Rhys, his wife Sara and their two children, Eden and Taylor, moved to Vancouver to plant Trinity Central in 2011, having previously been involved in planting a church in London, U.K. Originally from South Africa, Rhys leads the eldership and staff teams at Trinity Central, and oversees LifeGroups, worship and leadership development. He loves to…
A church for Vancouver
Trinity Central is a young, vibrant Vancouver church.
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Spreading a passion for Jesus
We exist to spread a passion for Jesus by multiplying communities of Spirit-empowered disciples who wholeheartedly live out the gospel to the glory of the Father.
Our goal is that as people become part of a discipling community, they will grow to love Jesus, become like Jesus, and begin to do the things that Jesus did.
Multiplying communities means continually raising up and releasing new leaders who will, in turn, invest their lives in others for Jesus’ sake.
Jesus has poured His Holy Spirit into us to empower for this mission.
Our values shape us
Values shape how we do what we dream of doing. They form our culture. We want these things to characterize Trinity Central’s life together, and align us as we go on Jesus’ mission.
We aspire to be:
Before anything else we are a people who love being in God’s presence and enjoying Him in worship.
We respond with gratitude for all that Jesus has won for us. We glorify Him because He alone is worthy of praise. We delight in His love, enjoy His favour, and trust Him for all our needs.
Jesus draws us into relationship with Him and calls us His friends. As He welcomes us into friendship with Him we become friends with one another.
God has adopted us into His family and so we love each other as brothers and sisters. We prize our unity by fostering humble attitudes toward each other, and loving and serving one another intentionally. We go the extra mile for one another.
We are vulnerable, we care, and we don’t avoid awkward conversations. We believe the best, we don’t gossip, and we take care of each other.
We are marrieds and singles, adults and children. Each member of the Body is unique and loved. Each one belongs.
We are diversely gifted by the Spirit, and these gifts are used in the building up of the one Body.
We are united even though we are ethnically and socio-economically diverse because what unites us is far greater than our differences.
This reflects the heart of God, who is calling one people, united in Christ, from every nation and tribe and people and language. We don’t go to church — we are the church!
In Christ everything we are and do is flavoured with God’s grace.
By His grace we have been released from the power and penalty of sin. By His grace we have come into a new life, defined by the freedom, joy and acceptance we find in relationship with the Father.
God’s grace impacts every area of our lives. Knowing that we are loved by God frees us to love others, forgiving one another and extending grace as we have received it.
We are vulnerable with each other because we have no pretences to keep up. The Gospel thus shapes not only our initial experience of salvation, but the full experience of our lives.
The early church devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching which we have in Scripture. The Bible has the final word. We are serious about preaching it faithfully and living it out.
We are a priesthood of believers – each one playing a vital part in ministering to God, one another and the world around us.
We all live by faith through the Spirit, empowered with His gifts and growing in His fruit. The Spirit is at work in us, and we know He’ll finish the good work He has started in us.
Jesus came to seek and save lost people.
That was us not so long ago. Now we have become disciples of Jesus – followers who love and obey Him.
We are called to those who don’t know Jesus, to be salt and light in our culture. We invest our lives in others, helping them become disciples who make disciples.
We love our neighbours, serve our city, are intentional about proclaiming the Gospel, and are ever looking to establish new local churches to the glory of Jesus.
Frequently Asked Questions
First, we’re a community that loves God and loves people. That’s at the heart of everything we are and do. It means that each of us is living towards a deeper love for God and knowledge of God. We are working out life together in the context of different life experiences, cultures and stages of life.
The Bible tells us that the earth is the God’s, and everything in it. This means that God is interested in all matters of life, society and culture. We believe that every Christian is called to live in a way that displays God’s love and care to the world through declaring the good news of what Jesus has done, engaging with our culture and caring for those who are disadvantaged.
At risk of being wordy – we’re a church which is Reformed and Charismatic:
Reformed – we love the Bible. We believe in the sovereignty of God over all things, and that Scripture is His authoritative ‘Word’ in all matters of life.
Charismatic – we’re Spirit filled. We believe that God gave the Holy Spirit to empower each of us for life as a Christian. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today, and are available to all believers. The church is the community of God on earth, formed and empowered by the Spirit.
We have a morning service in downtown Vancouver (Mount Pleasant) at 10:00am at the Park Theatre. We’d love to have you join us!
We have a monthly Newcomers Lunch which is a great opportunity to chat with some of the leaders of Trinity Central in a relaxed setting. The Newcomers Lunch is once per month after the morning service. We are happy to provide the food so just come along, enjoy lunch with us and make some personal connections.
