Welcome to ReGeneration

New to the Faith?

Have you recently made a commitment to accept Jesus as your savior? If so, welcome to the family of God! We are so excited for you to begin your journey as a follower of Christ. As a new believer, you likely have a lot of questions–and that's ok! We're here to help you grow in your understanding of the Christian faith. Below, you'll find some common questions that new believers might have, along with practical answers that could apply to your daily life.

  • Salvation is not dependent on you necessarily feeling different. Some people feel drastically different, others do not. However, your salvation is not dependent on your feelings, but on the promise of God. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I WILL come in and dine with them and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20) The Bible also says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) So if you don’t feel any differently, don’t be worried. If you asked Jesus to come into your heart and meant it, He did and you are now saved so that you can spend eternity with Jesus and fellow Christians after this life.

  • Be assured, you will sin again. All of us do. As long as we are in this world we are in a fallen state and from time to time our natural inclinations will take over and we will sin. Jesus knew this. Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” When His disciples asked him, “How many times can my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times in a day?” And Jesus said, “I tell you, up to seven times seventy" (meaning, on and on).

    God will certainly forgive no less than He instructs His disciples to. John tells us that “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) But then he also says, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) This is not an excuse to sin, but an acknowledgement of the fact that we all fail. So, each day we should confess to God in prayer that we know we have sinned, even if we can’t remember all of them. He has promised to forgive us always, over and over.

    However, it is important that we grow in our Christian faith through Bible study, prayer and fellowship so that God can begin to change us for the better. In doing this, we begin to find our purpose in life and find the joy and happiness that can only come from knowing what God has created you for and following Him.

  • Yes He will, but you will have to get accustomed to hearing Him. Often that little feeling that you have deep down inside or the thought that runs through your mind leading you to do something good or cautioning you to be careful could be God speaking. He will definitely speak to you through your reading of the Bible and in prayer. Learn to listen for Him. He will never tell you to do something wrong or against His own Word. The more you learn the Bible, pray and fellowship with other Christians, the more you will begin to hear God speak to you and lead you on to the next step in your life.

  • Yes. Here is the reason. Christianity is designed to be a faith in which Christians get to know and love each other, hold each other up in time of difficulty and help each other grow. One analogy that is often used is that of a burning coal. As long as the coals are together in a pile, they will burn brightly for a long time. Take one out by itself and it will die out. The Christian life is the same way. If you separate yourself from other Christians you will eventually have problems that you do not need. Besides, there can be great joy being with one another in the family of God.

  • The one where the Bible is taught faithfully and you sense God speaking to you the strongest. There are many different Christian churches and there is one for you. Go where you sense God leading you and commit yourself to become involved and grow there.

  • There is no perfect church here on earth. Churches are made up of human beings that sin (see #2). However, we live with imperfections in every aspect of our lives. Our clothes wear out, our cars break down, our family members disappoint us, our bodies get sick. This does not stop us from wearing clothes, buying cars, loving our family or taking care of our physical needs. Why should imperfections in the church keep us from being there, especially when the spiritual benefits and joy of being with like-minded friends can greatly outweigh the negative?

  • For new Christians it can be helpful to get a translation of the Bible that is simple to read. The New International Version Bible or the New Living Translation Bible are good choices for beginners. In the church you decide to attend, join a Bible study group so that you can learn together. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, so read it regularly. Concentrate on the New Testament. It might be good to begin with one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John). They all tell the story of Jesus from different perspectives. Then move on to Acts (the story of the beginning of the Christian Church) and then Romans (Paul’s letter outlining the Christian faith). From there you can discover the treasure of all of the books of the New Testament and how they relate to you and your journey.

  • The Bible tells us that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is as much a verb as it is a noun. Faith produces action. When you asked Jesus to come into your heart, you were acting in faith, whether you knew it or not. In faith you will pray, read the Bible and enter into fellowship. You do this because God has said that we need to. This is acting in faith. Faith is deciding that you will trust God to take care of things, even when they don’t look good or you don’t understand. Faith is trusting that God has a plan for your life. Faith sometimes makes us look foolish in the eyes of those who do not believe, but it is precious in God’s sight.

