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Our Vision

Uniting across the spectrum to follow Jesus relentlessly and build his kingdom in Denver.

 

Our Values

UNITY

Spanning age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, doctrine, and church tradition to share life and mission as one family in Christ (John 17: 20-23, 1 Timothy 3:15).

COMMUNION

Cultivating the inner life of prayer, devotion, and holiness through relationship with Jesus (Matthew 6:33, Jeremiah 29:13).

TRUTH

Elevating the Word of God through personal meditation, group study, and exegetical preaching (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Deuteronomy 8:3).

INFLUENCE

Stewarding opportunity in our world to advance God’s kingdom (Daniel 1, Colossians 3:17, Ephesians 5:16).

ADVOCACY

Caring for and defending the marginalized in our local and global society (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27, Psalm 68:5).

WITNESS

Proclaiming the Gospel in the city of Denver through personal relationships and practical expressions of Jesus’ love (Matthew 25:31-40, Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 4:5).

COMMISSION

Partnering in strategic global missions among the world’s least reached and most deprived peoples (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8).

What we believe

Mainstream Evangelical Doctrine

Denver United Church is an interdenominational family of Jesus Christ’s followers. As such, we respect every established theological stream within the span of orthodoxy reflected in the evangelical tradition. Denver United Church purposes to focus on the absolute, non-negotiable truths of Scripture. These truths are capably expressed in two succinct confessions. For centuries, the Apostles’ Creed has united God’s people around a clear, biblical declaration of Christian belief:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Additionally, the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals has emerged from the 20th-century leadership of Billy Graham, Carl Henry, and other fathers of modern evangelicalism as the central code of evangelical Christian doctrine:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

These two confessions comprise our statement of beliefs. In short, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully human and fully divine; the Bible is the Word of God, authoritative for Christian living; people need to be born again through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross by repentance and faith in Christ; and the church is on assignment to establish God’s kingdom on the earth.

Corporate Worship

Our church meetings focus primarily on the indisputable core truths of the Bible. As we are committed to the whole counsel of Scripture, though, Denver United will address matters of scriptural interpretation with spiritual vigor and intellectual honesty, leaving room for all respected interpretations. We are committed to being accessible to the non-church world and unwavering toward God’s eternal truth. Thomas Jefferson put it succinctly: “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

The Condition of Humankind

We recognize human beings to be both made uniquely in the image of God and born with a sinful nature. In Christ, we find redemption from sin and reconciliation with God. Drawing from unnecessarily divergent streams of Christian thought, we acknowledge believers in Christ as both sinners in need of God’s grace and saints growing in the likeness of Jesus. Denver United purposes to aid Christ’s followers in becoming ever more the second and less the first.

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

On the questions of the expression and relevance of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, you might consider Denver United “good sense charismatic.” Recognizing that the two primary sources of power to change and accomplish God’s work in this life are his Word and his Spirit, and believing the scriptural gifts of the Holy Spirit to be current and accessible, we endeavor to apply the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives and ministries.

The Role of the Church

We believe Christ’s church is both a reservoir for his restorative work in people’s lives and a training ground for equipping his followers. As such, Denver United aims to balance facilitating Jesus’ emotional, mental, physical and relational healing in peoples’ lives with his synergistic preparatory work among his saints. We are committed to empowering, synchronizing, and advancing the ministry calling of every Denver United member.

The Sacraments

At Denver United, we practice two sacraments:  communion and water baptism. We believe communion is for believers, is to be practiced regularly in the life of the body, and is a response to Jesus example and command in Scripture to “do this in remembrance of me.”  We draw from the text of 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 to direct our practice. Water baptism (Romans 6:3-5) is a celebration of  the decision to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and a physical demonstration of dying to the old self, being washed clean of sin, and rising to new life in Christ. In the way that the wedding ceremony is a declaration of a marriage covenant, water baptism is an outward declaration of covenant relationship with God. Baptism is an important time for believers to express God’s work in the company of their church family. 

Questions about what we believe? E-mail Pastor Rob.

Church Government

Our Philosophy of Church Polity

Sound government enables vibrant, effective local church ministry.  The Bible teaches that “elders . . . direct the affairs of the church . . .” (1 Timothy 5:17). Under the umbrella of that guidance, Scripture associates a variety of ministerial, administrative and oversight functions with the office of elder. Consequently, Denver United Church is governed by a spiritual leadership body collectively known as Elders and subdivided into three branches. The branches of eldership loosely correspond to three primary areas of authority: day-to-day operations, fiduciary responsibility, and external oversight. These sectors of organizational leadership are intentionally distributed in order to create effective checks and balances of authority and should remain separated for optimal corporate health and efficiency.

The administration and direction of routine operations is the responsibility of the staff segment of the eldership (Staff Elders) under the direction of the Senior Pastor. For a local church to be effective, it must be able to make operational decisions quickly and nimbly; consequently, every effort is made to preserve the autonomy and freedom of the Senior Pastor and his staff to lead without the encumbrances of excessive deliberation and organizational bureaucracy. The office of Senior Pastor is endowed with sufficient authority to provide for clear direction and lean, efficient decision-making.

