Why the name Surprise?

Our name comes from a story Jesus tells in Luke 15 about a lost young man who doesn’t expect to be welcomed home. But when he returns, his father runs to embrace him and throws him a surprise party.
 
That’s the kind of community we want to be.
 
 

Our Mission

We seek to be the Surprise of God to a world in need by building a family of servant missionaries. Missionaries aren’t “spiritual superheros” sent across the world. They’re normal people like you, who are sent by God to their homes, neighborhoods, and schools.
 

Church has left the building!

We believe that Jesus is the greatest surprise in the world, and so His followers must be surprising.  So when we gather on Sundays, we remind ourselves that worship truly begins when the church leaves the building to be the Surprise of God to a World in Need.
 
 
What is Surprise’s Story?
 
In 2013, Matt and Lacee Anderson moved to North Dakota in order to start Surprise Church with assistance of Charity and Calvary Lutheran churches. Inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son–in which a lost young man was welcomed home with a Surprise Party–they dreamed of a community of “Good Older Brothers” who would be the Surprise of God to a world in need.
 
Surprise Church Bismarck was born on October 12, 2014, with the vision to develop and send people to impact the local community and start new churches.
 
On October 1, 2017, Surprise Church Mandan was born, the first of many new churches that believe in a God who would rather Surprise than condemn us. Join us for our next Starting Line class to hear the full Surprise Story.
 
What “denomination” is Surprise?
 
Surprise doesn’t really fit into an old-fashioned category that once defined or divided churches. Surprise has always been an “inter-denominational” community of people from every background. At the same time, we are proud of our roots in the Lutheran heritage (LCMC) and enjoy an active partnership with Charity Lutheran Church. We welcome people from every background join us and can’t wait to meet you!
Email info@surprisechurch.com to join us for our next Starting Line lunch.
 

The Path for Growth

 
Click here to learn how we love to help people grow at Surprise!