Northstar is a community of believers who value intimacy with God and connection with others through community, discipleship and worship. Northstar is dedicated to creating a space where people can engage with Jesus. Northstar’s vision is to experience Jesus and to equip others to do the same through the mission of go. love. live.
Go to the missing.
Love the marginalized.
Live as God’s kids.
OUR Core values
Northstar's three core values guide everything we do.
Community | We strive to foster authentic community grounded in love and marked by generosity, vulnerability and a healthy balance of grace and truth.
Discipleship | We empower each person to become more like Jesus. We realize everyone is in process (us too!) so we have no false expectations of perfection. We also know that spiritual growth brings life and freedom so we encourage everyone to jump into an opportunity for discipleship.
Worship | It's God's story we are living in, not our own. We worship with open hands and hearts recognizing that Jesus is all we need.
Our Core Beliefs
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how it all began
Northstar was founded to foster a community of passionate Christ-followers in Loveland, Ohio.
- In early 2002, Matt Massey and David Smith, pastors at Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, at the time, began to talk with leadership about the potential for a church plant in their community of Loveland.
- On October 6, 2002, Northstar opened its doors for the first time with a kick-off Sunday celebration with several hundred packed into the Loveland Middle School cafeteria.
- In 2003, Northstar became aware of 300 families in the community living below the poverty line. This realization was the catalyst for an increased emphasis on community outreach and a commitment to give 25% of all tithe donations back to those in need in the community and beyond.
- In the years that followed, Northstar would launch multiple community programs to empower and equip vulnerable families in the area, including the Care Center, Jacob's Ladder, Pathfinders and The Solomon Program. The strong emphasis on serving marginalized families continues still today.
- In the early years, Northstar met in the Loveland Middle School cafeteria and then middle school auditorium, before moving to the Loveland High School auditorium in 2005.
- Later in 2005, Northstar revamped its mission to put words to what we believed God was calling us to do. Go. Love. Live.
- In 2011, through a partnership with Grace Church of Loveland, Northstar Vineyard Church became Northstar Community Church with the tagline a community of grace.
- In 2012, renovations began on the former Grace Church building. Renovations were completed by 2013.
- On October 13, 2013, we held our first Sunday morning celebration at the current South Lebanon Rd location. After 11 years of gathering at various Loveland public schools, Northstar finally had a place to call home.
- In 2014, Northstar began discipleship huddles as a way to make disciples who make disciples.
- 2016 marked the launch of Sanctuary, (OTR campus), Micro Churches, and The School of Kingdom Ministry.