The Word & Spirit Network is a global movement of Word rooted, Spirit alive and culturally engaged leaders who impact communities through the launching and building of thriving churches and ministries. Our mission is to equip and support leaders through practical training and relational networks in order to catalyze and multiply authentic, impactful, grace-filled leaders. We desire to raise up men and women who have an active and growing knowledge of the BIBLE, who understand and can appropriate the power of the HOLY SPIRIT and who understand and know how to effectively ENGAGE THE CULTURE WITH THE GOSPEL.
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A global movement of Word rooted, Spirit alive and culturally engaged leaders who impact communities through the launching and building of thriving churches and ministries.
Our mission is to equip and support leaders through practical training and relational networks, in order to catalyze and multiply authentic, impactful, grace-filled leaders.
WHAT WE VALUE MOST
We desire to raise up men and women who have a well-working and growing knowledge of the Bible, who understand and can appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit, who understand and know how to effectively engage the culture with the gospel.
STEVE HOLT, FOUNDER
Steve Holt is founder and Senior Pastor of Mountain Springs Church in Colorado Springs and founder of Word & Spirit Network, a spiritual covering for churches and ministries in America, Japan, India and Uganda. Steve came to know Christ as a freshman at the University of Georgia, while on a full athletic scholarship in gymnastics. He then spent 10 years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. During this time, he met his wife, Liz, while smuggling Bibles into China. They married and helped pioneer university ministries in Japan. In 1991, they came back to the United States and Steve attended Fuller Theological Seminary, graduating with an MA in Missiology. He moved his family to Colorado Springs where they began Mountain Springs Church in 1995. The church now ministers to over 3000 people. The Word & Spirit radio ministry can be heard daily in southern Colorado on KGFT 100.7FM. Steve is passionate about coaching church planters, studying and teaching God’s Word, reading biographies, hunting and fishing. He loves spending time with Liz and their seven children in the mountains of Colorado.
CLAY ROSS, LEADERSHIP TEAM
Clay Ross grew up in Colorado Springs but not in church. He was introduced to Christ in 2000 and together with his wife, Shawna, they have been following Christ and serving in ministry since they both returned from their honeymoon in 2001. Before planting grassROOTS church in 2009, Clay served on staff for six years at the Underground Church as the youth, young adults and teaching pastor. God lead Clay to plant grassROOTS church downtown to reach the urban core and, specifically, the “Missing Gap” (18-35 year olds). Currently, grassROOTS church is planning to start four grassROOTS community campuses in the next three years in order to glorify God by reaching unreached communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Clay is passionate about art, community, missiology and discipleship. Both Clay and Shawna are committed to their family, reaching the city, developing authentic community and standing as a voice for those that don’t have any. Clay and Shawna have three kids and reside in Colorado Springs.
ANDREW VAN GORDER, LEADERSHIP TEAM
Andrew came to know Christ as an alcoholic, walking into a church right off the streets in Colorado Springs in 2003. While his parents were missionaries, Andrew never came to a full realization of what a life with Christ meant until he was 19 years of age. During the next few years, Andrew married his wife, Rachel, and worked different jobs until he became a corrections officer for the state of Colorado in 2007. He became an active member of ERT (special teams) for the state. Through experiences in this profession, he became convinced that law enforcement wasn’t enough to change society. Andrew resigned from law enforcement, started a bible study in his basement and began attending Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010. Andrew is currently a church planter and the head pastor of Breathe Worship Center on the east side of Colorado Springs. Andrew is passionate about teaching the broken, misguided, and lost about the biblical Jesus regardless of what it costs him as an individual. Andrew is passionate about his family, preaching the Word of God, theology and being in the mountains at every opportunity.
ANDY HORNBAKER, LEADERSHIP TEAM
Andy is the product of a Christian home and became a follower of Jesus Christ at a young age. Andy’s father is also a pastor who has been serving the local church for over 50 years. Andy has an MDiv degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor of local churches in Colorado and currently pastors his first church plant in Fountain, CO. Andy has travelled internationally and spoken in many other countries. His love is for the local church and feels privileged to pastor at the Heritage of Praise church plant. Andy is married to his wife, Penny, and has grown children. Andy’s “sport of choice” is cycling.
Word and Spirit Network Associations:
MOUNTAIN SPRINGS CHURCH | Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA | mountainsprings.org
Overview: Experience the adventure of an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. Enjoy God, grow in truth, share life and live the mission.
