From the very inception of Access Church, we said that if we could use just one word to describe Access Church, it would be “relational.”

Let’s face it, you can listen to our music on your iPod. You can even listen to Andy Stanley, our teaching pastor, on at least two iTunes podcasts.

So, Access Church has to be about so much more than music-and-a-message.

It has to be about relationships.

Here are three we focus on:

1. Intimacy with God includes regular private and corporate worship experiences as well as allowing the truth of the Bible to change how we live.

2. Authentic community. For us, community with insiders happens in community groups. The method isn’t as important as recognizing that we need other people around us in safe, authentic relationships in which we can discuss our faith, God’s Word, and how it relates to our purpose in life. (Not in a group? Join us for GroupLink on October 19!) We even organize our children’s environments by small groups, and every child has a small group leader.

3. The world around us. We aren’t called to alienate those who disagree with us, but rather to influence outsiders with such grace and love that they want to know and worship the same God we do.

These relationships are vital and interdependent. Imagine how God would be honored if everyone reading this blog committed to pursue these three relationships equally and with vigor!