Vision Story


Dawn Scott Damon
Lead Vision Architect

In 2006, after an intense season of prayer, Pastor Julian Newman and Pastor Dawn Scott Damon, along with a small band of dreamers were given a vision of a ministry named Tribes Church. This church would be part of a world changing movement where people from every social sector would leverage their unique talents and abilities. Breaking the barriers of race, generation, and class — a picture of Revelation 7:9 — Tribes Church would be a catalytic fusion of humanity deeply in love with Jesus and His mission to redeem our city. Not limiting ministry to the physical church building, Tribes would inspire Christ followers to bring the ministry of Jesus to the marketplace.

The Vision of Tribes was not just for people to simply attend church, but to be the church, transforming Grand Rapidians into passionately engaged followers of Jesus. God has placed within each of us gifts, passions, and abilities to build the church and bring the kingdom.

Though the vision burned bright, the doors and details didn’t come together until 2013, when God revived the dream and released divine favor that the dream of Tribes Church would finally come true. With unique church/entrepreneurial/marketplace/artistic partnerships, Tribes Church launched in North Grand Rapids, in October of 2014.

Today Tribes Church is a multi-cultural community of passionate Christ followers, who desire to look and love like Heaven. Running two AM Sunday services, Tribes serves over 400 people attending their services.

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It’s time to Dream Again

In the Bible, a man named Joseph was given a dream from God. But before his dream could come to pass, he faced ridicule, sabotage, and other nasty "dream thieves." Like Joseph, you may have a dream inside of you from the Lord. In this teaching, you will learn to face the obstacles every dreamer goes through, and how to overcome!

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