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Mission & Vision

MISSION

The Gathering Church is learning how to be present to God, connected to one another, and engaged in loving the world.

VISION STATEMENTS

We are becoming a church that…

… finds joy in God and one another

We want to become more and more aware of God’s presence among us and to help others awaken to the God who knows and loves us all. Instead of busy-ness, distraction, and disconnection, we want God to show us how to be present and attentive to him and to each other.

… sees and loves others the way Jesus did and does

We want to have Jesus’s vision for the world. Generally, we don’t see or love like Jesus does. We see a broken status quo; Jesus sees potential for real renewal. We mostly look for people who can serve us; Jesus looks for those he can love and serve, those for whom he even gave his very life.

… celebrates the breadth of our gifts and creativity to glorify God and bless others

We want to have a vivid imagination for how God can and will use each of us to contribute with our loves, histories, talents, and interests to the Kingdom of God in our place and time. Everyone has something to add, gifts from God, that can be transformed and grown.

… participates in God’s renewal of all things

We want to be a part of the flourishing available for the people, places, and things around us. As Resurrection People, we want to be actively involved in the Holy Spirit’s work of breathing new life into God’s world.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Gathering Church affirms, with the Church throughout the ages, the Apostles’ Creed:

We believe in God the Father: Almighty Creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ: God’s only Son, our Lord.  Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried;  He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again;  He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit: The holy catholic Church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.