pursuing land directly to the west of us to increase our parking area and add to our meeting and ministry spaces. Although our current attendance may not seem to demand more space, our commitment to serving our community does. God has given us the assignment to serve the hundreds of Elementary and Middle school students that pass by our doors every day, and we’re looking for ways to accommodate them with all kinds of after-school and weekend activities.
Our Denomination: As part of the Foursquare (www.foursquare.org) family, we have a commitment to letting God’s word, the Bible, be our primary source of instruction, as well as sharing the good news of Jesus with everyone we can. Like most Christian denominations, our affiliation with Foursquare provides a clear set of guidelines for doctrine and practice. But our greatest appreciation for the larger denominational family is the relationships, the accountability, and the support we receive from our leaders and fellow pastors. We love their humility and down-to-earth spirituality, their care for our local church, and especially their genuine care for the not-yet-Christians around the world!
Our Passion Today: We have come to the conclusion that sitting around and waiting for people to show up for Sunday morning services is not the best way to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. So we’ve adopted the idea that we will not just go to church – we’re going to be the church! So we’ve become very pro-active in building relationships with students and families in the two schools right across the street from us, and with the community around us and are looking for ways to serve them. We’ve found that there are all kinds of practical ways that we can seep into the cracks of our community with the “seasoning salt and warming light” of Jesus and infuse people with a curiosity to know Him more! Get involved now…