Our mission is to grow a multiplying movement of Christians who are committed to being the church in their neighborhoods.
We believe the church should be relentless about keeping its mission in focus. Jesus left his people (and his church) with clear instructions for mission when he gave us the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). The following is our church mission statement that encompasses our approach to this commission in the place where God has called us. Our mission is to grow a multiplying movement of Christians who are committed to being the church in their neighborhoods.
Our vision is to see New Jersey as the birthplace for spiritual awakening in this country. We believe God is calling our church leaders to reimagine what it means to be the church in our context; that starts with being relentless about the biblical mandate of the Great Commission and being diligent with the cultivation of true Christian community. With that foundation we will see a movement of churches spending more time outside their walls than in their pews; we will see faithful churches revitalized and energized; we will see baptisms taking place weekly, not yearly; and we will see hundreds of new churches bringing new spiritual life and turning the spiritual tide in NJ. We believe God is calling us to plant 3 healthy, small to mid-sized, diverse, multigenerational, multiplying churches in the next six years and to help faithful churches around us do the same.
There is no better way of understanding Branch Church than getting to know our values. Our values are like the DNA of our culture. They are what we hold close and what we talk about; they are what we measure and what we celebrate.
There is no greater calling than to love God. We want to be known as people who fiercely run after him. (Matt 22:37-38)
Jesus said people will know we are his followers by our love. We refuse to be on the sidelines for that. (Matt 22:39, John 13:35)
Jesus appointed the Twelve to “be with him.” Discipleship happens in intentional, authentic, day-to-day relationships. (Mark 3:14, Prov 27:17)
Our heartbeat is to partner across denominational, ethnic and geographic boundaries to see Jesus’ Kingdom built, not our own. (Rom 15:20)
Paul trained Timothy and told him to train others, who will be able to train still others. That’s exponential leadership. (2 Tim 2:2)
One of the most influential documents in modern Christian history is the Lausanne Covenant. In 1974, in Lausanne Switzerland, thousands of church leaders from across the globe convened to write and adopt this covenant calling the church to its mission. We are inspired by the missional unity displayed as believers convened across denominational, generational, demographic and geographic borders to covenant together for the Great Commission. Included in this covenant was a statement of faith written under the leadership of John Stott, Billy Graham, Francis Schaeffer and Carl Henry that is affirmed by thousands of congregations from over 150 nations.
For Branch Church, one of our deepest desires is to partner with other Christian churches in our region to passionately carry the mission that Jesus has given his Church. As such, we have adopted a modified version of this respected document as our community statement for faith.
(Isa. 40:28; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 1:11; Acts 15:14; John 17:6, 18; Eph 4:12; 1 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 12:2; II Cor. 4:7)
(II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18)
(Gal. 1:6-9;Rom. 1:18-32; I Tim. 2:5,6; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-19; II Pet. 3:9; II Thess. 1:7-9;John 4:42; Matt. 11:28; Eph. 1:20,21; Phil. 2:9-11)
obedience to Christ, incorporation into his Church and responsible service in the world.(Matt, 28:16-20,I Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 2: 32-39; John 20:21; I Cor. 1:23; II Cor. 4:5; 5:11,20; Luke 14:25-33; Mark 8:34; Acts 2:40,47; Mark 10:43-45)
(John 17:18; 20:21; Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 20:27; Eph. 1:9,10; 3:9-11; Gal. 6:14,17; II Cor. 6:3,4; II Tim. 2:19-21; Phil. 1:27)
(Acts 17:26,31; Gen. 18:25; Isa. 1:17; Psa. 45:7; Gen. 1:26,27; Jas. 3:9; Lev. 19:18; Luke 6:27,35; Jas. 2:14-26; Joh. 3:3,5; Matt. 5:20; 6:33; II Cor. 3:18; Jas. 2:20)
(John 17:21,23; Eph. 4:3,4; John 13:35; Phil. 1:27; John 17:11-23)
(Matt 28:16-20, I Corinthians 11:17-26, Luke 22:7-20, Matt 3:13-16)
(Eph. 6:12; II Cor. 4:3,4; Eph. 6:11,13-18; II Cor. 10:3-5; I John 2:18-26; 4:1-3; Gal. 1:6-9; II Cor. 2:17; 4:2; John 17:15)
(I Cor. 2:4; John 15:26;27; 16:8-11; I Cor. 12:3; John 3:6-8; II Cor. 3:18; John 7:37-39; I Thess. 5:19; Acts 1:8; Psa. 85:4-7; 67:1-3; Gal. 5:22,23; I Cor. 12:4-31; Rom. 12:3-8)
(Mark 14:62; Heb. 9:28; Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8-11; Matt. 28:20; Mark 13:21-23; 1 John 2:18; 4:1-3; Luke 12:32; Rev. 21:1-5; II Pet. 3:13; Matt. 28:18)
Dare to out
Darren LeBlanc – Pastor
A big picture guy to the core, Darren has been called a grand storyteller and dreamer. He is incredibly passionate about the vision that God is birthing in Branch and has a knack for helping people see their place in the big story. An engineer by trade and a pastor at heart, Darren brings proven strategic leadership to the team from his experience leading multi-million dollar tech programs. Darren has been president of a non-profit, an award-winning blogger, and has served on pastoral teams in 2 area churches. Darren has studied leadership at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education, Engineering at Messiah College, and currently holds a 4.0 in an Master of Arts of Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary.
Darren has been married to his wife Kristin for six years. Together they live in Lincroft, NJ with their daughters Olivia, Sophia and Amaia.
Funny Fact: Darren used to play all-night games of Risk at Jared’s house when they were in High School.
Jared Murray – Pastor
Jared grew up in Monmouth County and has pastored here for the last 12 years in a church plant. His heart comes alive in connecting, mentoring and teaching and that’s what you will find him doing most days. He has a bad habit of waking up at 3am to read books on the mission of the church, but we don’t mind. He is committed to making disciples by developing leaders who are enthusiastic ambassadors for Christ and by forming communities that center on grace, outreach and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Jared has a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies from Gordon College with a concentration in Biblical Languages and is just a few credits away from his M.Div from Biblical Theological Seminary. As Pastor of Branch, Jared will share the teaching responsibility with Darren, mentor Branch Community leaders, and oversee the Commissional Institute.
Jared has been married to his wife Kimberly for seven years. Together they live in Howell, NJ with their son Asher and twin daughters Ellie and Gabby.
Funny Fact: In 1999, Jared financed production of a record for Darren’s old rock band, Reign Storm.
You are invited!
We hope this page has given you a little taste of what we are about! The only real way to see who we are and what we are about is to come visit us this Sunday. So we invite you to join us this Sunday at 4pm. We will be saving you a seat!