Open Life 101 Notes



Welcome to Open Life 101…we developed this to help you discover outside of the context of sharing a vision moment within a talk…what we do, how we intend to do what we do and why we do it.  

“You cannot expect what you do not express”

Proverbs 27:23 (NIV)
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;

Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.



Ephesians 4:1–7 & 11-16 (NIV84)
… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
….Continue in Verse 11…11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

We are each members of a body, this church thing has organizational aspects, but its more accurately described as a family or a body.

At Open Life, membership is based on participation beyond proclamation.

The difference between a member and an attender is simple, commitment.

Membership is not being approved to join a club with discounts, rights and privileges.  Membership is becoming part of the family, or the body if you will, with shared mission, vision, values and responsibilities.

This is our desire within the term and practice of membership.  We want to celebrate what the “active joined body” can do when together.  We want to celebrate together through membership.

We crafted our bylaws in a way that would allow our members to have a voice but not have to vote on every decision we make.  (You can view a copy of our bylaws on our membership page on

Our Story  


Unexpected Opportunity

1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

Being a church is not about creating church people, but making Jesus known

  • What is the problem that we could uniquely be gifted to address? – 80,000 people without Jesus, 50% of whom will never enter the doors of a church and hear an adequate presentation of the gospel let alone experience an expression or demonstration of the love of Jesus.
  • We would have to get outside the church to impact the lost (this farthest 50%)…seek and save the lost!  Be present! Many touches

Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV84)
7 … seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you… Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

We launched on January 10, 2010 in the Regal Theater…in March 2011 we moved to Victor Falls Elementary and in August of 2011 we moved where we currently meet at Bonney Lake High School, in December of 2013 we launched out our first apprentice to plant Living Hope in Sumner at Sumner Middle School.

Ezekiel 36:8–11 (NIV84)
8 “ ‘But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

We didn’t launch with all of our stuff figured out.  We discovered our values…fine tuned our cultures and really found that our behaviors resonated with not only those seeking Jesus but with our community as well.

Our story…is only as powerful as your story…in fact you are our story.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV)
19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

Core Beliefs


The Bible - God speaking to all people

The Bible is the Owners Manual for Life. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without mixture of error and completely relevant to our daily lives.
(2 Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)


There is one true God

God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one. God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth. While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, John 8:54-59, Genesis 1-2, Matthew 28:19)


Man Sinned

Man was created in perfection, in the image of God. However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God. That first sin had several ripple effects. Man was excommunicated from the garden of Eden, a curse was pronounced, the process of physical death began, and man died spiritually. Sin separated humankind from God and left man in what is referred to as a fallen or sinful condition.
(Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:6, Genesis 3:23, Genesis 3:14-19, Genesis 2:17, Romans 5:12-19, Ephesians 2:11-18,Romans 3:23)

Man Saved

There is one way to be saved; Jesus. Jesus is God’s solution to man’s problems…He initiated it, we are the recipients of it. Jesus died on the cross to pay for what our sins deserved. He offers each of us a way out for our sins and wants us to become children of God. When we put our faith in Jesus our sins are forgiven and forgotten.
(John 14:6, John 3:16, I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 9:26, John 1:12, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Revelation 3:5, Philippians 3:20-21,John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-7, Hebrews 8:12)


Jesus is the Son of God

Jesus is the Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His taking our sin upon Himself through death on the cross; His bodily resurrection from the dead; and His exaltation to the right hand of God.
(Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:4,5, Acts 2:22; 10:37-38, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Matthew 28:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Acts 1:9,11, Philippians 2:9-11)


The Holy Spirit

His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, is our power to witness, gives us spiritual fruit; making us more like Christ; empowering us to build His church.
(Genesis 1:2, Psalms 51:11; 139:7, Isaiah 61:1-3, Joel 2:28-32, Mark 1:10, Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12, John 15:26;16:7-14, Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2, Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Peter 1:21,Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 1 Corinthians 14:26-33)

The Church

The Church is the body of Christ and has a three-fold purpose: To share Jesus with the world, to worship God, and to equip individuals for ministry.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12)



There will be a day when the dead will be resurrected and judged. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds. Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, along with the devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. Choosing to follow Jesus results in your name being written in the Book of Life.
(Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 2:1-9, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Revelation 20:11-15)

Mission, Vision, Values  


The difference between a member and an attender is simple, commitment.

Membership is not being approved to join a club with discounts, rights and privileges.  Membership is becoming part of a family with shared mission, vision, values and responsibilities.


People leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”




Luke 10:1-12
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Vision – Why we do it?

Romans 12:13 (NIV)
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)
2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

We Help People Experience Jesus

The drive behind everything we do is helping people experience Jesus; his love, forgiveness and hope. We help people experience Jesus through our lives.
How are you helping people experience Jesus?