  • Remember, Christians aren’t perfect... they are just forgiven. Being a Christian is not about being “good enough”. It is about gradually moving in the right direction, allowing God to change your heart and mind. Remember, babies lift their head before they crawl, crawl before they walk, etc. The Christian life is no different. Remember that you have just begun the journey, not finished it. You will have an abundance of God’s grace to support you as you grow. Be gentle with yourself and those who are new to the faith. God knows and understands your weaknesses and misunderstandings.

  • Grace is “undeserved approval." Now that you have asked Jesus into your heart, you have received God’s grace, or, His undeserved approval. This means that when He looks at you, he no longer sees your sinfulness. Instead, He sees Jesus living in you and clothing you with the perfection that He has given you. You are now God’s child and nothing can separate you from His love (See Romans 8:38). So learn to enjoy the benefits of being a child of the King of the Universe. Forgive yourself of your failures, (if God has forgiven you, and He has, who are you to hold a grudge against yourself?) accept God’s grace and love for you and begin to let that grace, forgiveness and love flow out to those around you. This indeed is the Good News of the Gospel. You have been set free!

  • Not necessarily. Be patient with yourself and let God lead you in learning to speak of your faith. In time you will become more comfortable in speaking to others. For now, as you begin to grow, it might be good to follow the words of St. Frances of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel always…when necessary, use words!” Show your new faith in your actions. If given the opportunity you might simply state to someone if the opportunity arises, “I’ve become a Christian” and invite them to church. As you grow and learn more, you will have more you want to share and God will give you the confidence you need to speak when He leads you to.

New to Our Church?

Do you plan to visit ReGeneration, or have you recently started attending our services? If so, welcome to our church family! Below you'll find answers to frequently asked questions about our church that will help you get to know us a little better.

  • At ReGeneration Church, we hold worship services consisting of song and praise, exegetical verse-by-verse Bible teaching, and judgment free multicultural intergenerational fellowship.

  • For church services, we meet every Sunday at 10:00am at:

    1500 Green Hills Road, Suite 103, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

    From the parking lot, enter through the main double doors. Our office is located immediately to the left of the entrance in Suite 103. Our sanctuary is located down the left hallway. Pastors' offices are located upstairs to the left.

  • Absolutely! John 3:16 shares that God so loved the world (everyone) that He gave His only son... While we desire for everyone to meet and follow Jesus, we welcome people from all backgrounds to come and enjoy the community atmosphere that our church provides and hear from the word of God. Rest assured that if you are not a Christian, you are welcome at our church.

  • There are two main routes for getting plugged into ReGeneration Church as quickly as possible:

    1. Sign up for one of our LifeGroup home fellowships, where you'll get to meet members of our community, share life with other people, and engage in some form of Biblical study. They usually meet during winter and fall months, with breaks during the summer. Find more info on our LifeGroups page.
    2. Serve in a ministry team. We believe God has given everybody unique skills and passions to help make the world a better place. If you're interested in using your gifts at ReGeneration Church, you can check out all of our ministries under the Ministries section on this website.
  • The only requirement is that you come clothed. Some churches stress wearing your "Sunday best" (e.g. suit and tie), but at ReGeneration Church your Sunday best is simply being yourself. Come as you are!

  • No, we do not collect dues or membership fees. We do believe that giving financially is a form of obedience and worship to God, but the offering that we collect on Sundays is for people who call Regeneration Church their "home" church and is entirely voluntary. If you're new to ReGeneration or just visiting, your gift to us is your presence!

  • Yes, ReGeneration Church is blessed to have ReGen Kids for toddlers through 6th grade, and Youth Group for junior high and high-schoolers. We have some amazing teachers that teach the Bible at every age level!

