At The Door Covenant Church, we often say "there are two kinds of people in the world: those who struggle and those who pretend they don't". If you can relate, you might just love this church.
We are a small group of humbled and grateful people, responding to God's amazing grace and compelling love for us—as we are, not as we think we should be. We believe that when we experience God, we will love him, love others, and even love ourselves. Being loved by God as we are, we have the freedom to be who we are, to love what we do, and to glorify the one who loves us and gave himself for us. You and I matter personally ... and so does everyone else.
We invite you in The Door (virtually or in-person) to experience the transforming grace of God in Jesus Christ and to connect with others in our faith community. We also feel called to go out The Door to serve others and bring the good news of great joy to the world.
These are our values and we seek to live them out individually and as a faith community. God doesn't care about how things look, He cares about how things are. So, let's talk about what really matters. Let's focus on what we're for instead of what we're against. Let's ask those tough questions and work through important issues of the heart together. At The Door Covenant Church everyone is welcome, no one is perfect, and anything is possible. Join us!
which is why we chose 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 as our core Bible verse.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jack Shields earned his Doctor of Ministries and Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (including a year at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem) after graduating from the University of Northwestern with undergraduate degrees in psychology and missions.
Jack has served as a senior pastor for almost thirty years, in United Methodist and Evangelical Covenant churches. He has founded two Christian organizations, taught as a college instructor, and served as executive director of an organization focused on helping people with disabilities.
In 2015, Jack and his family were called to plant a church in the Blaine area. They named it The Door because they want everyone, everywhere to experience God inside and out.
Jack and his wife Carmen have five adult children. Together, they enjoy time up north, staying active, being with family, and traveling.
"I am blessed to be used as I am, to love what I do, and to glorify God."
-- Pastor Jack