Northpointe Community Church
Northpointe Community Church is all about helping people move toward a life fully devoted to Jesus. Their approach and mission is simple and straight-forward, guiding all that they do: help all people move to a life fully devoted to Jesus. They take seriously the call to reach the lost, make disciples, help people grow, and to equip them to reproduce that relationship in Jesus. Their vision to make progress in the mission is clear: to impact 50,000 people in five years with the grace of Jesus. That’s not about church programming but about each person owning the vision.
“We try not to take ourselves too seriously, though. It’s fun to work here,” says Lead Pastor, Rick Ruble. Those in the region who are used to a more denominational church are surprised by the contemporary nature of what is going on most Sundays. This is unique for the churched-community in Lansing with a strong sense of tradition and denominationalism.
The church is over one hundred years old, and yet there is a new and fresh vitality about the mission and vision that is playing out at Northpointe. Rick came to lead the team in 2014, and since then the church has helped feed 120,000 people in Haiti, 10,000 in the greater Lansing area, and sponsored 120 children and helped plant a new church in Ecuador. This a church that is impacting its community and the world with the Gospel.
“I’m looking for a builder who can come in, assess where we are, and lead us forward. We don’t need, nor do we want, a rock star . . . Are you someone who wants to shepherd, build, and lead a ministry? Join us at Northpointe!” says Rick.
“I would say that most in our congregation, and even our guests, would say that our worship ministry is strong,” says Rick, “but those of us on staff and in leadership know that we have reached a ceiling with our volunteer leadership.” This is understandable, knowing that they’ve been without a leader for several years. “It is time to freshen up the sound, build pipelines of volunteers, and raise a new generation of worship leaders and musicians.”