We are excited to announce a new chapter for our church family!
Last November the Twin Oaks Elder Team began praying about the future of our ministry in South San Jose. We were grateful for the amazing ways that God has worked in and through our church for many years but knew that it was time to take some radical steps to strengthen our impact in our community.
Throughout this time, the question that drove our conversation was “How can we have the greatest impact in our community?” After months of prayer and conversation, the majority of the elder team believed the answer to that question was by merging with South Bay Church and becoming their South San Jose Campus.
We believed that integrating the resources, strategy and leadership of South Bay into what we are currently doing in South San Jose is going to maximize our impact in the community.
As we explored this together as a church, we were encouraged and affirmed in the step that we believed God was leading us to take. The overwhelming majority of the church expressed their support.
In light of this, on September 22nd, the Elder Team vote passed to officially merge Twin Oaks Church into South Bay Church. Twin Oaks Church is now a member of the South Bay Family! We are very excited about this new chapter and believe that the best days of ministry are ahead of us!
Here’s how you can help: Pray for God’s wisdom and blessing as we plan and execute the transition. Stay engaged by continuing to attend, serve, and give. The participation of every leader and volunteer is crucial to the success of this transition.
And finally, take steps to get connected. You can do this a couple of different ways including visiting South Bay’s website to learn more about our new church family and downloading the South Bay App on your smartphone to begin watching past messages, sign up for upcoming events, and give to the ministry.
Please see the FAQ where you’ll find more information about the transition period.
Let me know if you have questions.
God bless you,
Pastor, Twin Oaks Church
TWIN OAKS & SOUTH BAY CHURCH MERGER
Q: How did the merger idea originate?
A: In the midst of this season of intentional prayer and conversation, we were invited by a networking organization, Transforming the Bay with Christ, to begin a dialogue with South Bay Church about the possibility of linking arms in ministry. This led to three and a half months of exploring what it would look like to become part of the South Bay family.
Q: Who is South Bay Church?
A: South Bay Church officially launched in February of 2009, propelled by a vision to start a church that communicates the timeless truths of Scripture in a way that can be practically applied and understood, even for those who felt irreligious and far from God. They began meeting at Don Callejon Elementary School in Santa Clara. After three years, they outgrew the school and moved into the building that is now the North San Jose Campus. South Bay Church has continued to grow and in February of 2014 they launched a second campus in Sunnyvale. Over the last seven years, South Bay Church has been one of the fastest growing churches in the Bay Area (averaging around 1600 in attendance each week) and is seeing hundreds of men, women, and children make decisions to follow Jesus each year. Their stated purpose is to “urgently lead people to say yes to Jesus and passionately follow Him.”
Q: How were Twin Oaks Church attendees involved with this decision?
A: Before a final decision was made we presented the opportunity to the church. We invited the whole church family to join us in a month of prayer and conversation as we continued to seek God’s will. We prayed individually and corporately, held open forums, heard directly from the leaders at South Bay, and we reached out to every family in the church to listen and hear any questions or concerns.
Q: When will this take effect?
A: Twin Oaks is now officially South Bay’s South Campus. This may not be apparent right away, but steps will be taken gradually over the next several months as leaders are trained, new strategies are introduced, equipment and signs are purchased, etc. This transition period will be in preparation for a public “re-launch” as the South San Jose Campus of South Bay Church in early 2016.
Q: What about our staff?
A: Philip Pattison, Joe Newton, and Roxy Newton will be continuing for now in their respective ministries and roles at our South San Jose Campus — Philip will be the Campus Pastor. The staff is very excited about the growth and collaboration that will come from being a part of the South Bay Team.
Q: Should I give my tithes and offerings to Twin Oaks or South Bay?
A: October 4th is the final day to contribute to “Twin Oaks Church”. After this date, all checks should be made to “South Bay Church”. The Twin Oaks online giving will also come to a close on October 4th. Click here to set up online giving with South Bay Church.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20, 21