Making Jesus real to people, inviting them to follow.
We are a group of people working together to work at being and doing church in creative new ways.
The Gathering is a way for people who don't like "church," and those who do, to experience God at work in their own lives. You might be checking church out for the first time, or coming back after a long time away. We are working at creating a safe place for people to explore questions of faith.
Gathered. We believe we can do things together that cannot happen alone. We believe isolation operates in human lives to separate us from others.(Matthew 19:20; Acts 2:1-14)
Authenticity. We are real with God. (Psalm 51) We strive to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15), with each other, and live lives of integrity around how we speak and live with others.
Teamwork. Every believer is created for ministry, valued for ministry, authorized for ministry, and needed for ministry. All are invited, through their gifts to be of service to others. We value doing things in teams rather than alone. (1 Cor 12; Romans 12; Ephesians 4:7-16)
Hospitality. Every piece of the church's life is invitational. No part of it exists more as a mission than other parts. The way we do all of church together is hospitable in its nature. Our core area of hospitality is our small group ministry. (Acts 2:46,47)
Excellence. We try to put forth our best efforts. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Relevance. We believe the way we do church, the forms we communicate with, are an essential part of communicating to those we are trying to engage with the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:22,23)
Invitational. All our life as a church body is invitational. We are doing this out of a love of God, and a desire to reach others with the good news of Jesus. (Matthew 28:16-20; John 1:46)
New life in Jesus. The goal of our life together is a transformed life lived under the leadership of Jesus, and striving to do so in every area of life. Out of this relationship flows the fruits of the spirit of God (Galatians 5:22), and service to others. This new life is made evident through growing into the character of Jesus by studying the Bible and seeking to apply its teaching to one's life, and through regular times of prayer (2 Corinthians 5:17,18)
Gift oriented ministry. When we are connected to ministry at the point of the unique gifts God has given to each one of us, it brings life to us, and life for others as well. (Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 12, 14; Ephesians 4)