A New Gathering of Christians

[This document has been a work in progress for about 10 years.  It represents more-or-less current vision and thinking and is not in any way a reality yet.  Last revised 3/1/2015]

  • Activities, “look & feel”
    • Informal, living-room environment—spontaneous, but intentional and with structure
    • Openly participating in various devotional activities, including worship, prayer, and communion
    • Bible study
        • Seriously investigating—and endeavoring to submit to—scripture texts from a contextual and responsible vantage point
        • Taking advantage of opportunities for any Bible student to teach, allowing us to hear God through scripture
    • Conversation about real life and its intersection with the Kingship of God
  • Philosophy and Manner
    • Carefully progressive yet ancient, both modern and postmodern, conservative yet liberal, traditional yet contemporary, primitivist but not off-puttingly so
    • Nonsectarian and non-franchise
      • Affiliated with no denomination, yet not isolated from the larger Christian community
      • Aware of, and informed by, history and tradition
        • focused on the 1st century
        • particularly aware of certain principles and practices of the Anabaptist movement and the frontier American Restoration Movement
        • conversant with the strengths, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of diverse religious traditions
      • Non-hierarchical leadership (no salaries or titles) and mutually pastoral
    • In terms of theological orientation and church practice, as purely biblical as it is possible to be (not explicitly Arminian or Calvinist, for example)
  • Goals
    • Authentic relationships with each other and with God
    • Faithful Christian living
    • Eventual replication
    • Missional service to the household of faith, the community, and those beyond

3 thoughts on “A New Gathering of Christians

  1. debbie z 09/22/2012 / 12:29 pm

    Oh, I want to find this place this side of heaven

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    • Brian Casey 09/22/2012 / 12:31 pm

      You know what? Me, too! Not sure who you are, but I’d like to meet you if you were nearby. 🙂

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