THE REFINER'S MINISTRY is a non-profit non-denominational church dedicated to the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bringing the worshipping church to the elderly who are unable to leave their care facilities. The congregation is made up of Christians from many traditions, consisting of our own members and those who live in the senior care facility. The music is a combination of praise songs and hymns; we teach the Bible. The service typically begins with a time of worship through song, sharing and prayer, and ends with the Lord's Supper.
We believe the Word of God is central to understanding ourselves and the times in which we live. We encourage daily reading of the Bible in order to be spiritually fed with the knowledge of who God is and what He expects of us. ("Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks through Him to God the Father" - Colossians 3:17 NASB.) We also believe that God directs the lives of His people through His Holy Spirit. Therefore we encourage all believers to discern His voice and then to respond to His direction in their lives. ("My sheep hear My voice" - John 10:27 NASB). In this regard we desire to be like Jesus who only said what He heard the Father say, and only did what He saw the Father do (John 5:17, 19; 12:49).
HOW DID THE CHURCH BEGIN?
This ministry began from a Bible Study started in July 1985 which sought God through prayer, asking, "What should a church look like, how should it operate?" In January 1986, the church began meeting as a small group, simply to gather for prayer, Bible teaching, breaking of bread and fellowship. Since then we have sought to grow in our love for the Lord Jesus, to mature in our spiritual life and to share community in the Body of Christ. For 25 years we operated as "Church of the Valley". In 2012 we changed our name to "The Refiner's Ministry" to better reflect the vision of the Lord for this assembly. In 2015 our focus changed to ministering to the elderly who live in senior living facilities. Like "The Walk Church USA " we do not believe seniors should have to retire from church simply because they are no longer able to drive or be transported to one. We bring the worshipping church to them.
The Refiner's Ministry does not have any denominational affiliation. However, we seek to be fully dependent upon the Lord Jesus, looking to Him for our authority and direction. While having no connection with any earthly affiliation, we desire to cooperate with all who have a heavenly affiliation - those who love and serve the Lord Jesus. For we believe Scripture defines the church as an assembly of believers, those who are members of Christ's spiritual body. This church was established by Jesus while on earth and carried into the world by the apostle's who followed Him. This church is universal and spans many ages, nations, tribes and tongues. As part of the church universal we seek to have fellowship with all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We look forward to the day when, as one redeemed Bride, all who have called upon His name through the centuries will join together in worship of our God and King, Jesus Christ.
Carlton Senior Living - 175 Cleaveland Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94598
Jesus is Lord of the church and any organization who seeks to minister in His name. He has delegated authority to a plurality of elders to govern or lead the local assembly. Church leaders are to get the assembly operating as God instructs and to keep it on course. They will differ in opinions; they are to allow differences in preferences, yet to stand firm on principles. Their differences are to be dealt with in humility, through prayer, searching the Scripture and seeking the mind of Christ.
Church leadership is raised up by God through spiritual gifts and identified by their Christian life, maturity and service. Men qualified according to Scripture and recognized by the congregation (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9) are called to serve the church through leading, teaching and caring for God's people. New leadership is appointed by leaders, the congregation giving their affirmation.