Colossae Church Strengthens Ties with Tigard-Tualatin

on Sunday, March 01, 2015 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

Several churches within the greater metro area have developed a special connection with one of the local school districts. One such connection that has been growing over the past couple of years is the relationship between Colossae Church and the Tigard-Tualatin School District. As this relationship has deepened, so has the impact on the surrounding community.

Justin Peterson, who helps the congregation at Colossae "be the community God desires," works with Lead Pastor Chuck Bomar and church staffer Ally Herr to connect Colossae directly with the Tigard Tualatin School District. Two years ago, Justin was commissioned by the church elders to invest significant time each week working onsite at the district office and in the district's schools. More recently the church brought Ally on board to serve as a direct connection between the church and the district's family resource center. Together they are working with Superintendent Ernie Brown and his team to meet needs for the families within the district.

Ally's job changes with the season. In December her job focused on coordinating the "Holiday Help Sponsorship Program" for the district. Her work in that program was the focus on an article published by the Tigard Times (

Justin and Ally are working to bring the Colossae congregation into a position where they can meet specific needs in their community through their partnership with local schools. The response of the school district has been enthusiastic. Superintendent Brown particularly acknowledged this partnership when discussing plans with SPN for an upcoming Pastor & Principals gathering later this year.

Those in the Colossae congregation, who have been involved in various church-school projects, have seen the vital role a church can play in touching the lives of families through partnership with their local schools. By maintaining communication with the district office and local school administrators, church members are improving their knowledge and understanding of the best ways to be of service. They are also gaining practical insight into how both the school and the church can experience success. Volunteers have found their experiences to be both challenging and rewarding.

The point that seems clear from witnessing the growth of this partnership between Colossae and the Tigard-Tualatin District is this: you only need a heart to serve and the courage to start. Chuck, Justin and Ally are all examples of how taking such small steps of faith can lead to incredible opportunities to live out our faith. We commend the vision and commitment of the folks at Colossae and encourage other congregations to follow.