We are a church in Meridian and located at Mountain View High School, but we have people that come from Boise, Nampa, and many other parts of the Treasure Valley. It can be intimidating to walk into church for the first time, so to ease your mind here's an overview of what you’ll experience the first time you visit Real Life.
There is plenty of parking in front of Mountain View High School. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to find parking and make your way to the auditorium.
Signage will help guide you every step of the way - from the parking lot to your seat. Our greeters look forward to seeing you!
Kids are a priority at Real Life! We have safe, fun and age-specific classes for kids up to the 5th grade. For the safety of your children, they will need to be checked in at our Lifer Kid check-in stations. Kids are always welcome to join parents during the service as well.
Grab a coffee or a drink before or after the service! Totally free of charge and another small way of saying, "Thanks for being here."
Services are around 70 minutes. The overall vibe of the service is high-energy, casual, and encouraging.
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During our services, you'll never be singled out as a visitor. You aren't expected to participate in the offering. You can remain entirely anonymous, if you like.
In 2008, God launched a work in the Treasure Valley that has truly been a miracle to witness. Bill Heydorn & Justin Jordan along with their families came together to start a church because of God's leading. In addition, an existing church chose to close its doors and help fund a new church that would reach unchurched people and disciple them. In partnership with our "mother church", Real Life Ministries located in Post Falls, ID we embarked on the journey of reaching the 357,000 people in the Treasure Valley who don't know Christ. These people's generosity, investment & partnership is a major part of the reason we exist today.
On October 12, 2008, we met for the first time at Edward's Theater in Boise, Idaho. Those facilities met our needs for a time, but as we grew we needed a more accommodating facility. In 2010 we moved to Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho. God brought together the leaders of the church along with their families together to continue to build upon what previous leaders had built with the power of God's spirit.
God has been gracious to us and we feel very blessed to see all of the people God brings each week to our church. With all of the blessings and bumps along the way, we have learned to trust God and know He wants His church to succeed even more than we do. We try each day to stay in step with Him & put Him on display as we are "reaching the world for Jesus, one person at a time!"
Real Life Ministries is a place where Jesus & real life meet! We are a bunch of imperfect people following a perfect God who loves us unconditionally. We exist to reach the world for Jesus ... one person at a time because Jesus’ church cares about who Jesus cares about. We are invited to join Jesus at work in our world. We are all in a process of becoming who Jesus called us and designed us to be individually as disciples and together as his church. We are a church focused on reaching Meridian, Boise, Nampa and the entire Treasure Valley. Our method for achieving this strategy is a four step process. The stages in order are Pursue, Connect, Give and Multiply.
We pursue people like Jesus pursues people.
We get connected into relationship. We are made for relationship. We are better together.
We give of our time, talents & finances for the Kingdom of God. We give our lives away for the sake of the Gospel.
We raise up disciples and leaders. We will multiply ourselves into people, multiplying leaders and multiplying churches.
The values of this eldership, staff, and leadership team has been fought for and labored over for years. We will relentlessly pursue these to be true of each of us. We will protect this culture. We will call each other to this culture. We will celebrate this culture. We will hold each other accountable to this culture. We cherish this culture.
VALUE #1 - JESUS
We are people who trust and follow Jesus
Jesus is our model example for everything. We believe not only that Jesus is divine, His message is divine, & we believe His methods are divine. We will be disciples of Jesus.
We are people of the Text
We will wrestle through ideas, thoughts, feelings and the truth of Scripture with God.
We are people of prayer
We value taking all our desires, feelings, thoughts, struggles and joys to God.
We are present in every moment with the Holy Spirit
We know the Holy Spirit is ready to help us and desires for us to capture every moment of Him speaking to us and through us.
We trust the story the Father is telling
We stay faithful with little. Jesus gives us more. We trust the story Jesus is telling.
VALUE #2 - RELATIONSHIP
We are people of relationship
We will chase for relationship and make sure we live in peace with everyone.
We build trust
The foundation of real relationship is trust. We will be a church that builds trust with as many as possible through our relationships and leadership. We will build trust by listening.
We are devoted to each other, we journey together
We desire to live in unity as Jesus instructed and to love each other and carry each other’s burdens until Jesus returns.
We forgive each other
We desire to be a church that works through conflict and forgives each other when we hurt each other, not if we hurt each other.
We walk in humility
We believe humility is how Jesus called his disciples to walk and continue the process of learning never believing we have arrived.
We capture the moment
Intentionality in relationship is a switch we keep on all the time.
VALUE #3 - GROWTH
We die to ourselves
We will live a life of selfless serving and living a life like Jesus: this changes the world.
We are learners
Self-starters and self-motivated to learn and grow and to listen deeply. We will live with a posture of humility.
We crave honest feedback
We desire to grow and mature in the likeness of Jesus. Living in a world of self deception hinders this desire and longing.
We take our next steps
We never arrive. We’re always leaning in. We pursue, connect, give and multiply individually.
We do whatever it takes
We will live with supernatural passion that drives our hearts and only comes from the Holy Spirit
We are all in a process of maturing and learning what God may have for us. If an individual does not have a clear desire and need for change, very little can be done to help them mature and grow.
VALUE #4 - ACTION
We find people’s potential
Jesus’ church is all about people development. Jesus has given us the people to take the next step. We will leverage the gifts Jesus has given us.
We bless our community and the world
We put God on display through generosity and show our community and the world the Good News.
We don’t go alone
We are team players and team builders. Go fast: go alone. Go far: go together.
VALUE #5 - MULTIPLY
We make disciples
The Jesus movement is a movement of multiplication. Jesus’ desire is that each of us would take up the mantle of discipleship and raising someone else up to make disciples.
We own the mission
We are owners of Jesus’ mission. He desires for us to partner with Him.
We invite people into God’s story & agenda
We will invite people into a relationship and partnership with God to help redeem the world.
The Bible is God's Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is God-inspired, it is our authority for humans and the church.
Scripture References: Psalms 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Scripture References: Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to claim His own and take them to Heaven.
Scripture References: Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
Scripture References: John 14:16-17, 16:7-13, 17; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. This is evidenced by repentance, confession, baptism by immersion, and a life committed to His service.
Scripture References: John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
Theology with the End in Mind:
These are the primaries of the Christian faith. These primaries are what make Christianity different than all other world religions. With that being said, we have to remember that the goal of the Christian faith is to continually move to this end in mind that Jesus claimed:
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus’ Attitude & Action:
”The ultimate measure of any church's impact is whether or not it produces believers who model the attitude and actions of Jesus. At the end of the day, all else is basically dust in the wind.” –Gary Black