Our statement of faith
We believe in:
- The holy Trinity. There is one true God who exists eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God and therefore fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
- The dignity of all people who are made, both male and female, in God’s image. People were created to love God and others, be holy and care for creation, yet have been corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
- The Church which is the body of Christ both local and universal. The church has been given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
Joining the family:
In 2010 God spoke to Rhys and Sara Scott about planting a church in Vancouver, giving them a vision to see another Jesus-magnifying community established here. At the time they were living in London, UK, where they had been involved in planting a church. Over the following nine months they gathered a team and, with the help of ChristCentral church in Fredericton, moved to Vancouver in September 2011. Initially they gathered people in their home, eating and praying together.
Starting a church in Vancouver
Six months later those gathering could no longer fit into the Scotts’ home and so they began meeting at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. During the midweek people gathered in Foundations groups, discussing Terry Virgo’s The Spirit Filled Church and thinking through what it would mean to establish a New Testament community in Vancouver.
A growing and moving church
As Trinity Central grew, people were added locally and team members began to arrive from the UK and Eastern Canada. Within a few months the rooms at the Roundhouse could no longer contain us. In October 2012, after receiving a prophetic word about “the train moving to a new station”, Trinity Central moved downtown to the SFU Wosk Centre.
Together with Jeremy and Ann Simpkins, and Joe, Gary and Kevin from ChristCentral Fredericton, Rhys and Sara began to work with a leadership team.
Launching an Alpha course
In October 2012, Trinity Central launched its first Alpha course, led by Sam and Kath Wade, at a cafe called Sciue in Yaletown. Alpha became a key component of Trinity Central’s mission to reach people who don’t know Jesus. It was with great rejoicing that we saw the first people coming to faith in Jesus.
By early 2014 the church was outgrowing the Wosk Centre and with God’s help we found a new home back in Yaletown at the Vancity Theatre.
Gathering at Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast in August 2014 we launched “Thirst” – a weekend of worship, teaching and fun that is helping us to develop an apostolic vision for church planting. We have held Thirst every year since 2014 and we have never failed to experience the warmth of God’s blessing and have a great time together.
Team Leadership and Membership
In October 2014 the first eldership team was appointed and, with much celebration, we moved from being a Vancouver church plant to being a Vancouver church. In August of 2016 we had the privilege of welcoming our first group of members. We are continuing to step forward in faith as we partner with God to bring the good news of Jesus to Vancouver and beyond.
There are many wonderful churches in our city and we are thrilled that you would consider joining us. Our passion is to see Jesus’ kingdom expanding and we know that it will take many churches to see that happen. We also know that each church has its own personality – its own way of doing things.
We hope this will help you understand how we do things and what we’re about.
Why do we believe in ‘joining’ a church?
We believe that a Christian’s life only makes complete sense in the context of God’s Church, expressed through a local church. The local church is “plan A” for pursuing the mission that Jesus gave to his disciples.
As Phil Moore says:
When Jesus told them to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ Paul and Barnabas planted local churches. Whichever way you look at it, that’s got to make a difference to the way you invest your life. They didn’t simply work for large numbers of conversions. They didn’t simply establish a collection of Christian ministries. They didn’t even form a network of high-quality Christian meetings. They were satisfied with nothing less than planting vibrant and self-supporting churches like the ones in Jerusalem and Antioch.
The Church (with a big C) consists of every born again follower of Jesus in every era and every nation. But it is expressed through local churches (small c). God’s plan, ever since the Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, has been for every believer to be meaningfully added to a local church and become a functioning part of His body (Acts 2:41 & 47; 1 Cor 12; Eph 4).
Terry Virgo, the founder of Newfrontiers, the network of churches of which Trinity Central is a part, writes:
Individuals who have never experienced the joy and delight of belonging to a loving and vital Christian body have missed one of the thrills of the Christian life. Mere ‘church-going’ was never in God’s plan for you. He wants you very closely knit with a group of dear friends with whom you can share your life.
Why are we are convinced every Christian should join a local church?
Here are some Biblical reasons:
The New Testament’s structure: The epistles are written to local churches on the assumption that all believers would be joined to local churches.
It is stated in the Bible: “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number…and the Lord added to their number daily” (Acts 2:41&47).
It is implied in the Bible: The descriptions of life among the early believers imply an up-close-and-personal local church community (e.g. Acts 2-4). Furthermore, when writing to the church in Corinth Paul describes the church using the ‘body’ as a metaphor – referring to an intimate and functioning local body, not just a worldwide body.
New Testament language of leadership and followership: The Bible cautions church leaders that they will be held to account for how they lead and followers are similarly instructed to obey their leaders (1 Cor 3; Heb 13:7&17). This obviously presupposes a situation where you know who is leading and who is following!
New Testament discipline: Paul instructed his churches that in cases of ongoing unrepentance they should finally resort to putting people out of the church (1 Cor. 5:3-5, 9-13; 1 Tim 1:20). This indicates that these unrepentant people were in or joined to the church.