Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. Serena and I are the founders of Changing the Culture, a Christian Non-Profit (501c3) ministry out of Port Byron, IL that is called to encourage and equip God’s people to encounter Him. Our three areas of focus is best known under the acronym “H.I.S.” and stands for “H-ealing His Church, I-nspiring His Children, and S-trengthening His Family.” Everything we do for this move of God will fall under one of these three platforms. Alongside the ministry, we have the pleasure and joy of raising up 5 beautiful children together on a small plot of land that has also the home to goats, dogs, chickens, and cats.
Changing the Culture started in 2013 when Serena’s brother, Jason Scott, would fall into the realm of depression and make the choice to end his life. It was this tragic loss that would grip our hearts and catapult us into seeking God’s calling on our life. Upon asking, seeking, and knocking on the heart of our Father in Heaven we understood that it was time for God’s children to Change the Culture: “To live the Galatians 2:20 lifestyle where it was no longer we that live but Christ in us!” The only question that remained was, “How do we change the culture?”
We soon learned that before we can be used to change the culture…we would have to change “our” culture. For 5 years, Serena and I would undergo a total transformation as God began to remove everything in our hearts that was not of Him. We would have to endure physical, mental and spiritual hardships of all different types all while trying our best to keep the covenant of marriage a priority. We would survive a head-on collision in our mini-van, an unexpected death in the family, and a destructive 50-foot barn fire that would take 2 years of our life to rebuild. We trust however, that all of this was necessary for us to go through so that the proven genuineness of our faith could be revealed (1 Peter 1:7).
Looking back, we know that all the impurities had to come out, as being refined like gold, through trials and tribulation so that when he called us into full time ministry we were ready to praise, glorify, and honor Him in the way we conducted ourselves. The decision to start moving forward came in the month of April of 2018 when we filed for our 501c3 under the articles of incorporation for Changing the Culture. Since then God continues to give us wisdom and understanding on how exactly he plans on using us to change the culture.
Be encouraged, be blessed, and know that God loves you!
– Cory and Serena Dye
The whole Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God. We understand that it was written by men, but we also know it was inspired by God and therefore is the absolute authority in the Christian faith. The bible is without error and composed of 66 books.
(John 17:17, John 16:13 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
GOD, Jesus, and Holy Spirit who are co-eternal in Nature, Being, Power, Glory, Attributes, and Perfection. We take the same stance as the Nicene Creed (One Triune God)
(2 Corinthians 13:13, Matthew 3:16-17, Mathew 28:19, John 14:16-17)
Through Jesus all things were created. He is supreme over all creation, he existed before all of creation. His sacrifice on the cross, has enabled us to have eternal life by surrendering our entire life to Him. Jesus Christ was and is 100% man and 100% God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin (Mary), lived his entire life as a human without sin, accomplished His perfect will by dying on the cross as a sacrifice for the redemption of all mankind. 3 Days Later Jesus Arose from that death, physically returning to this world for a short time to proclaim His victory. Then he ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God as our High Priest.
(Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:35, John 1:1-5,14-15, Hebrews 2:5-18, Romans 3:24-26, John 20:28)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead (Trinity) and is the seal of salvation for all those who believe in Christ Jesus. Without the Holy Spirit you cannot enter Heaven. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, draws people to know Jesus, and helps us live a life of Holiness for the Glory of Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives us the Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit and
(John 3:6-8, John 14:26, Acts 2:38, John 16:12-15)
People were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him. Through our own doing, we fell into sin and separated ourselves from God which in turn is the main reason why God sent His Son Jesus into the world to save it. Created in God’s image to have a relationship with Him. Humanity is made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood for them. The human race cannot earn salvation by works and is simply because they surrender their life over to the one who purchased it on Calvary’s hilltop when He died on the cross for our sins.
(Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 2: 1-3,12, Romans 3:22-23; 5:12)
THE HOPE (Salvation):
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin through the free gift of grace. We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, provides the only needed basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation by grace to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. This is not just a prayer though but an attitude of the heart. A true surrendering of one’s life over to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 7:16-20, Ephesians 2:8-10; 1:7, John 1:12, 1 Peter 1: 18-19)
BAPTISM & LORD'S SUPPER:
We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by God’s people whenever they feel necessary. Baptism: Immersion Only, not for salvation but is a declaration of a person’s commitment to follow Christ Jesus and is a key component to being made new here on this earth. When you arise out of the water you are a new creation. Your old self has been buried and died with Christ on the cross. You are now a slave to Christ, not sin!
The Lord’s Supper (Communion): We believe it should be open and free for all people who consider themselves to be a part of God’s family.
(Matthew 28:13, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Acts 22:16)
THE MINISTRY & SPIRITUAL GIFTS:
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer's responsibility to develop their sovereignty given spiritual gift(s). We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of a deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7-8). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to him/her. We also firmly believe in the five fold (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, and Teachers) to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13).
(Romans 12:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-14:40, 1 Peter 4: 10-11)
We will continue to have our Nights of Encounter on Tuesday's starting at 6pm. This is our weekly fellowship for youth ages 14-19. We provide a full meal, safe christian fellowship, and get into prayer, worship and the word. It is spirit led and encourages youth to pursue God with all their heart.
The pictures above provide a glimpse into the building we want to establish our Prayer and Worship facility in. We need to raise $500,000 to complete the vision which includes: Video and Audio Recording Studio, Prayer and Worship rooms, Bible Study Rooms, Worship Center, Youth Game Room, Petting Zoo, Coffee Shop, and will eventually be the home to 12 interns that want to get equipped in youth ministry through Changing the Culture.
We are passionate about raising up other ministries and believe that we are all united together in Christ. Our goal is to do the will of the Father and make sure that we are supporting the youth in their calling and anointing's and helping them raise up their own ministries outside of Changing the Culture.