We're Present With Our Community

We do life shoulder to shoulder with those around us. We show up when opportunities arise, and live visibly active along side our community. You can’t lead those you don’t know, love and serve.
How are you active within the culture around you?

We're Uncomplicated

We keep things simple so people have space to do life with those around them and remain present with their community.
Do you have margin in your life?


We're Generous

Considering the needs of others above ourselves is key in experiencing a life that is truly worth living. Going above expectations in meeting the needs of others is a risk we are quick to pursue.
Are you unselfishly giving your time and resources?



 We don’t pretend, ignoring the realities of life. We walk through life with each other embracing both the mess and the good life brings.
Is your life free from facade?


We Have Fun

We intentionally and intuitively create a culture of fun in order to love life to the full.
Are you having fun?



Acts 2:42–47 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

There is only so deep you can go when in the temple courts.  We must be both and, continuing to find the temple court moments a priority and safe place to discover the faith, AND meeting in homes…eating together and discovering the glad and sincere hearts…joy, favor.


These guys get the fact that life was a team sport.

The church has something that can be a blessing to it’s community and create health for growing our relationship with others and Jesus… Groups – promote the development of relationships with Jesus and each.

Without purposeful social interaction it is impossible to truly sustain a movement.

  1. Public Spaces
  2. Social Spaces
  3. Relational Spaces
  4. Intimate Spaces

CALL TO ACTION: Join or Lead a group.

We need to recognize our mission within the groups we’re already a part of in community and prioritize the groups we should intentionally create space for in our lives.

What our goal is:
That every person coming to Open Life has relationship with others.

How we get there:

We have a continuous flow of groups all year round.  Eventually reaching the point where we have a group(s) meeting every day of the week.  We create seasonal onramps to groups.
Tools | App & Website



Mark 10:41-45
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus didn’t come to be served, he came to serve all people.

Philippians 2:3-8
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

We simply Serve God, and we Serve Others.

Serving is both valued in the church and in the community.

CALL TO ACTION: You need to volunteer on a serve team.

Volunteering on a serve team.

Community Events

Do you love to serve your neighbors?  We believe we were created to bless and through blessing we are blessed.  Sign up here if you would like to be informed every time we have a community event coming.



Production/Set Up-Tear Down Teams

Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and value excellence? Like the thought of working “behind the scenes” to help create a smooth running environment? Have a truck that can pull 10,000 pounds? Production offers both technical and non-technical opportunities for volunteers.



Administration Team

Are you a data-entry wiz? Like the thought of assisting with simple or complex projects? The administration team works behind the scenes to ensure that follow up and connections happen.



Kids Life Team

Passionate about investing into the lives of kids? Kids Life has opportunities from interacting directly with kids and behind the scenes roles. No matter what gifts or abilities you have, use them to impact the next generation.



Student Life Team

Passionate about investing into the lives of youth? Student Life has opportunities from interacting directly with students 6th to 12th grade and behind the scenes roles. No matter what gifts or abilities you have, use them to impact the next generation.



Prayer Team

Love people? Want to agree with people in prayer one on one at the altar following service? This is a great team for you.



Worship Team

Do you play an instrument or sing? We have a variety of roles open at all times, all you have to do is express your talent so we can work you into shadowing a rehearsal and discover your skill level.



Hospitality Team

Love people? Love coffee? Want to help create a lasting first experience for our guests at Open Life? The hospitality team provides you the opportunity to do just that, through one on one conversations or behind the scenes volunteering with a smile roles.



Communication Team

If you lack stage fright we have opportunities for you. From welcome, prayer, closing, offering talks to preaching we would love to know your interested in communication. Communicate through graphics, video and images as well.


Tools to help you serve Jesus & each other

Planning Center Online App/Web



Romans 12:13 (NIV)
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  .

Sharing our time, talent and treasure with God is a heart decision.  It’s really the core of generosity.

2 Corinthians 9:6, 11, 13 (NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God…13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

We believe we should share with God and others our time, treasures and talents.

Key Thought…

  • Sharing with God is obedience that accompanies your confession

Romans 12:6–8 (NIV)
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  

CALL TO ACTION:  Membership Challenge

Membership Challenge  


The measurable qualifications for membership, beyond personally choosing to follow Jesus as Lord, are as follows:

90 Day Memberize Process


  1. Regularly attend and invite people to the Church
  2. Participate in groups


  1. Volunteer on a serve team for the Church


  1. Go all in!
  2. Give generously and participate in offerings

Grow in your giving

  • 1st time giver
  • occasional giver
  • consistent giver
  • generous giver
  • extravagant giver

Part of family is sharing resources, but still another is the power of sharing story. Share the stories of Open Life

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