God's Specific Call::
Red Rocks Church is seven years old, but the development and the vision of RRC began long before we were "born" as a church service. In fact, it was almost six years before the church began that God began calling leaders from various parts of the country to "Plant A Church In Denver."
Between the years 2003 and 2005, God began assembling a team of leaders and pastors who teamed up and began to pray weekly for a new church start up on the west side of Denver. During that season of prayer, Heritage Square in Golden, Colorado became available for the group to begin to assemble and gather in preparation for the January 2005 launch. Heritage Square seemed to be the least obvious place to start a church, since it was an old, rundown amusement park seemingly out of the way of almost everything. Little did we realize that Heritage Square would prove to be God's perfect location for Red Rocks Church to begin.
The doors opened in January of 2005 with just over 100 people in attendance. Over the next few years RRC would overcome many challenges as the church just kept on growing. Services were added, leaders were put in place and soon we found ourselves breaking fire codes because of too many bodies in the building at the same time. A move to a new, larger location was inevitable.
The Belmar Center in Lakewood was the venue of choice for some of our larger events. After holding an Easter service in the Belmar Center in 2007, the idea of making this place our new home became a viable option. It was hard to believe Red Rocks Church had now grown to over 1200 people each weekend; even reaching over 2000 on a Sunday. We loved the excitement, the crowds and the beautiful facilities that Belmar provided us, yet we all held a very dear place in our hearts for those foundational years at our "Quirky Little Theme Park."
Back To Heritage Square? ::
Our time at Belmar was a season of growth, but there were limitations to renting a facility for Sunday mornings only. Belmar had been the perfect place for the perfect time, but we needed facilities we could call our own.
We had left Heritage Square in 2008 and made a new home in Belmar. Little did we know that we would be heading right back less than a year later. As 2009 came along, a larger building became available for the church to gather in, in addition to all of our old dearly loved space at Heritage Square. As much as we grew to love Belmar, Heritage Square still felt like home. In 2010, Red Rocks Church continued to grow to over 2000 people on any given Sunday; even reaching the 3000 mark. We thank God and give Him credit for all the miracles and changed lives in this process.
Today, the RRC campus at Heritage Square takes up a lot of the "creepy theme park", and we wouldn't have it any other way. Several thousand people gather over 4 services to worship at Heritage Square each week. But we know that all of Denver can't be told of God's love in this facility alone. So we're looking elsewhere.
First, a Creepy Themepark. Now a Rundown Dinner Theatre::
God made a way for us to create a second campus in the Littleton area, which opened Easter weekend, 2012. When we asked RRC to consider how God would use them in the new campus, we asked people to prayerfully consider 3 things: Go, Give, and Volunteer. More than 350 people from the Heritage Square campus committed to going to the new campus -- to serve in Little Rock, to usher during services, to greet visitors, to pray with new believers ... and the list goes on. We are excited to see what God wants us to do in Littleton, and we are already hearing stories of life change from the new campus.