Our Mission

THE MISSION STATEMENT OF DAYSPRING CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

“To demonstrate the reality of a victorious life through Jesus Christ by preparing mature disciples to change an unprepared world.”

THE CORE VALUES OF DAYSPRING CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP:

Dayspring Christian Fellowship believes that God is presently restoring to His people the power, purpose and purity that was once evidenced in His church, so that His kingdom may be established in the earth today. Therefore…

  1. We believe in the command of Jesus Christ to the church to witness in word and lifestyle to the saving power of His blood and resurrection, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the abundant life promised in the Bible.
  2. We believe that every Christian has a unique identity and destiny in Jesus, and that the local church must equip and release people to strategic ministry.
  3. We believe in the supernatural ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit to and through the church to demonstrate the character of God.
  4. We believe in the principle of living in New Testament covenantal relationship with one another in Christ Jesus, so that mutual nurturing, edification, accountability, and personal and corporate growth may be realized.
  5. We believe that the Lord invites every believer to participate in extravagant and intimate worship, as directed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
  6. We believe in the present-day work of the Holy Spirit to renew and establish the biblical order of government in the church through apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists.
  7. We believe in the biblical pattern for healthy marriages and families, and seek opportunities within the context of the local body to see family relationships healed and strengthened.
  8. We believe that intercession and spiritual warfare are vital for the advancing of God’s kingdom, the destruction of Satan’s strategies, and the preparation of the Bride of Christ to reign with Jesus throughout eternity.
  9. We believe in the importance of planting and supporting churches regionally and internationally, and in supporting missionaries with whom God has placed us in relationship.

Dayspring Christian Fellowship Doctrinal Statement:

In order to identify Dayspring Christian Fellowship as conservative and evangelical in theology, we set forth this general statement of fundamental beliefs:

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God. Therefore, our ministry emphasizes the exposition of God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation, line upon line, precept upon precept.
  2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His birth from a virgin, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature; that man can be justified on the single ground of receiving the atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ’s shed blood; that only by God’s grace, through faith alone, can we be saved and reconciled to God.
  5. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: those who are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life, and those who are lost unto eternal hell.
  6. We believe in the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; we further believe His baptism, power and gifts are available to born-again believers today.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Statement of Distinctives:

We embrace:

  1. 1. The inerrancy of the Bible.
  2. 2. The continuance today of the diversities of spiritual gifts as found in I Corinthians 12:4-11.
  3. 3. The simplicity of divinely appointed church government and the plurality of church elders.
  4. 4. Dependence upon the Holy Spirit rather than fleshly promotion.
  5. 5. The teaching of the Word of God in a manner that is applicable and beneficial for growth and maturity.

Our Vison

THE LORD established Dayspring Christian Fellowship in the beginning of 1991, through a direct call to Pastors Jim and Teri Downs, to be a non-denominational, charismatic church that will minister the redeeming love of the Lord Jesus Christ regionally, nationally, and throughout the world.  We esteem and pursue the unity of the Spirit with every Bible-believing church in our area, and recognize that we need one another to be the Body of Christ.  The Lord’s call and purpose for each local body is wonderfully distinctive.  His anointing upon Dayspring is distinctive in these areas.

APOSTOLIC: We are called to birth and to nurture new churches and ministries as the Holy Spirit leads, and in doing so will see the abundant fruit of many spiritual sons and daughters, nationally and internationally.

PROPHETIC: We are called to release the prophetic declarations and acts of the Lord for establishing the government of God, the breaking of yokes of bondage, and the confirmation of God’s calling and destiny over the lives of individuals, families, ministries, churches, cities and nations.

HEALING and RESTORATION: We are called to appropriate the miraculous power of Jesus Christ to see God’s children healed and restored spiritually, physically, emotionally and relationally, that He may be glorified in our midst and among the unsaved.  An important aspect of this call is to provide an atmosphere where weary and wounded ministers can come to be restored to wholeness and sent back out with joy to their fields of service.

PRAYER: We are called to be a mighty spearhead army of faith-filled intercessors, dangerous in the hands of our God for the pulling down of strongholds and the advancing of God’s Kingdom.  We particularly receive the call to pray for the impossible; we serve the God of the impossible.

PRAISE AND WORSHIP: We are called to express the apostolic/prophetic mantle through creative and extraordinary new songs, dance, drama, writing and art that exalts Jesus Christ and brings freedom to His Body.  We have received the mandate of the Lord to use all of the arts to bring glory to His name, and He will send His sons and daughters from all over the world to teach us and to be taught by us in this mission to praise Him creatively.

THE LORD miraculously provided for us 37 beautiful acres of prime land several years ago. We traded 16 acres for this wonderful church building on four acres, which we inhabit debt-free, glory be to God! The new building will allow us to grow in numbers and to expand many areas of ministry. The remaining 21 acres of land we still steward is prayerfully preserved and waiting for God’s vision to further unfold. In the days ahead, the Lord will save the lost, restore the prodigals, equip the saints, and prepare His Bride to rule and reign with Him in glory.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you believe about the Bible?

