LETTER FROM OUR PASTOR

The Greater Melbourne area may be the most incredible place on earth. A place of exploration, technology, opportunity, and life. Every day feels like a vacation, but it is still a place you enjoy calling home. It’s beauty to the extreme.
 
Yet, amongst so much beauty and possibility there is hurt that lingers. Drug addiction and depression are on the rise. Stress and unhappiness are the reality for too many. 1 in 5 adults claim stress as the reason for leaving their job. And time and time again we have seen and heard how finding real community and friends feels impossible. With all that the area has to offer, many are missing the one thing that truly makes life beautiful: a relationship with Jesus.
 
At the end of Acts 2 it talks about the early church and how “every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.” Luke writes of good deeds garnering goodwill that created space for people to receive the good news and discover life in Jesus. People don't care what we know till they know that we care. We have to ask ourselves the question: are we caring for people first? We want to be a church that responds ‘yes’. A church where all are welcome and hope abounds.

There is something that awakens on the inside of me when I think about the opportunity in front of us. Now more than ever, I am convinced that God has brought us to this time and at this place on purpose and for purpose to serve our community, to build a welcoming community, and to reach out with the saving love of God found in Jesus Christ. Together, creating a safe space for everyone to live, laugh, and love out the Good News of Jesus. That is our mission.


We understand that the only way this becomes possible is if God is in it. We need to pray like never before and believe God to do what only He can do. It’s about obedience, it’s about passion, it’s about coming together and seeing the vision come to life.  Happiness comes from our happenings, but our joy and laughter come from Jesus.


People are hungry for hope, and we want be a part of their story. I refuse to be complacent or to wonder “what if” while there are new stories to be written. We won’t stop until every person knows the truth and grace that has transformed our lives. My hope is that this inspires you and gives you the necessary information to prayerfully consider being a part of what God is doing THROUGH Rock Harbor Church.


Thank you for believing in the call of the local church, for believing in His mission and for taking a risk on a group of people who believe that God is doing something in the Melbourne, FL area. The story is just beginning.

WHY THE SPACE COAST?

Even though the Bible belt of the South-East United States still has a higher than average attendance...according to Gallup* Florida is closer to states like Maryland & New Jersey in church attendance and this is even more true in East-Central Florida.

Also, the closer you get to the coasts in all areas of the United States the lower church attendance is. In the Space Coast you have the addition of a highly scientific minded workforce and you find a place that is in high need of a relevant church plant.


However, these facts don’t scare us away but show us the need for Healthy Missional & Fruitful Churches in this area. We find this to be exciting and exactly where God is calling us.


God opened to the door to this area when Angie’s sister, MJ Baker became the head coach of Eastern Florida College’s Women’s Basketball Team. After visiting the area in January of 2018 it became clear that God was beginning to call the Diamond family to come alongside the Baker family to start a church there and in the upcoming months there were only “Green Lights.: We know that the Local Church is God’s “Plan A” to reach a hurting world with the redemptive message and power of the Good News of Jesus Christ and there is NO "Plan B." And we are ready to bring it to East-Central Florida.