While Spruce Grove Alliance Church does plan and organ- ize ministries, its leaders have also found that growth comes mainly by following the Holy Spirit.
“We’re going about our ministry business when suddenly
the Holy Spirit opens up a door of opportunity,” says lead pastor David Chotka. (Spruce Grove is a city of 26,000 just west of
While the congregation offers a variety of programs, all are
linked by “a blessing from the Holy Spirit, who is raising up leaders and motivating people to do ministry that blesses the church
and our community,” agrees executive pastor Russ McDermott.
As an example of the Spirit’s leading, both pastors point to the
way Spruce Grove developed into three campuses.
It never set out to plant a Filipino campus, but a number of
Filipino people gathered for fellowship and the group quickly
grew beyond what was originally planned. This congregation
now meets for worship every Sunday.
Something similar took place with another campus. Chotka
received a call from his denomination asking for help with a
nearby church that was small and struggling. As he sat at his desk
contemplating how Spruce Grove could help, a man walked into
his office offering to become a volunteer pastor.
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Spruce Grove Alliance Church never set out to plant a Filipino congregation, but one developed through the leading of
the Holy Spirit.
About Spruce Grove Alliance Church
•;Meets;at:;250 Century Road, Spruce Grove, Alta.
•;Denomination:;Christian & Missionary Alliance in
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An Alliance church in Alberta focuses on “growing up, growing together and growing out” while following the Holy Spirit.