Who We Are | Basic Q&A
- Are you a church?
Yes, but not in the usual ways. We don’t own or rent a building or have paid ministers or make people “members.” Our main focus is building relationships that reflect the Lord Jesus (His words, practice, and identity). We’re persons at different places in our lives and relationship with God who get together often to work at being family, encourage each other toward good works, and invite others along the way. That’s what is meant when we say we’re a “Community of Disciple Makers.” We are not looking for church “market share,” to be your everything, but what we do offer for God-seekers is a healthy, intimate place with others who sincerely want to be family.
Our goal is also to help you see who God is in Christ Jesus, to identify what God made you for—your cause/purpose—and to help you walk that out (we call that “equipping,” which takes time and resources). That’s what a church is for (or should be): helping you work out what God has worked into you (see Philippians 2:12-13 and Ephesians 4:12-13). It’s tough to do that alone and on your own.
- What does that practically look like?
We get together in our homes and sometimes local coffee shops and bistros to talk about life, politics, faith, our goals and struggles, and God’s word and work, so we can grow into the purposes God has for us in Jesus Christ.
When we meet, we always eat a meal together, sometimes have Communion (the Lord’s Supper) and share God’s worth (“worship”), and spend the bulk of our time talking and sharing Life. We usually meet three hours each week. That may seem like a long time, but if you eat a big meal together and get to talking about life and deep things, the time goes quickly. Add in some prayer, and you fill the time easily. We often find ourselves needing to cut off discussion so we can end each meeting promptly. That’s especially important if it’s a school night. We want to make sure parents can get their kids to bed on time.
- Do you have leadership?
Absolutely. We have elders who oversee our fellowship in the Spirit and wisdom of the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:1-5. They meet regularly to pray over the fellowship and maintain connections to Jesus’ Church (we’re associated with several groups). At each meeting, we also need someone to set the agenda, keep discussions on topic, manage the money (we have a bookkeeper), and manage communication and purchasing (we have an administrator). We also have other leaders who have identified their calling as Apostle Paul mentions in Ephesians 4:11-12 who are there to equip all the saints for their works of service. More here.
- Speaking of kids… Do you have childcare?
Yes. We don’t have a children’s ministry, just paid childcare that we do in our homes. Who does the childcare and where that happens depends on who we need childcare for. We’d love to have something more formal, but this works for us for now. We do pay for the childcare, so you don’t have to; no need to worry about that.
- What if I have more questions?
Click the Contact tab to the right and ask us anything you want to know! We welcome you.