A church where anyone, no matter how far from God will be loved and valued
There are always, always new people and places that need Jesus
A hunger for more of God. There is always more to know, encounter and experience
We learn and grow as we are open to receive and serve the body of Christ
Effective, clear and yet simple organisation and structure
Using creativity to reveal Jesus in a relevant way
Doing everything to a really high standard
Giving our all with energy and enthusiasm
Giving above and beyond to achieve our vision
Extravagantly loving the poor and speaking out against injustice
Empower people to fulfil their dreams and OpenWell’s vision
Having a can do attitude and being willing to take big and bold steps
We believe in one eternal God who is Creator of all things and exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is love. His love is full of light and is completely holy.
We believe God created and values every person. God has given everyone gifts, abilities, desires and dreams. Sin has separated each of us from God and his purpose for our lives.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless life. He demonstrated for us a life of perfect connection to God, displaying the power and love of heaven on earth. Jesus then died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and rose again to defeat sin and death and to empower us for life.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus as our saviour, making him the Lord of our lives.
We believe that after becoming a believer the next step is to be baptised in water. In water baptism, we identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus. We rise from the waters of baptism into new life.
We believe in being baptised with the power of the Holy Spirit and living in a lifelong relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit transforms, heals, leads and guides us. We need to be continually filled and sustained by the Holy Spirit, growing in the fruits of the Spirit. He enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues, physical healing and miracles.
We believe that Jesus completed the work of salvation at the cross and is now seated in heaven. Jesus has power and authority over all things which he passes on to us. We live resting in him and by his grace. Our identity is found in Christ Jesus.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and reveals Jesus to us. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
We believe that the Church is represented by many local expressions of the body of Christ. The Church is made up of everyone who has faith in Jesus. The mission of the church is to take the good news of the kingdom to the whole world and to make disciples in order to bring glory to God.
OpenWell began in Liverpool with Judah & Rachel Cole in January 2013 with a small group of friends. Since then we have grown out of that home and met in several venues around Liverpool. We met at House Coffee bar, the Lantern theatre, Hope University and then in March 2016 we moved into our new home, Belvedere Academy.
In October 2013 we launched OpenWell Southport which meets in Southport every week in All Saints church building on a Sunday and in homes throughout the week.
Along the way we have grown and reached out and loved thousands of people in Liverpool and Southport, hosted Jesus Loves conferences, VIP homeless events and many other initiatives.
Judah & Rachel continue to be the Lead Pastors of OpenWell Liverpool and they work with John and Tracey Illingsworth who lead OpenWell Southport. Both couples also work with local leadership teams in each location.