SPRINGS OF LIFE CHURCH AND DAYCARE | Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA | springsoflife.org
Overview: Springs of Life Church is a Word & Spirit Church that believes the Bible is infallible and inerrant. We also believe that to live a successful Christian life it must be led by the Holy Spirit.
GRASSROOTS CHURCH | Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA | grassrootscs.org
Overview: At grassROOTS we believe that God’s own love for us causes a deepening love for Him and for the people He has placed around us, both in the church and in the community.
LIVING STONES CHURCH | Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Overview: We are a missional church in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Find us on Facebook!
BREATHE WORSHIP CENTER | Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA | breatheworshipcenter.com
Overview: Breathe Worship Center is a verse-by-verse, missional church plant pastored by Andrew Van Gorder.
HERITAGE OF PRAISE | Location: Fountain, CO, USA | hopfountain.org
Overview: Heritage of Praise is a diverse community where faith risks, hope lives, and love goes.
ALL THINGS POSSIBLE | Location: Murrieta, CA, USA | atpministries.org
Ministry of sixth degree black belt, Victor Marx, reaching out to incarcerated youth with the gospel of Jesus.
NEW HOPE UGANDA | Location : Uganda, Africa | newhopeuganda.org
Overview: New Hope Uganda brings the Fatherhood of God to hundreds of orphaned, fatherless, and abandoned children and reaches out to surrounding communities through its four ministries: Kasana Children’s Center, Kobwin Children’s Center, Musana Camps, and 107.8 Musana FM radio.
OKINAWA WORLD MISSION CHURCH | Location: Okinawa, Japan | church.owmcs.com
Overview: Pastor John Kina is committed to reaching the people of Japan with the love of Jesus.
GRACE GLOBAL NETWORK | Location: Florida USA Home Base | graceglobalnetwork.org
Overview: Dr. Greg Kappas has coached over 200 leaders in starting hundreds of multiplying, reproductive churches around the globe since 1991. He emphasizes the need for each church planter and their team to view their new work in the gospel as a church planting center reproducing around the globe. He stresses the need for the church to be multi-ethnic, cross-cultural and multi-generational.
VISION NATIONALS | Location: Vishakhapatnam, India Home Base | visionnationals.org
Restoring joy, transforming lives, training nationals, planting churches in India, Nepal and Thailand.
ANNUAL DUNAMIS CONFERENCE
Dunamis #3: Word Rooted and Spirit Alive. September 26-28, 2013. Featuring Pastor Steve Holt and Terry Virgo. More details to follow shortly… stay tuned!
Each year, Mountain Springs Church hosts three days of thought-provoking, power-infused sessions challenging believers to live out their role in the kingdom. Dunamis 2012 featured singer and songwriter Jeremy Riddle, and national and international speakers Dr. Sam Storms, Dick Eastman, Dave Smith, Daniel Rolfe and Steve Holt. Join us for Dunamis 2013! Registration begins summer of 2013.
A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER
We believe in planting leaders! We aspire to launch Word rooted, Spirit alive, culturally engaged leaders who will plant Jesus-exalting, Jesus-worshipping churches and ministries. We believe building leaders in a grace-filled, relational atmosphere, imparting to them biblical knowledge and practical ministry experiences, will set in motion the planting of churches and ministries that express the fullness of God’s Word with a deep reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “that the gates of Hell would not prevail” against His church. Beginning at Pentecost, the church was and still is God’s idea of the most effective means of expanding His kingdom. God’s church is to be vibrant, life-giving, Word-rooted and Spirit-alive! Planting new churches of this genre is the most effective way to bring the gospel to a community and to make Jesus-following, Jesus-exalting disciples. Thus, our strategy always involves locating, equipping and releasing church planters who are willing to pioneer the gospel into unchurched and unreached communities. We believe God has given us a mandate to plant 1000 churches, 100 campuses and raise up 10,000 leaders in this generation.
Word & Spirit Network derived its name as a result of our commitment to achieve a healthy balance of two divine expressions. Many churches stress the importance of the Holy Spirit to the neglect of solid teaching from God’s Word. Other churches have a strong teaching ministry but neglect the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the fullness and blending of both the Word and the Spirit. We believe it is only through the work and power of the Holy Spirit that lives are changed, and it is only through the substance and promises of God’s Word that lives are founded and grounded. We need both. The Word & Spirit Network is committed to the blending of the Spirit and the Word under the centrality of Jesus Christ. If we are so faithful, we will be privileged to be effective participants in God’s eternal, epic adventure—the expansion of His Kingdom!
- Steve Holt
Founder, Word & Spirit Network
Founder and Lead Pastor, Mountain Springs Church