Overview of Our Churches
Reality is a family of churches. Reality Carpinteria was born on September 7, 2003. Since that time we have birthed churches in Los Angeles, Stockton, and San Francisco, CA. We also have a grandchild in London, England, that was birthed from Reality LA. Our next church will be in Boston, MA and is scheduled to start in the fall of 2012. God has called Reality to be a church planting movement. We never sought to be this, but it has become clear that this is what God is calling us to do and be, and it is something we are passionate about.
Though planting is the common metaphor for starting new churches, we prefer to call what we do church birthing. Birthing is more labor intensive and relational than the planting metaphor suggests. When God called Reality to birth churches, He gave us a strategy that we knew would be slow, deeply relational, and require heavy investment. The birthing process has been all of those things. It has also been a wonderful process that has deeply enriched the life of our local church.
For Reality, growth means slow growth. Our goal is to plant healthy churches, not many churches. Jesus is the One who builds the church (Matt. 16:18), is the head of the church (Col, 1:18), is the only Senior Pastor in the church (1 Peter 5:4), and is the one who loves the church (Eph. 5:25). Therefore, we are deeply thankful that He has invited us to partner with Him in His passion of planting churches.
We have also launched campuses in Ventura and Santa Barbara. Campuses differ from our church plants in that the church plants are autonomous while the campuses share leadership, teaching, resources, and expertise. Reality Santa Barbara is one church in three locations (Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura.)