As pastors of Mountain Citadel, we are are pleased to welcome you to our website. Please spend a few moments looking around, discovering our church family and the wonderful people who call MC their church home. As we describe MC to people, we use the words like community and family.
We are a group of people surrendered to living out God's purpose for our lives. That means we are a people sold out to following Jesus. That means we worship him with vigour and joy. That means we encourage prayer and God's Word throughout life. That means we love people unconditionally outside the church through generosity, service, invitation, and compassion.
Our hope is that people of all backgrounds will feel loved and welcomed at MC. And once here, we pray that people will meet God and as a result of meeting God, give their lives to Jesus Christ. We want more than anything else that for you.
We believe that God has an adventure waiting for every person… this includes you… this includes your kids. We all have an unexplored journey, just waiting for us to take the first step.
Maybe you are new to the Christian faith, or perhaps you have been following God as long as you can remember. More than likely, you find yourself somewhere in between. That’s OK. Because wherever you are on your spiritual quest, MC is ready to help you in your journey of discovering new territories in your faith journey.
We worship on Sundays mornings at 10:30 am. Come as you are. Check us out, but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known when one knows Jesus. We'd love to meet you.
God bless you,
Stephen & Gayle Sears - Majors
August 16, 2017 Facebook posting by Major Stephen:
BEYOND THE SAFETY OF THE WALLS OF OUR CITADEL
Last night, I didn't sleep much as I tossed and turned thinking about the past day and the blatant in your face kind of message God had for me.
I love being a Salvation Army officer - more to the point - I love being a Salvationist. I love the image of The Salvation Army as an Army of God's children - a movement that is at the beck and call of the Lord to go to the masses with the love of Christ, to the forgotten and disenfranchised, to those without hope and suffering injustices. I love the image of going out to battle declaring that there will be "No Soul Left Behind."
Yet I am afraid we may have forgotten who we are as we go back and forth from the safety and comforts of our homes in our Salvation Army uniforms to the safety and comforts of our stone walled Citadel and then rushing back home again. Meanwhile, the hundreds of thousands surrounding our beautiful citadel and our homes go without Christ - without connecting to those who could be the one to point them the way to Salvation. These people who are God's beloved are doomed to spend eternity outside the presence of God.
This is not a condemnation message. Rather a reminder of our calling - to be a rapid deployable force for Christ within our communities and neighbourhoods.
Yesterday, I visited a number of folk from the corps in their homes and in the hospital. I was dressed in my summer uniform and throughout the day as I travelled around our community, whether it be from my van to the hospital, or as I filled my van up at the gas station or even getting out of my van when I got home at the end of day, people stopped me and began to have a conversation. One gentleman spoke to me at the gas station as I filled my tank up about his first contact with the Army as a child through an open air puppet show and hearing the story about Jesus. He was invited to Sunday School and there invited Jesus into his heart. A few years later, his family moved to the States. There was no Salvation Army near to where he lived and so he connected with another church. He stayed with the church growing in his faith and eventually went to Asbury College and Seminary. Today he is a minister in the United Methodist Church and his son is now a student at Asbury College.
Another person got on the elevator with me at the carpark at the hospital and looked at me and said, “The Salvation Army – you people live what you preach.” He went on to tell me how his neighbours who are Salvationists live out what they preach. Later on as I finished visiting with one of our parishioners, another person got on the elevator as I was leaving the hospital and opened up to me about the hard times he has had in life and the food and help he was given. He spoke about the kindness and respect he was shown – something he was not use to receiving. He then told me how he was led to the Lord by some kind “soldier” who he met at the soup van.
Then, as I walked across the street to the carpark there was a couple sitting on a bench who were despondent about a loved one who was in emergency surgery. He looked at me and said I know you people – and asked if I had time to speak with him. He told me about his wife’s situation with tears in his eyes. We spoke for a few minutes and then I prayed with him.
And then, when I got home from a long but fulfilling day, I got out of the van and I began to tinker with my tent trailer and a car drove up into the driveway beside me. He wound down his window and said that he saw me and just had to stop and have a chat. We chatted about his grandmother who was a lifelong Salvationist. He told me about going to the Army with her from time to time and the wonderful memories he had of those moments. He talked about his struggles past and present and said that he knows if he had stayed with the Army, many of these situations would have never happened. I spoke to him about new beginnings in Christ and that right now is a new beginning with the Lord. I could see he was now uncomfortable with the direction of the conversation and thanked me for the conversation and then invited Gayle and I over to his house for a BBQ sometime in the near future.
I couldn’t believe my afternoon. It was one of those times when you know that God was telling me something. He reminded me about the unique ministry of the Army and the privileged position we have to reach people for Christ. If I wasn’t wearing my Salvation Army uniform, it is highly unlikely I would have spoken to any of these individuals. He reminded me of the importance of visibility and to be His rapid deployable force for Christ within our communities and neighbourhoods. He reminded me of His charge: "No Soul Left Behind."