A gathering for missional community leaders and their teams, anyone who is interested in leading a missional community, and all covenant partners. Meets 10am–12noon the second Sunday of every month at Cedar Ridge in their youth room (main room in west building).
Currently the Gathering Network hosts two celebration services monthly, the second and fourth Sundays in Cedar Ridge Christian Church’s gymnasium. These services provide worship,
prayer, and relevant teaching accessible to anyone searching for a passionate expression
of Christian worship and faith. If there happens to be a fifth Sunday in a given month, we have our celebration service and dedicate it to all worship and prayer.
A disciple is a student.
Jesus called his students disciples, and he taught them how to “make disciples,
that could make disciples, that could make disciples.” Jesus’ students
learned how to bring heaven to earth through obedience to his ideas, or commands.
Discipleship is learning how to live like Jesus in a way that can be emulated by
someone else, so the world can change—one person at a time.
2's and 3's (or 2/3's) [discipleship groups]
2/3's are discipleship groups that practice an activity and are not designed to be an entity themselves. They exist more for the hard work of spiritual transformation, obedience to Jesus, and the multiplication of disciples rather than community and comfort [though we hope every 2/3 will overflow those qualities]. These groups are a radical minimum standard of community and they grow organically out of relationships as they form throughout the Gathering Network. There can be more than 2 or 3 people in a "2/3." :)
Evangelism is almost a dirty word
in our culture, because the way the church has “evangelized” people
has been, in many cases, inappropriate and offensive. Yet, we believe Jesus has
commanded us to share our faith everywhere, in human and sincere ways driven by
love, sincerity, and a deep generosity of all that life in Jesus affords [prayer,
service, miracles, giving, kindness, peacemaking, etc]. We call this value sharing
Jesus generously and always.
Huddles are the Gathering Network's leadership development path. Those who are leading missional communities and are at the forefront of a missional movement need the support and direction of others in the same position. Huddles exist to support and equip missional community leaders as they support and equip their missional communities.
Jesus is the center
of the Christian Movement. We recognize that his profound influence on humanity
was motivated by something more than morality and conscience. We believe
he was the Son of God, whose mission in history was to live a sinless life and then
willingly die for sins he did not commit. We believe that on the cross, Jesus took
upon himself the collective sin of humanity, and that he died under the burden of
humanity's sin. We believe that Jesus was actually dead, miraculously
resurrected by the power of God, and will return to be reunited with us. His resurrection and return mean everything to us, because
we believe the same power that brought him back to life is actually bringing us
back to life. We esteem him as the source of forgiveness, salvation, grace, and full restoration.
Kingdom of God
Jesus preached about the Kingdom
of God more than any other idea. The Kingdom of God could be described as the culture
of heaven and the worldview that promotes its expansion on the earth. The commands
of Jesus describe the look and feel of heaven, and when obeyed, bring experiences
of heaven to earth. Thus, Jesus desires all who follow him to obey and practice
his commands and ideas—and to share them with the world so that the world
might be renewed and enjoy the kingship of God.
Training Project is a summer internship providing an intensive leadership development
path for college students (or college-aged individuals) wanting to learn about how
to follow Jesus and impact their world.
A term used to describe the primary
missionary calling of every follower of Jesus. To be missional means "to leave the
church building” and join Jesus where he is working to build his kingdom in
An extended family—joining together to be used by God to make wrong things right in the lives of our friends, neighbors, city, and beyond.
missional community is a 'sent' community with one of its defining values being
the development of a church-life and practice that is contextualized to that culture
to which it believes it has been sent.” —Frost/Hirsch in The Shaping
of Things to Come
Person of Peace
When Jesus sent his disciples out to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God, he told them to look for people of peace who were open to them and open to hearing their message. People of peace are those in your life whom you love, enjoy being around, and are curious to know more about the person of Jesus and his work in your life.