  • We are not a denominational church. We are not opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves as Christians.

    You can find more info about our specific doctrines and beliefs here.

New to Serving In Ministry?

You’ve been coming to ReGeneration Church for a while now and it’s starting to feel like this is your church home. Naturally, your next step is finding out how to get involved so both you and our ministry will grow and thrive together. At ReGeneration, we highly value relationships in community in the body of Christ, so while there is helpful information here, the best way to get started is to talk face to face with an elder, staff member, or overseer of the ministry you are interested in.

Some ministries take a lot of special training, experience, and certain gifts. We can explore those with you later. Other ministries are easier to jump into right now with very little or no training at all. 

Here’s a quick list of easy-to-start-with ministries:

  • Greeters: Greeters are the first people to welcome everyone into our church and show them God’s love in the first few moments of arriving at ReGeneration Church.

  • Ushers: Ushers prepare our church for Sunday services, help with communion set up, help people find a seat on their way in, tidy up the sanctuary afterward, and help with set up for the next ministry event and even lock up! Their most important role is to pray for everyone coming into the sanctuary, learning as many names as possible, and making people feel welcomed on their way in, and help them feel appreciated on their way out. Some special ushers are also serving in our security ministry, to keep our building a safe space for adults, teens, and children by doing rounds throughout the building, our bathrooms, and parking lot. They are also trained in first aid and how to contact first responders as emergencies arise during the service.

  • Cleaning: To serve the church in the most practical way possible, behind the scenes, you can come in once a week to brighten up the church by vacuuming, wiping down the tables, straightening the tables and chairs, and taking out the trash.

  • Hospitality: Helping newcomers feel at home by making coffee, preparing and serving snacks, and keeping all service areas cleared of trip-and-fall hazards, fallen trash and debris. A few select people from hospitality also help us serve our Agape Feast once a month. They ensure that no one sits alone, that everyone has something to eat and someone to visit with, and to ensure that those serving in hospitality are praying for everyone enjoying the meal. The feast is found in the fellowship, not just the food!

  • Tech Team: This team is responsible for all audio and visual technical work including audio reinforcement for the live and recorded experiences, video camera recording, presentation software, and lighting.

  • Social Media Ministry: This team takes all media captured during live events and turns them into compelling social media posts, including video and audio editing, still photography of ministry events, and all posts about upcoming events and ministry activities posted to all the major social media platforms. Are you a digital native? This is the ministry for you!

Find our full list of ministries here, and additional info below.

  • Yes! After meeting with the children’s ministry leader or youth ministry leader to determine ministry fit, California law requires us to run a background check on all volunteers through Live Scan, and we are required to train you on the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Everyone who works in ministry at ReGeneration Church is defined by the state as a mandatory reporter and must receive Mandated Reporter Training. For more information, contact your chosen ministry leader so they can help you become qualified to serve.

  • Let us help you with that! It all starts with your God-given S.H.A.P.E.! No, we’re not talking about your physical shape, we’re talking about how God made you. Discovering your spiritual S.H.A.P.E. can help you discover God’s mission, ministry, and purpose for your life!

    • Spiritual Gifts: God gives each of us special gifts that are to be used in service to the body of Christ, for his glory.
    • Heart: What are you drawn to? What are you interested in? Where is your passion? When do you lean in? Let’s start there!
    • Abilities: in addition to your unique spiritual gift mix, God has also given you natural abilities and talents that he would love to see you invest in ministry
    • Personality: We are all unique and there is not another ever created who is just exactly like you. That means we need what only your personality can bring into ministry.
    • Experiences: With apologies to the Gladiator, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” You have a life full of training, knowledge, and experience, so let’s invest it to good use!
    How Can I Learn What S.H.A.P.E. I'm in?
    You can go online and take a free, quick SHAPE assessment, designed by Saddle Back Church.
  • The primary passages in the bible that teach on the spiritual gifts are found in: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28; and Ephesians 4:11.

