Beausejour Community Church is the result of God answering prayer. For years, people in and around the Beausejour area had been praying for the Lord to do something new in their community. By the beginning of 1992, everyone sensed the answer to their prayers was on the way. Two couples met in March of 1992 to pray about raising up a new church fellowship in the area. They began meeting in a large home just across the bridge in the St. Ouens area for a time of singing and prayer.
These meetings began to grow almost immediately. People from all different walks of life began to come and enjoy the fellowship. From May until August of 1992, Pastor Wally Wildman from Winnipeg (who was also the founding pastor of Springs back in 1980) served as Interim Pastor. Pastor Mac Dumcum, then of Portage La Prairie, began to serve the congregation in August of the same year, and was called to be the full-time pastor in October.
On November 22, 1992, the congregation of this little church family ratified a Constitution and a Statement of Faith, and inducted 22 charter members into what was then called Beausejour Christian Fellowship. After meeting a couple of times in the old United Church Building on Fourth Street, and Sunday nights in the Baptist Church, negotiations were made with the Beau-Head Seniors Association for the use of their facility on Sunday mornings. The church continued meeting there until they purchased the old MacLeod’s store in September of 2002.
Pastor Mac Dumcum led the congregation from October of 1992 until November 1998, when Sheldon Savage was appointed as the Interim Pastor for a period of six months. After Pastor Sheldon completed his interim role, BCC was without a lead pastor from April of 1999 until January of 2000 when Roland Rendell was brought in as the new Lead Pastor.
In May of 2001, the name of the church was changed from Beausejour Christian Fellowship to Beausejour Community Church to reflect the fact that our church is here for the community. In June of 2002, the church became affiliated with the Canadian Foursquare Gospel Church .
In November of 2006, Roland and his family moved away, and in January of 2007, Chris Jordan was installed as the new Lead Pastor of BCC. He and his wife Liza moved here from Surrey, BC with their four children, Caleb, Tori, Austin and Hannah. From 2010-2014, Pastor Chris and Liza took four teams from the church on a summer mission trip to Costa Rica. They partnered together with Canadian missionaries John and Debbie Overholt. These trips were life-changing experiences for everyone involved.
Then in October of 2016 Pastor Benjamin Boutwell along with his wife Anna Boutwell took over as lead pastors. They arrived with two kids and since have added another to their family - Micaiah, Judah, and Boaz.
One of our church’s unique features right from the beginning was that it was primarily made up of young families. This is unique because many of the churches in town are predominantly made up of older people. This has led BCC to gear its services to reaching the younger generation, while not excluding the older ones.
The people of BCC want everyone who walks through the door to know that they are loved by God and the members of the church. Our simple motto is Loving God and Loving People.
In 2017, Beausejour Community Church celebrated 25 years of ministry. For over 25 years, our church has been a lighthouse in our community, providing hope, healing and restoration to all people. As we look to the future, our prayer is that we would continue to be a source of encouragement and comfort to our community.
1. We value: WORSHIP – Loving God
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38). Our highest calling as believers is to love God – to worship Him – with all of our hearts.
2. We value: FELLOWSHIP – Loving People
Jesus said, “The second greatest commandment is: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39). Our church is called to be a place of love, acceptance and forgiveness, one that provides hope, healing and restoration for people’s broken lives.
3. We value: DISCIPLESHIP – Teaching and Training People
God has called us to equip His people through His Word to do His work and build up the church, and to help God’s children to grow spiritually – becoming more and more like Jesus every day. ("to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ". Eph. 4:12-13).
4. We value: MINISTRY – Releasing Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God has given spiritual gifts to each all believers. We want to help people discover and develop their gifts so that God's generosity can flow through them. ("Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms".1 Peter 4:10).
5. We value: EVANGELISM – Reaching the Lost
Jesus has called us to go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. We have a responsibility to share God’s love with the people in our community, so that lost people can come to know Jesus personally as their Lord and Savior. ("He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation". Mark 16:15)
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
Beausejour Community Church exists to REACH people with the love of God, to CONNECT them in loving relationships with other Christians, to help them to GROW in their faith through God’s Word, to challenge them to DISCOVER their gifts, and WORSHIP God with their lives.
BEAUSEJOUR COMMUNITY CHURCH VISION STATEMENT:
LOVING GOD AND LOVING PEOPLE
Mission, Vision, and Values of the National Church
MISSION: Our mission is to make disciples who live by the truths of the Foursquare Gospel.
The mission of the Foursquare church stands on the firm foundation of the Great Commission given by Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 28. The goal is not just to make converts, but to make disciples who not only believe, but live by the truths that Jesus is our Saviour, Healer, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit and Soon-coming King.
VISION: Our vision is for an expanding network of healthy Foursquare churches; served by pastors who lead by example; filled with believers who are actively growing and sharing their faith.
The vision is of an expanding network of churches because new church plants have proven very effective in introducing people to Jesus and spreading his gospel. These churches need to be healthy because a healthy church is the best environment for a disciple’s growth. The pastors in the vision “serve” and “lead by example” because servant leadership is what Jesus taught and the lives of our leaders speak louder than their words. The believers in the vision are actively growing because being a follower of Jesus is a journey, not a destination. We seek to grow in our knowledge and likeness of him. Believers share their faith because they have captured the heart of Jesus for the lost and use their own story to introduce people to him.
