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ABOUT US -

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JESUS IS THE WAY

At The Way Church, we believe that Jesus is The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). He perfectly reveals the heart of God, a Father who isn’t distant or indifferent, but who loves you with open arms, welcoming you home. It’s a love beyond our understanding—a divine, extravagant love that binds us together as God’s family. Everyone, no matter who you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done, is welcome here. We want to be a God centred community showing us the path to a life filled with purpose, belonging, and love. One that that breaks down barriers, heals wounds, and brings people together as family, just as Jesus taught us. Whether you’re a lifelong believer or a curious seeker, you’re welcome here. Join us as we journey together on The Way, discovering the transformative power of God’s love.

THE JOURNEY HOME

The Way Church is more than just a place of worship; it’s a home on the journey. We believe life is a pilgrimage, and we’re all seekers on the path back to our Creator. Our church isn’t defined by walls or traditions, but by the living presence of God, who welcomes us with open arms and calls us to discover true belonging in Him. Just as Jesus is The Way, we strive to create a community that reflects His love and grace, embracing everyone on their unique spiritual journey. Whether you’re taking your first steps of faith or walking a well-worn path, you’ll find a welcoming home here. At The Way Church, we’re not just building a community – we’re building a home, together.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME

At The Way Church, we believe everyone is welcome on the journey. We offer more than just a place to gather; we’re a spiritual refuge, a home where you’ll find acceptance and belonging in God’s love. No matter where you are on your path, you’re invited to join our big-hearted community. We’re committed to walking alongside you, offering support and encouragement every step of the way. Just as the Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7), we open our arms to all who seek a place of belonging and purpose.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM -

The Way Church is guided by a dedicated leadership team, each member bringing unique strengths and gifts to our shared leadership model. We believe in the power of collaboration, fostering a diverse team with complementary skills that drive the vision and mission of our church. Our leaders are passionate about creating a healthy, thriving community, and they invest their talents in areas like spiritual growth, discipleship, and organizational development. Together, we strive to create an environment where everyone can encounter God’s love and grow in their faith.

Johnny Carson

Johnny is the pastor of the The Way Church.

While pastor at Whitehead Baptist, Johnny was convinced of the need for local churches to be ruthlessly committed to both serious attention to the word of God and serious pursuit of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In early 2017, Jonathan began to feel stirred and unsettled in ministry and after a season of seeking the Lord, he and his wife Sandra were convinced the Lord was calling them to step out in faith and plant a church. Jonathan announced his notice and left his church at the end of 2017.

Johnny and his wife Sandra Carson moved to Ballyclare when God placed a strong burden in their hearts for this town. In 2018 they took a step of faith, knowing God had work for them to do and they planted The Way Church. As a result of obedience to God’s instruction and God’s blessing the church has grown and is flourishing.

WHAT WE BELIEVE -

EVANGELICAL

Evangelical in our emphasis We are a gospel people, desiring to proclaim the supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things through his gospel. The word gospel means ‘good news’ so that our central message is a ‘done’ as opposed to a ‘do’. Despite other distinctives we may emphasise, we believe the gospel is of ‘first importance’.

REFORMED

Reformed in our understanding of salvation We believe the reformed view of man’s inability to save himself or turn to God, alongside the nature of unconditional love and grace on God’s part, best reflects the teaching of the scripture. We believe the members of the Triune God work in perfect unity in their distinct roles – the father predestines, the son comes to pay atonement on their behalf and the Spirit effectively regenerates and unites believers to Christ through the power of the gospel.

ETHOS

Charismatic in our ethos We do not believe the Holy Spirit has ceased from giving any of the gifts he gave the early Church. We therefore are theological continuationists. With this, we believe there is a gospel imperative to pursue the gifts and to practice them according to the biblical guidelines. We believe God grants signs of the presence of the kingdom in not only salvation and sanctification, but in deliverance from demons, healing from disease and oral gifts of the Spirit being in operation. While not denying the omnipresence of God and his promise to be with his people – we believe scripture also calls us to ‘seek his presence’ and that he is willing to manifest it amongst us.

GOSPEL

Sufficient Gospel We believe in the sufficiency of the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the written word of God. The kingdom of God extends not through pragmatism but through power; a power that is accompanied in and through the preaching of Christ crucified.

COMMUNITY

Set Apart Community The church is a called-out community of saints and priests who are called to model what it is like to walk under the Lordship of Christ. This will simultaneously attract and repel the world. As a set apart community, we value corporate worship as God’s people come together to meet with him.

GIFTS

Spiritual Gifts God has given and continues to give gifts to his church by his sovereign will & in response to his people pursuing them. The local church is therefore a gifted community. Because of this, church ministry should be gift driven as opposed to programme driven. Ministry should work through the people as opposed to being based from a building.

CHURCH

Sent Church Jesus’ final words to his church was to ‘go’. God’s people are sent missionaries. We want to be a mission minded people focusing first and foremost on our own doorstep as well as the nations – especially the unreached. The end will not come until all people groups hear, and the lamb receives the full reward of his sufferings.