I LOVE this church! The people here have become family to me. I know there is always help for me in this place because God is here. I have never been judged or condemned here, only loved. Even in my darkest hour, when I couldn't see God or had given up on Him, He used the people here to remind of His love. The pastors and people here really care about the people in the church, and also about the community. It's a place where the pastors aren't running the show by themselves; everyone serves and leads. It's a place where I can make a difference, and where God's presence is STRONG! I know He is working here because I have seen it in countless lives changed, including my own. If you need a family and a place to always find God, I pray that you come here because I know you will find His peace and belong. And I pray that the attacks of the enemy against this church and its pastors will cease, in Jesus name! I know someday He will expose every lie spoken about this place and its pastors. All praise be to God for Mount Olivet!
This church rocks in APPLE VALLEY, MINNESOTA. Our pastor is one of the greatest, loving men you will ever meet. He is so relaxed yet fired up for God. I believe Michelle's negative remarks refer to APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA.
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I began this church as a single mother. I was welcomed in, like any of the countless other churches I have been to. I was never looked down upon because of my situation and neither was my daughter. EVERYONE knew and loved my daughter. I never once saw a Pastor directly/indirectly harming anyone in any way. In fact, it was this church that changed my life. I think, Michelle, that you may have some other issues outside of what you have described that you need help with. It is hard not to blame others when we make mistakes.
I will be honest and tell you that when you commit yourself to God- it is more than a full-time job- and I fail everyday at being perfect;) But I still try- that's all any of us can do.
The Pastors at this church use humor and everyday situations in their sermons to point out to us all, what we need to do to stay on the path (course correction).
If your constantly going back to your old habits, honestly speaking, there are tons of resources for getting help/along with building your spiritual life:)
Even though I have moved out of state- I still download sermons and tithe when I can. This church is academically rich with information- I learn SO much with each sermon it's unbelieveable! It is fun. There are rules to follow- the ones in the Bible.
I still sing/ dance...and I don't wear turtle necks and skirts to the floor or cover my head- it is not that kind of place AT ALL!
Any place that tells you it's ok to do what you are doing-if it's bad- is not a church I would want to belong to. I am a better person because of the Pastors here.
If you are looking for a church where the Pastors just read passages from the Bible then sing a bit and dismiss you- this is not the place for you. It's fun upbeat and 'in the now'.
Sometimes Michelle, it's easy to be sensitive and take things the wrong way- this happens to us all:) I'm Polish and have to endure Polish jokes all the time- I dont think there are quite as many about Lutherans:) I hope you find what it is your looking for:)
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First, you have to know going into this church that it is Assembly of God and they have extremely stiff rules: no dancing, no secular music, no R-rated movies and of course nothing worse than that like smoking, drinking (any), gambling, etc...
People outside this church, who are not saved are called "heathens" by the pastors.
New people come in and are treated like gold because they are usually unsaved, "heathens" who need help. So, you are invited to give your life to Jesus and become saved. All your sins are forgiven. Everyone loves you.
But, when you are a member, when you need help with sin and are open and honest about it, keep in mind that you will be judged, punished and maybe told to leave. Because you should not have any sin in your life after you are saved.
The pastors are not humble. They visit other churches and "do not see the Holy Spirit working there" and do not like the worship. But of course they brag heavily about themselves and their worship music.
Lutherans are the brunt of many jokes and mean comments and can lead one to think that they only church going to heaven is the AG church.
You can't question any of this because, "You do not question authority." So, you can never voice an opinion that goes against them.
About 30 families, including other pastors, have left in the past 2 years because of the way they were treated by the head pastors.
The focus of this church has changed to youth, not adults and families. Though, they will get unsuspecting families because the kids are attending.
They do not tell you about their beliefs on the website. Go to ag.org and dive deep into their position papers.
There are 3 other churches in the area that are affiliated with AG, but do not have Assembly of God in their name because of the bad reputation they are getting.
The outward appearance and actions of this church are very deceiving.
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If you are looking for a church that will love and care for you know matter what or who you are...this is the place. Or are you looking for a place to find the deeper meaning in life? Well this is the place! Their are a ton of activities besides normal sunday and wednesday services. We have a MOMs group, Single adults group, a great youth group, a senior citzens group, as well as small groups, and a great children's ministry. Their are tons of others as well! Come on out and check them out, and be loved as Christ would love you. I promise you won't be disappointed.
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.