Overlake Christian Church

9900 Willows Road
Redmond
Washington
United States
98052
Senior Pastor: 
Mike Howerton
Denomination: 
Non-Denominational
Teenage children demand to arrive early and stay late!
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My teenage children demand to arrive early and stay late because the Student Ministries are very relational and they are having a blast as they learn more about God.

Comments

Wow! Good stuff... what are they learning that makes it a blast? I am very curious... also, could you tell us a lot more! our readers love details: what are the sermons like in both content and delivery? what is the music like? the building itself? what do you think the first thing an outsider would notice their first time there? most importantly, how does this church fulfill Jesus' command to love your enemies and serve others? thank you for coming by! I hope we hear more from you soon.

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My friend and I are going on a mini-church tour and visiting some churches that we've heard good things about. My buddy and I agreed on 6 categories to write about, so hopefully you find this info helpful. We plan on visiting this church again, so expect another review from me.

First Impression

The parking lot is huge and the building is pretty big too, so it can seem pretty intimidating. Don’t worry though; they have greeters at the door.

Facilities

I didn’t explore the main sanctuary, but the building is almost “mall”-like. The 6pm Sunday service is in a large room off to the side (my guess is that it is typically the youth room for Sunday mornings).

Worship

The band did well and the music was all contemporary Christian. There were a few songs I didn’t know and a few that I did. The band did a good job leading the congregation in worship.

Mission / Values

I don’t know what OCC does in terms of service and outreach (since nothing was mentioned), but with a church that size, I’m sure they have plenty of evangelistic / service opportunities. I believe they build community through community groups, but that wasn’t really pushed during the service. The value that really stood out during this service is freedom for God’s people. The pastor seems to have a heart for shepherding the flock to deal with heart issues and to bring healing, grace, and reconciliation. The pastor encouraged the people to not shy away or hide from the ugly things or pain of life. These values are very attractive.

Teaching

I really enjoyed the teaching. They started a new series called “Unstuck” and the pastor explored the first step of getting unstuck, which is to stop living in denial. The message was really heartfelt and the pastor was very authentic. He used illustrations and stories from his life (and others’ lives), which made him easily relatable. The teaching was very practical (talking about defense mechanisms that we put up), and how we have to lower those defenses to allow Jesus to work. It seemed like a good blend of information (regarding human psyche), and biblical truth (actually using various passages of scripture).

Demographic

As expected from an evening service, the congregation was mostly young adults (but there were also a mix of teens and older folks). The people were mostly Caucasian.

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My friend and I are on a church tour; our plan is to visit churches twice and write reviews of them as we go! We came up with some criteria to be fair and constructive as we share our experiences.

First Impression

We went to a Sunday night service, different from the morning i believe.  There were greeters, an easy path to the sanctuary and programs with easy instructions on how to feel at home there for a newcomer.  It felt a bit empty because of the surrounding facility but there was a good amount of people for a later service.

Facilities

The setting was dark like the previews at a movie theater, but the whole time.  It was a smaller sanctuary, not big at all, and very small compared to the main sanctuary.  Nothing in perticular to draw me.

Worship

The band had some songs I hadn't heard before but I felt they didn't lead them with confidence or passion. They were not bad musically, and worship is about the heart, but my heart wasn't very into the music this time.

Mission/Values

They value humble attitudes and a focus on sanctification or recovering from the effects of sin.  their mission was clear: Love God, love people, serve the world.  The late service seemed to reach out to post-college, church-seekers. They possibly see a lot of new faces on Sunday nights.

Teaching

The teaching was down to earth, insightful, educational on more than the bible and relavent. The pastor shared about "getting honest" about our state of health; mostly spiritual, but applicable to our health as a whole. He educated us in some psychology concepts and used verses that retroactively have these concepts.  He kept my attention.

Demographic

There were mostly caucasian, mid-twenties to mid-thirties there, both couples and singles. They invited people out for socializing at a nearby restaurant later.