Encompass Church

Navigating life together

Navigating life together

Lance Whorton, a licensed physical therapist with years of professional experience in the field, is the senior pastor of Encompass Church in Navarre. So, what would motivate a successful physical therapist to leave his career to start a church? Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Churchgoers’ challenge: Escape from Noah’s ark

Churchgoers’ challenge: Escape from Noah’s ark

Entering the West Navarre Primary School cafeteria on recent Sunday, the congregation of Encompass Church Navarre was greeted by a large enclosed area decorated with rainbows, clouds and wild animals. Inside the area were a variety of puzzles and locked boxes, each color coded. In one locked box were eating utensils and plates. Read the […]

Local children gain mobility through adaptive cars

Local children gain mobility through adaptive cars

For children under the age of 3 with developmental delays, mobility is a struggle. They are often not yet walking, or they may be unable to walk. When their peers are learning to go out and explore the world and play, they are bound to a parent’s arms. Wheelchairs for children this age are impractical […]

Research finds young adults falling away from the church

Research finds young adults falling away from the church

Roughly three of every four teens currently in a church youth group will not be sitting in a pew after they graduate high school. Multiple studies by groups such as research firm Barna Group (ongoing), Pew Research (2016) and the Protestant Church (2011) have all come to roughly similar conclusions: young adults, specifically millennials, are […]

Encompass launches with technology twist

Encompass launches with technology twist

Worship songs filled the cafeteria of West Navarre Primary School Sunday as Encompass Church found their new home for weekly services. Pastor Lance Whorton told the gathered congregation that they should be excited to be part of the church’s first big step: launching weekly Sunday worship. “We are excited to be here and start getting […]

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Pastor for Encompass Navarre Lance Whorton and his family made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week as part of a mission trip to grow their faith. Along with a dozen other Americans from throughout the region, the Whorton family traveled to the place where it really happened. They spent three days in and […]

Encompass church launches Sunday service

Encompass church launches Sunday service

Encompass Church held their first official Sunday service this week at Helen Back Again in Navarre. The casual-style service was focused on what this new church would be and why it was needed in the community. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

Encompass Church worships without walls

Encompass Church worships without walls

There’s a new church in town, but don’t go looking for a building with a steeple or any building for that matter. Encompass Church of Navarre, founded by United Methodist Pastor Lance Whorton, formed back in July with one purpose: bring more people to Christ, and the members are following that mission without a physical […]