Dayspring believes that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, breathed by the Holy Spirit and illuminated through the light of His teaching. As we grow in our knowledge of the Bible imparted by the Holy Spirit, we understand that the Scriptures are not simply a collection of books written over thousands of years, but one cohesive message from God, given to us supernaturally for the purpose of our gaining knowledge of Him.

Are you Evangelical? Charismatic? What do these labels mean?

These labels mean different things to different people, depending on church backgrounds, but we believe both labels apply to Dayspring.

We interpret the Bible quite literally (keeping in mind that some scriptures are obviously idiomatic or metaphorical), and believe that God means what He says and says what He means. Dayspring encourages active evangelism, meaning that we are all in the full-time ministry as ambassadors of God. We take God seriously in that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We are proactive in sharing the Good News of the salvation available to us through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, as well as spiritual abundance through a Godly lifestyle.

We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as described in 1 Corinthians 12 and elsewhere, are active in the Church and are available to us as we move in them. Dayspring exercises the gifts as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

What attire should I wear?

Dayspring has no dress code, and you will feel comfortable regardless of what you choose to wear. You are likely to see the full style spectrum, from jeans and tee-shirts to suits and dresses on Sunday morning. Wednesday, however, is decidedly casual.

Is Dayspring associated with a denomination?

Dayspring is a fellowship of Christian believers and as such, can claim to be associated with the denomination of the followers of Christ. Otherwise, we are non-denominational. We do, however, pray for and support all other Bible teaching, Bible believing Christian churches of any denomination.

What is your worship service like?

Our worship service is what most people would consider contemporary with a full worship band providing the music. We take our time to worship the Lord and don't hurry through this vital part of our gathering. We try to keep the music as up-to-date as possible while retaining some older standards, and even a few hymns. We often employ the Song of the Lord. Appropriate dancing before the Lord is welcomed.

Who is Jesus Christ?

I wish I could adequately describe Him to you...

  • He is the King of the Jews – He will literally take the throne of David
  • He is a national King – the King of Israel
  • He was not elected, and He certainly cannot be impeached
  • He is King of all the ages, the King of Heaven, the King of glory, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
  • He was a Prophet before Moses, a Priest after Melchizedek, a Champion of Joshua, an Offering in the place of Isaac, a King from the line of David
  • He is a Wise Counselor above Solomon
  • He was beloved, assaulted, and exalted like Joseph, yet far more
  • The heavens are His glory, the firmament shows His handiwork
  • It is He who is and was and always shall be, the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Aleph and the Tao, the A and the Z
  • He was the first fruits of them that slept, He is the Am that I Am, He is the voice of the burning bush
  • He was the Captain of the Lord’s host, He was the conqueror of Jerico
  • He is enduringly strong, entirely sincere, eternally steadfast
  • He is immortally graceful, imperially powerful, impartially merciful
  • In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily, the very God of very God
  • He is our kinsman Redeemer, and He’s our avenger of blood; He’s also our city of refuge
  • He is our performing High Priest, our personal prophet, our reigning King
  • He is the loftiest idea in literature; the highest personality in philosophy; He’s the fundamental doctrine of theology
  • He is the supreme problem in higher criticism
  • He is the miracle of all the ages, the superlative of everything good
  • He is the author of a love letter written to us in blood on a cross in Judea, some 2000 years ago
  • By Him were all things made that were made; without Him was not anything made that was made, and by Him are all things held together
  • He was not held to the cross by nails - He was held by His amazing love for you and me
  • He was born of a woman so that we could be born of God
  • He humbled Himself so that we could be lifted up
  • He became a servant so that we could be made joint heirs with Him
  • He suffered rejection so that we could become His friends
  • He denied Himself so that we could freely receive all things
  • He gave Himself so that He could bless us in every way
  • He’s available to the tempted and tried, He blesses the young, He cleanses the lepers, He tends to the feeble, He delivers the captives, He discharges the debtors, He forgives the sinners, He franchises the meek, He guards the deceived, He heals the sick, He provides strength to the weak, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, He serves the unfortunate, He sympathizes, and He saves
  • His offices are manifold, His reign is righteous, His promises are sure, His goodness is limitless, His light is matchless, His grace is sufficient, His love never changes, His mercy is everlasting, His Word is enough, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light
  • He is indescribable; He is incomprehensible, He is irresistible, He is invincible
  • The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him; man cannot explain Him; Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but soon learned they couldn’t stop Him
  • Pilate couldn’t find any fault with Him, witnesses couldn’t agree against Him, Herod couldn’t kill Him, death couldn’t handle Him, the grave couldn’t hold Him
  • He has always been, and always will be; He had no predecessor, He will have no successor
  • His name is above every name – at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
  • His is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever and ever, Amen

Pastors Jim & Teri Downs

Jim & Teri Downs

Jim and Teri Downs have been fulltime pastors for more than two decades. They began their pastoral journey from Woodland Park in 1984 to plant and lead a church for the Church of the Nazarene in Lincoln, CA. A couple of years later, they planted and pastored a church in Colorado Springs for the Foursquare denomination. After five years there, the Lord called them out of the denominational setting to plant Dayspring in 1991, back in Woodland Park.

After leaving the denominational setting, Jim and Teri were ordained together in 1991 by apostle Alan Vincent of Eagle Ministries International.