About Our Church
Open Door Community Church is a nondenominational Christian Church.
Services begin Sunday at 10:45
Many have been bruised in the name of “religion.” We believe that it is time for the healing to begin! Our worship is contemporary, meaningful, uplifting, and fun.
Open Door Community Churches offer a message of reconciliation and bridgebuilding between the Christian community and those who have felt alienated from it through law-filled teachings not based on the grace we believe Christ intended. We exist to proclaim God’s unconditional love to all and to provide fellowship, friendship and spiritual opportunities to all.
The leadership at Open Door Community Churches are excited to see gay and non-gay Christians worshiping together as one. We believe that gay and non-gay Christians can and should come to the table of the Lord together, side by side, without labels. We believe that as these two historically separate communities join together at the cross of Jesus Christ a healing and a new understanding of oneness in Christ occurs in both groups. We are part of a growing revival of grace-filled Christians transcending either the terms “conservative” or “liberal”. Above all things, we are a GRACE CHURCH!
We are a family embracing the full spectrum of race, age, gender, family status, sexual orientation, economic status and denominational background.
We invite all who have a heart to follow Jesus to join us on this exciting journey of bridge-building and ministry!
Our Affirmation Of Faith
We believe in God the creator of us all, whose desire for diversity is seen in the rainbow of humanity.
With unrelenting passion God seeks to be in relationship with all of us.
We believe in Jesus the Christ, who is the embodiment of God’s redeeming grace and in the Holy Spirit through whom that grace continues its restoring work.
We believe in the Church. It is the body of Christ on the earth today.
As ministers of this church, we are all called like Jesus, to heal, to deliver, to teach, and to serve.
We believe that together we can change the world, in our time and for all time, Amen!
Our Affirmation ChorusRead More
We at Open Door Community Church want to provide a community that proclaims the inclusive, loving message of our Savior Jesus Christ.
And this is why:
Too many times today the Evangelical churches are seen as hate groups.
Their songs speak of war, their sermons sound hateful and judgmental, and their atmosphere is exclusionary. We at Open Door want to provide a community that proclaims the inclusive, loving message of our Savior Jesus Christ.
We are traditional in our Christ doctrine yet we believe that the Christian message of grace has been perverted by many. Our mission as a church is to be bridge builders. We want to love unconditionally, to resist the temptation to judge harshly and to stand with the outcast. We believe that Christ’s vision for the church is one of diversity.
Therefore there are many in our congregation who have felt rejected while attending other Evangelical churches, yet they feel love and acceptance here at Open Door Community Church. All are welcome to be a part of our faith community regardless of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or race.
We as a church do not want to erect walls to keep out certain people that add texture and clarity to the grace message. ‘Whosoever will‘, may come or else we desecrate the name of the one who founded our faith, Jesus Christ. We believe this is the cutting edge Christian doctrine for the 21st century but it is no different than the teachings of Christ 2000 years ago.Read More
We are located at 709 West Lee Avenue in Sherwood, Arkansas.
Directions to the church:
From Interstate 40, take the Highway 107/John F. Kennedy Blvd exit and turn north up the hill. Follow 107/JFK Blvd to Lee Avenue and turn left. We are on the right hand side just past the four way stop.
If you are traveling along Highway 67/167, take the Kiehl Avenue exit and turn west. Follow Kiehl Avenue all the way to the intersection of Highway 107 and turn left. At Lee Avenue turn right and we are on the right hand side.
Church phone 501-833 9500.
If you have found our website and are not in our area and would like to find other welcoming and affirming churches where you are or if you will be traveling, this link Gay Church.org purports to have a list of friendly churches. As we have not visited them all, we do not guarantee the degree to which they will be welcoming. Other resources where you may find kindred spirits are The Christian Left, Diversity Christian Fellowship and The Association of Practical Christians and on Facebook The Practical Christian, the Christian Left, and Christians Tired of Being Misrepresented.
The sanctuary of our church is dedicated to Randall McCain Sr., Pastor Randy McCain’s father. At the time of the dedication of the church in 2001, Pastor Randy McCain’s mother Carlie Marcelle McCain prayed this dedicatory prayer:
“Our heavenly Father we pray that you will bless this congregation. I pray that you will start a revival in the midst of this congregation.
Lord, that there will be people saved, resaved, filled with the Holy Ghost, and, oh God, I pray that your work will go on and out from this church. Let this be a filling station for your people that are working out of this church. Keep them close to you, Lord. Let them feel your love and God protect them from all harm. I pray that you will keep this church as a special place, Lord, that when your people come into this building that they will feel your presence, the presence of God before they leave the building.
Keep us busy working for you. Oh God, bless the pastor. Aniont him so good, Lord, that he can’t stand it! And Jesus, go with him and all that are standing behind him. Stand with them and bless them.
May the news of this church spread out into this community, Lord, that people might know that there is something unusual going on at Open Door church. It’s all because of your love Lord. We know this can’t be done Lord without your moving in hearts and lives. We pray, Lord, that you will give us an overdose of the Holy Ghost anointing. Help this church to be a beacon of light to the surrounding communities and may it be a well known church because of the work that is being done and the blessings that are coming forth from this church. We dedicate it to you right now Lord. You’ve given this church to us and now we give it back to you, Lord. We love you, Lord, and praise you in Jesus name, Amen”
We believe God has and is answering Mother McCain’s anointed prayer for this church!Read More