Here are a few snapshots of the kind of church we seek to be:
A church with a reputation for loving our neighbors:
Our church is committed to investing in long-term relational service to the needs of San Franciscans. We want to serve the community such that if we were ever to announce that, for whatever reason, we had to leave the city, our non-Christian neighbors would line up and ask us to stay due to the good work we are doing in blessing the city.
A church leading in mission to post-Christian culture:
Our Catechumenate and intentionally “thick” culture of Christianity will be seen by other churches as a model of how to be faithful to Christ in the midst of a secular, post-Christian culture.
A church practicing a variety of modes of faithful commitment to the Lordship of Christ:
Intentional communities living together practicing a new monastic form of life inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict
Families working together to cultivate a Christian community supportive of their children – where being a Christian is culturally normalized
Couples and individual families viewing their home as a “domestic church” – intentionally cultivating patterns of prayer, worship, and discipleship in the life of the home
Unmarried people embraced into community-life and family-life such that no person is isolated from the experience of belonging in the Family of Christ
A church with multiple on-ramps to Christian faith in the context of a womb of grace.
Our gospel-sharing efforts are shaped by:
- The power of story (both our stories of faith and The Story)
- The beauty of our loving community life
- The invisible, ongoing work of prayer
- The hope inspired by ministries of healing and life restoration
- The public witness of good deeds in our city.
A church intent on multiplication:
Viewing ourselves as a “mother church” we will actively work to plant new daughter churches. Our goal will be to start increasingly localized congregations in places where people already congregate, starting within the 20-mile radius of downtown San Francisco.
Five commitments that shape our community life
We seek to be…
Responsive: Awakened by Grace
God always makes the first move; we’re forever responding. His move is grace. [Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 2:11, 3:3-7; Romans 5:8]
Rooted: Grounded in Love
In a society crippled by insecurity, we crave a place to belong. That place is the unchanging love of God. Our identity is rooted in Christ. [Romans 8:31-39; John 13:34-35; Ephesians 3:14-19]
Redemptive: Oriented to Hope
Christians inhabit a hope-shaped story. The source and object of this hope is God. If Christ was raised from the dead, no person is beyond the power of the gospel. [Titus 2:11-14; Psalm 27; II Corinthians 4:1-5:10; Romans 8:18-27]
Relational: Sustained through Faith
We are relational beings connected in and through faith to a relational God. Our community life is an expression of our faith in God. [Romans 5:1-11; Hebrews 10:19-12:13; II Timothy 2:1-13]
Rhythmic: Guided by Practices
We pattern our lives intentionally around cycles, habits, and experiences that nurture our relationship to God and cultivate our desire for His Kingdom. [Colossians 3:1-17; II Peter 1:3-11; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 5-7]