    Here is a list of several gifts mentioned in these passages:

    • Administration: the ability to create structure, framework, and process for the ministry to flow smoothly
    • Apostles: This was a role needed in the early church, literally, as “one sent” to do church planting, like Paul. Today, the “one sent” ministry is done by our missionaries.
    • Discernment: The spiritual ability to distinguish motives, intent, and spirits.
    • Evangelists: The gift of talking with others about Jesus and leading them to him on a regular basis.
    • Exhortation: Telling the truth of scripture in such a way that causes us to want to act on that truth.
    • Faith: The ability to believe the truth of scripture and live with confidence, trust, and conviction regarding that truth.
    • Giving: The supernatural ability to focus on the joy of giving and finding new ways to support the ministry of the church by partnering with other givers and developing the gift of giving in others.
    • Healing: The supernatural gift to pray for someone’s healing and see them healed, according to God’s will.
    • Helps: The ability to see that someone is hurting and finding a way to bless them by providing tangible, physical, financial, emotional and spiritual help.
    • Leading: The ability to see where we are, see where we need to go, and the ability to ask people to follow your leadership and have them willingly and enthusiastically follow you to get there. This includes setting the vision, mission, and values of the ministry.
    • Mercy: The ability to bear one another’s burdens, holding patience and compassion for those who are suffering or afflicted. Those with this gift have great empathy for others who are struggling with trials.
    • Miracles: The supernatural ability to manifest the will of God in physical time and space (a rare gift)
    • Pastor/Teacher: The one called by God to share God’s word, to be the primary voice of the church, and the primary shepherd of the congregation.
    • Prophet: One who, upon hearing directly from God, can declare something that is going to happen at a future time and place (foretelling). For this kind of prophet to be true, every prediction must become true, or they will be shown to be a false prophet. A second definition for the same word is one who upon reading the word of God can speak the truth of God clearly, accurately, with spiritual power (forth telling), what some call preaching.
    • Service: Very similar to Helps, this is a gift of someone who has the ability to see what needs to be done and is willing to do it with a cheerful heart, without need for recognition, and often doing what needs to be done before anyone else even sees the problem developing.
    • Teaching: The ability to explain the scriptures in ways that everyone can understand and follow.
    • Tongues (and Interpretation): The ability to speak in an unknown language, what some call a private prayer language, always to be shared for the edification of the church and for the glory of God. We hold our tongues until the Lord provides an interpreter so that we can fully understand God’s will in the matter, and to keep our services flowing decently and in order.
    • Word of Knowledge: The ability to know what to say to someone that will aid them in their spiritual journey, as if you knew from experience the circumstances of their lives as God sees them, always given for the specific purpose of communicating a divine revelation or insight into a certain situation to bring them closer to God.
    • Word of Wisdom: The ability to know when the optimal time is to apply any truth, or an encouragement to another believer on when and what they should be sharing wisdom in each situation. Knowledge is knowing what to say and wisdom is knowing when to say it.
  • For any ministry launch at ReGeneration Church, we look for four things:

    1. Is there an elder who is willing to undertake the spiritual and strategic aspects of this ministry launch? We will wait upon the Lord until an elder is willing to step forward to bear the spiritual oversight burden of the new ministry launch.
    2. Is there a staff member that is willing to undertake the facilitation and tactical aspects of this ministry launch? We will wait upon the Lord until a staff member is willing to take on this new ministry launch.
    3. Is there at least one lay person (You?) who is willing to own the actual implementation and day-to-day responsibilities of this new ministry? We will wait upon the Lord until he raises up a fully burdened lay ministry leader, according to Ephesians 4:12, “…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”. Are you the one who is equipped for works of service?
    4. We also look for you to recruit at least two other lay people willing to dig into your new ministry launch with you! “But, somebody ought to do this!” We agree. Is that someone you? If so, let’s identify the elder and staff person willing to sponsor your ministry startup and come to the ministry launch meeting with your two new recruits in tow! Then we can get started!