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- Tell me about your Pastor. find out more
- How big is your church? find out more
- What goes on during a service? How long is it? find out more
- Will I be asked to give money? find out more
- What do my kids do? find out more
- How do I get there? find out more
- What denomination are you? find out more
- I heard that people raise your hands in service? What's with that? find out more
- What are your church goals, your vision, your values? find out more
- I am gay, I have tatoos, I was in prison. Will I be welcome at your church? find out more
- What Bible version do you use? find out more
- Tell me about your church, how did it start, what's your history, and so on...? find out more
- I still have questions, who can I talk to? find out more
Tell me about your Pastor?
Around here, our pastor is known as "Pastor Steve". Pastor Steve Mickel has been lead pastor at Westside Church since 2013 (although he's been on staff at Westside for many years prior). He and his wife Suzanne have been teaching and leading at Westside for 3 years and have been instrumental in the spiritual growth of our church. Pastor Steve has a passion for seeing people serve and grow in the church and to develop the leaders of the next generation.
How big is your church?
We are a big church, but not too big. We have lots of people who attend, but have small enough services where people can get to know one another and spend time together over a cup of coffee after services. We have 4 locations (West Campus, South Campus, Sisters Campus and our Online Campus). We have about 1600 people who come through our doors during the weekend and a total church body of about 3000. That may sound like a lot, but once you are connected here you will find that you see people you know all the time.
What goes on during a service? How long is it?
Great question. Here is what happens in a typical service.
- Worship - We typically have a mix of contemporary and traditional hymns or worship music. Don't worry about knowing the songs. We always project the lyrics on multiple screens so you can sing along.
- Announcement/Offering - This is the time we Welcome you and let you know about some of the opportunities you have to get involved. We also pass buckets for an offering.
- Message - Our messages are written so that everyone can learn and apply what is said. You will leave challenged, changed or at least with something to think about on the way home.
- Total service time - About an hour and fifteen minutes.
The answer is yes and no. We always pass the buckets around at services so our regular attenders have the opportunity to give. It is important to us that you don't feel like you have to give. In fact, we ask our visitors to just let the bucket pass by. We want you to come and enjoy your time with us and not feel any pressure to give money. We're just glad you came.
What do my kids do?
Your kids will have a great time. In fact at the end of the day, they might be more excited about returning to Westside than you are! The kids LOVE it here because we have developed classroom experiences that are intended to be the best part of their week. When you come, make sure you park in the West parking lot and use the Family entrance. You will find a large map that will direct you to the right classroom for your kids (nursery - high school). Make sure to go with your kids when you drop them off because you will want to see their classrooms. Talk to the person who greets you and let them know you are new. They can help you get your kids checked in and answer all your questions. If you prefer to talk to someone prior to visiting, contact us and we can make sure you and your kids will know what to expect.
How do I get there?
We have 4 convenient locations:
We are a Foursquare Church. Of course you next question is; what's a Foursquare Church? The Foursquare Church exists to glorify God and advance His kingdom. The call of the Foursquare Church is to preach Jesus Christ (God's Son) as the Savior, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Healer and Soon-Coming King. Find out more about what the Foursquare Church believes about:Salvation l Christian Walk l The Spirit-Filled Life l The Afterlife
I heard that people raise their hands in service? What's with that?
Yes, the rumor is true (kind-of). You are not going to see people going crazy, dancing in the aisles, waving their arms and being weird. That's not who we are and that's not what we do. You will see people raising their hands during worship. Some people do, others don't. It's up to you. We are not going to pressure you, but you might happen to sit next to someone who expresses their worship to God in this way.What are your goals, your vision, your values?
We've worked hard to develop goals, a vision statement and great values. In summary, we are a church that Loves God and Loves People. To find out how we do that, click here.
Another great question. The answer is yes. You are welcome here. To use an analogy, we see our church as a battleship, not a cruise ship. We realize that people come through our doors with a wide variety of needs, issues, challenges, habits and hang-ups. During weekend services, we won't water down the truth of God's word, or what God expects of his people, so you might encounter some challenging truths. The fact is we all have to deal with sin in our lives, not matter how we label ourselves. We love God and we love people. You will be welcome here.
What Bible version do you use?
The Bibles that you will find under the seat-backs in our main Worship Center are New International Version. For the most part, that is the version we use. But all of our Pastors often have their favorite translations and often use scripture from those. We will always list the specific Bible translation where we get our verses from.
Our church started in 1954 as Bend Foursquare Church. We were located on NW 14th Street. Church attendance grew slowly but steadily until the facilities became a complex of small buildings that covered almost a square block. It became necessary to start two Sunday morning services to accommodate the growing congregation. Ken and Linda Johnson became our pastors in 1986. In 1989, our name was changed to Westside Church. We moved to our present location on Shevlin Park Road in 1990. The church continued to grow. We outgrew two Sunday morning services in 1994 so we started a Saturday night service. Discovery classes were introduced in 1997 to encourage believers in their spiritual maturity. The Oneighty Youth Center was completed in 2000. We continued expanding and improving our facilities throughout 2001. The Family Room (multi-purporse fellowship room), expanded children’s facilities, and the expanded Sanctuary were finished in 2001. Pastor Ken retired in 2013 and Pastor Steve and Suzanne Mickel began as our lead pastors.
- 1954 - Birth of Bend Foursquare Church
- 1970 - Howard & Velma Heimbuch pastor Bend Foursquare (1970 - 1980)
- 1982 - Cliff & Mary Hanes begin pastoring Bend Foursquare
- 1986 - Ken & Linda Johnson begin pastoring Bend Foursquare
- 1989 - Name changed to Westside Church, Heirborne radio broadcast begins
- 1990 - Moved to new building on Shevlin Park Road
- 1994 - Saturday service begins
- 1997 - Discovery Classes introduced
- 2000 - Completed Oneighty Youth Center
- 2001 - Completed Family Room and TruthTown expansion
- 2003 - Adopt-A-Block program, Dream Center purchased, First year of Cascade Master’s Comm.
- 2004 - Began Saturday evening services
- 2006 - Celebrated Ken & Linda Johnson's 20th year of being pastors of Westside Church
- 2007 - Began Growing Better Heart 1st Building Initiative
- 2010 - Launched South Campus, Began construction of new atrium
- 2012 - Completed construction of Atrium; Began two services at South Campus
- 2013 - Pastor Ken Johnson retires and Pastor Steve Mickel becomes lead pastor
- 2013 - Westsidelive.org, our online campus is launched
- 2013 - Westside Sisters Campus opens as a multisite of Westside Church