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Who We Are
Aaron and Jossie Stern have been leaders in the local church for more than 15 years. Before planting Mill City, Aaron was the pastor of a college/20-somethings ministry in Colorado Springs. He has an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in theology from Oral Roberts University. Jossie is a licensed professional counselor, has her undergraduate degree in communications, and a Masters in counseling. They have four boys and a passion for Northern Colorado to experience the life and hope found in Jesus.Meet The Team
In 2010, God began to deposit the dream of planting a life-giving, Jesus-centered church in the hearts of Aaron and Jossie Stern. Confirmation after confirmation led them to move their family from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins.
Since our first Sunday in February of 2012, we have seen God grow Mill City from a small team of people to a church with two locations and five gatherings every weekend. A strong, vibrant community has developed with a vision to see people know God, live in freedom, find their purpose, and make a difference.
We are a Jesus church, focused on what unites us and driven to carry His name to our city and beyond.
Reach people with the life-giving message of the gospel, so they become wholehearted followers of Jesus and join God in the renewal of all things
Jesus is our lead story
Actually, Jesus is our only story. He is the central figure in history and in all we do. We believe Jesus is the unrivaled King over all creation, gave His life to redeem the world, and provides hope for all humanity. Jesus brings us to life. He deserves wholehearted devotion so we worship passionately, sacrifice willingly, and invite unashamedly. We don’t want to be identified by any other name. We are a JESUS church.
We love our city
We don’t just have a vision for our church; we have a vision for our city. Gathering as a church is not about feeding our self-interests and personal desires. The mission of our church is part of God’s grand mission to renew the whole world. We are passionate about people outside our church knowing Jesus and His purpose for their lives. We will leverage our resources, give up our seats, and push past our comfort zones to see the lost found and heaven touch earth.
We are family
We believe church is more than a building you enter; it is a family to which you belong. That’s why we call it a House. Church is not about attendance, but about relationship. Relationships can be messy, so we commit to work things out, kill gossip, and fight for unity. Relationships are built on trust, and trust is built on honesty, so we resist pretense. Families work best when everyone participates, so we empower others and give all we have and all we are toward the common good.
We embrace radical generosity
We are recipients of the greatest gift the world has ever known…the extravagant love of God expressed in Jesus. When we experience this, we cannot help but respond in kind. Generosity is not only about finances, it is about everything. We go the extra mile, assume the best, practice hospitality, forgive quickly and often, have a generous orthodoxy, see the gold in others, and love with abandon. Generosity isn’t something we do, it is who we are.
We practice sustainable rhythms
We are passionate about going the distance and enjoying the journey. We work hard and rest well. We believe that work is God’s idea, realizing a vision takes effort, Sabbath is resistance, recreation is restorative, and health matters. We measure our pace, embrace our limits, laugh a lot, and trust God’s timing and provision.
We care about the details
We see all of life as spiritual, so we pay attention to the small things and value beauty. Design and environment communicate, so we are intentional to create warm, welcoming spaces. Language shapes imagination, so we are mindful of how words invite or repel. We eliminate clutter, wipe counters, pick up trash, and treat things as if they were our own.
We are desperately dependent upon the Holy Spirit
Reliance, not self-sufficiency, is the name of the game. We aren’t interested in what we can do in our own strength when we are connected to the power that raised Jesus from the dead. As advocate, helper, and friend, the Holy Spirit is the transforming power within for us to become who we are designed to become, and do all we are created to do. We pray often, listen expectantly, relinquish independence, and partner with the Holy Spirit to empower us to fulfill the mission of God.