VALUES: We value being interdenominational in spirit, inclusive in leadership, dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power, balanced in doctrine and practice, relational in our methods and global in our reach.”
- We value being interdenominational in spirit because we accept true believers of all denominations as a part of God’s family. We don’t compete with other churches, we cooperate with them when it is helpful and celebrate their victories as members of the same team.
- We value being inclusive in leadership because we believe that God calls men and women, the young and the old, and people from every race to lead his church. As it says in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
- We value being dependent on the Spirit’s power because if the disciples who were trained directly by Jesus needed this power, then how much more do we need it today. We express our dependency through prayer and we minister with an expectation that the Holy Spirit will operate spiritual gifts through us.
- We value being balanced in doctrine and ministry because we believe that knowledge must be balanced with experience, doctrine must be balanced with the fullness of God’s word and ministry should never be expressed through an extremism that turns people away from Christ. We believe that Foursquare doctrine reflects a balanced position on biblical truth.
- We value being relational in our operations because relationships are bridges for ministry and opportunities to express Jesus’ love. This value leads us to embrace a culture of honour and to invest in building, preserving and restoring relationships.
- We value being global in our reach because Jesus’ desire was for us to make disciples of all nations. We have gifts to share with the world and our global interactions also allow us to receive from the gifts of believers in other lands. Investing beyond ourselves also helps us to grow beyond a self-centered approach that would only contribute where we could see gain for our own ministries.
In Essentials Unity
In Non-Essentials Liberty
In All Things Charity (Christian Love)
at BCC We believe in ....
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God: true, immutable, steadfast, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
The Eternal Godhead
We believe that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Three are coexistent, coeternal, and equal in divine perfection (1 John 5:7).
The Fall of Man
We believe that man, created in the image of God, by voluntary disobedience fell into the depths of sin and iniquity, bequeathing sin’s nature and consequences to all mankind, with their accompanying loss of intended meaning and purpose (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12).
The Plan of Redemption
We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, took our place, and with His life’s blood purchased the pardon for all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Titus 2:14).
Salvation Through Grace
We believe that salvation is wholly through grace; that no human righteousness or merit can contribute to our receiving God’s love and favor (Ephesians 2:8).
Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that, upon sincere repentance and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God through Jesus’ sacrificial death (Romans 10:6-10; 1 John 1:9).
The New Birth
We believe that the change that takes place in people at conversion is a very real one; that having received righteousness in Christ and having received of His Spirit, people will have new desires, interests, and pursuits in life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).
Daily Christian Life
We believe that it is the will of God that those who have been born again grow in sanctification, become partakers of His holiness, and daily grow stronger in the faith, power, prayer, love, and service (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an essential response to Jesus’ command, testifying to His lordship as Christ and King (Romans 6:4). We believe in observing the Lord’s Supper, receiving the broken bread and the fruit of the vine with joy and faith as we partake anew of the life and triumph of Christ’s Cross (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace; we expect (though not exclusively) the Spirit’s incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon believers in the days of the Early Church (Acts 1: 5, 8; 2:4).
The Spirit-Filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God that believers walk in the Spirit moment by moment, serving the Lord and living lives of patience, love, truth, sincerity, and prayer (Ephesians 4:30-32; Galatians 5:16, 25).
The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows enabling ministry gifts upon believers, and that these gifts will build up the Body of Christ through edification and evangelism(1 Corinthians 12:1-11); as evidence of a Spirit-filled life, believers should show spiritual “fruit”: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-25).
We believe a Christians’ moderation should be obvious to others and that relationship with Jesus should never lead people into extremes of fanaticism; their lives should model that of Christ in uprightness, balance, humility, and self-sacrifice (Colossians 3:12, 13; Philippians 4:5).
We believe that divine healing is the power of Jesus Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith; He, who does not change, is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the soul and spirit in answer to faith (Mark 16: 17, 18; James 5:14-16).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; the certainty of His coming and the fact that no man knows the hour of His coming prompt our evangelistic efforts; that the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, the dead in Christ shall rise, and the redeemed will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
We believe that it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with a congregation of believers with whom we can worship God, observe the ordinances of Christ, exhort and support one another, labor for the salvation of others, and work together to advance the Lord’s Kingdom (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:24).
We believe that civil government is by divine appointment and that civil laws should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God (Acts 4: 18-20; Romans 13:1-5).
We believe that all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ: the redeemed to be delivered unto everlasting life, and the unrepentant unto everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe that heaven is the glorious habitation of the living God and the eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:2; Revelation 7:15-17).
We believe that hell is a place of darkness, deepest sorrow, and unquenchable fire, which was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels; yet it will become the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Christ as Savior (Matthew 13: 41, 42; Revelation 10:10, 15).
We believe that soul winning is the “one big business” of the Church on earth, and that every hindrance to worldwide evangelism should be removed (James 5:20; Mark 16:15).
Tithing and Offerings
We believe that tithing and offerings are ordained of God to sustain His ministry, spread the Gospel, and release personal blessing (Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16: 1, 2).
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