In John 4 we see Jesus interact with a woman who was looking for nothing and found everything. Much like many of us she had some unfortunate relationships and her identity was probably less than favorable within her own community. Yet at Jacob’s Well, Jesus engaged her in transformative conversation both about who she was and who she could be. He reminded her and the disciples that day that the gospel was for all and it would extend beyond Jerusalem. In this story, Jesus refers to himself as the Living Water of the Well in which we are to draw from. When we draw from Jesus we thirst no more.
For us as a community, we see our gathering times much like we see our time of drawing from a well. We gather together at the Well (As the body of Christ) to encourage and be refreshed by the Living Water. This takes place when we share our giftings and love one another. It is also a place and time where we can generously extend an invitation for others to taste and see. What is great about the Well is that we can take the contents of the well with us and share it with others giving them the hope of Christ.
The interesting parallel to this name and our current community is that the neighborhood we are praying for and pursuing is Short Pump. A landmark water well people used to fill up on their travels as they left town. This seems somewhat symbolic in our day and age as people have passed through this area and quenched a temporary thirst for years. Our hope for the people in this area, whether permanent or just passing through, is that they would receive the message of Jesus and extend it to others so that many would thirst no more.
Why The Well?
Vision: We want to be a Christ centered community, an overflow of Love, Hope and Freedom
Our Mission: Lead people to know and Follow Christ
Our core values are intended to maintain an identity for our church. These values were played out in the early church and we believe are still applicable today. Ultimately we want to make disciples that love God and love others and our core values are intended to keep us focused on that mission. We hope this gives you some idea of who we are and who we want to be in our local city
Simplicity – Keeping the main thing the main thing -“ 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching" (Acts 2:42a Matthew 22:37-40)
Unity - When “I” becomes “We” “the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42b, John 17:23)
Generosity – Extending the heart of Christ by extending our hand “And fthey were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” (Acts 2:45, 1 Peter 4:10)
Integrity – The same on Saturday as you are on Sunday morning “having favor with all the people.” (Acts 2:47, 1 Peter 1:15)
In December of 2016 Josh Turner and Mike Bard met to discuss a future partnership through the planting of a new church. The aspiration was to plant a church that would reach out to the far from God and build up a strong reflection of God through His people. In May of 2016 Josh had started a group in the Short Pump area of the west end of the Richmond metroplex. Over the months he had invited Mike to consider partnering with him as the church planter. In December they both decided to move forward and shift the group toward a planting phase.
Currently the church is meeting in Innsbrook for Sunday worship gatherings.