The Heart of Innovate
As our first blog post here, we want to share a little bit about the heart behind Innovate Christian Community Church.
A Small Part of the Innovate Story
My wife, Allison, and I, (Gerald), have always loved the Church. But for years a voice has been saying that things need to change. The way we do Church needs innovation. So, when I finally felt called to start a church, I knew we would have to be different from those around us. Originally, I thought we’d be innovative in the way we were going to “do church” by not sitting in rows, offering our gathering times at a latter hour, focus on being truly missional in our community, have meals together with our community. Yet, what I thought was innovation, is really getting back to the way it all began. Community. Sharing conversations, food, and life together.
Very early on, God gave me these four words to describe what we were setting out to do: Engage, Empower, Equip, and Encourage.
We seek to Engage:
We believe there needs to be space to converse, interact, and even question the teaching in the Church.
We seek to Empower
We believe that each person already has skills, talents, giftings, that can help others outside the walls of the church building, they just need to be empowered to use them.
We seek to Equip:
We believe every person has a dream, an idea, a way they want to live within the bounds of their faith, that gives them the life they were meant to live. We seek to equip you with the tools necessary to live that dream.
We seek to Encourage:
We believe that many of us simply need encouragement to chase after the will of God in our lives and in our communities. We seek to encourage you to go for it!
What’s in a Name?
Innovate comes about because we believe that the way to reach the nations, our communities, and make effective change in the world is going to take innovative direction. New techniques. New ways of looking at missions. This means helping people use their talents, gifts, skills, hobbies, to further the mission of the Church.
We desire to focus on helping build the Kingdom of God in our community instead of building a church, a building, or a congregation. Jesus is working more outside the four walls of a church building than we even know. It is our duty to seek out how and where He is working and come along and do our part. Where He is, the Kingdom of God is.
Jesus didn’t seek to build a building and call it church. He sought to build a people and the people are called the Church. The original Greek term for Church is ekklesia, meaning, “a called-out assembly or congregation.” The ekklesia are an assembly of people following Christ, called out from the world.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Our Sunday Gatherings
Our Sunday gatherings are different because we seek to:
Provide a safe place for your questions
Be conversational, not preachy
Seek to uplift
Help you find and use your hobbies, skills, to help others better themselves
Share food with each other