Decisions involving significant commitments and course changes benefit from the collective wisdom of a representative body. Decisions of such gravity are typically less frequent and time-sensitive, and therefore are conducive to a deliberative process. In this responsibility, the Staff Elders are joined by a congregational component of eldership known as Congregational Elders. Together, it is the charge of these Voting Elders (comprised of Staff and Congregational Elders) to vet significant issues and make high-quality corporate decisions. In this way, the congregational segment of the eldership provides an important leadership contribution as well as a balance of power.

No organizational authority should be absolute; each branch of eldership is accountable to another, with a goal of healthy interdependence across the church leadership. Of particular importance in church polity is the assignment of oversight for the Senior Pastor. It is vital for the church’s health and effectiveness that the Senior Pastor be both submitted to meaningful authority and free from the possibility of micromanagement from within the organization he is tasked to lead. Without the one, the opportunity is too great for one person to misguide the organization; without the other, the potential exists for the central leader to be compelled to compromise the integrity of Scripture. Therefore, a third, external branch of eldership (Overseeing Elders) provides direct personal oversight to the Senior Pastor. These Overseeing Elders are separated from the daily life of the church and reflect the highest standards of Christian leadership.

 

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The Story of Our Beginning

In 2006, the dream of Denver United was planted in the heart of Pastor Rob Brendle. While reading a popular news magazine, he was struck by an alarming statistic — Denver had the highest incidence of any US city of old churches being converted into nightclubs, climbing gyms and mosques. Over the next two years, that seed would germinate and begin to sprout into the vision of planting a church in Denver. One that would unite believers across cultural, social, economic, denominational, racial and other typical dividing lines found in homogenous churches across modern America. It would be a church that strove to worship authentically in the presence of God, as well as one that would seek to reach out to those living in the darkest and most unreached areas of the city.

As the vision began to become a dream, God called together three families to take this leap of faith. Rob and Mauri Brendle were joined by Justin and Gaby Spicer and Andrew and Darci Mondy to become the founding members and pastors of Denver United. And God soon added Austin and Blanca Pyle, who provided their musical talent to help nurture the heart of worship within the church. Together these families set out to gather 100 families to help start Denver United Church.

In 2008, what began as a God-ignited spark in the hearts of those founding pastors spread like wildfire in the a small army of believers. This group of visionaries met every Friday night from July to October in a basement on the north side of Colorado Springs. Known as the launch team, they grabbed hold of the dream and faithfully committed to establishing an outpost of God’s church in the city of Denver.

During the same season, United Kids was launched by Mauri Brendle and Gaby Spicer. With the adults meeting each week, they wanted to do more than just keep the kids occupied. Believing that kids are not the church of tomorrow, but the church of today, they set out to provide a sound Bible teaching each week. Over these few months, United Kids grew quickly, overtaking nearly every room in Pastor Rob’s house. Children’s ministry was off to a booming start.

On October 17th, 2008, with the basement bursting at the seams, stepping out in faith, the team relocated the Friday night meetings to Denver where a kingdom-hearted local church kindly let us use their space on Friday evenings. Over the next few months, God continued to call new families to join in the vision and the team grew rapidly. Outreach events were hosted, small groups were launched, and friendships continued to build the foundation for the family-like community of Denver United. On Sunday, January 25th, 2009, a galvanized and determined launch team rolled out the black road cases for the first time, transforming the University of Denver’s Sturm Hall into a place of worship. With a passion to be God’s light in the city, we eagerly waited to see the unfolding of all God had in store.

Then on March 15th, 2009, the dream became a reality as the church officially opened its doors for the first time. Denver United was born.

Over the past few years, we have witnessed Jesus building His church in our midst. We’ve continued to grow steadily in number as our passion to be a light for Christ in the city has remained our clarion call. We’ve rejoiced at the opportunity God has given to serve our city through Thanksgiving outreaches, student move-in days, community partnerships, adopt-a-block initiatives, and more. We’ve sent missions teams to China, Haiti, India and Cambodia, and we’ve partnered monthly with strategic ministries at home in Denver and in some of the darkest regions around the world. We’ve been humbled by God’s presence during worship, as well as how He’s brought people from all walks of life to create one united body of believers. We’ve been amazed at the blessings of God as we welcomed another local congregation, Denver Church, into our fold, bringing  strengthened vision and experience in local outreach and a deeper passion for the city.

In summer of 2012 Pastor Rob discovered the empty and blighted remains of a hardware store in an impossibly ideal location. Over the next year, the Denver United family pitched in, rolled up their sleeves, and transformed this eighty-year-old property on South Broadway that God provided into the church’s first permanent home. We come together for worship each Sunday and countless other gatherings throughout the week as we continue to see Jesus building his church to establish the kingdom of God in Denver.