Why We Gather

We Gather

If you want to go fast go alone but if you want to go far – go together.
African proverb

We cherish and prioritize relationships as a means of belonging to one another in the Body of Christ. We practice the interdependence modeled by Jesus, sharing our resources with each other and the community. We gather in worship, study, prayer, and with the community where we seek to proclaim that being free is God’s intention for every being. Gathering together, we seek to heal wounds of isolation and unhealthy competitive individualism.

In Gathering we:

  • Celebrate our relationship with God
  • Are powered by the Spirit to love unconditionally
  • Pray with passionate persistence
  • Create a community of biblical scholars
  • Share healthy food, fellowship, and fun
  • Provide safe-haven for the least in our society

We Transform

We believe that love is the most powerful tool for transformation.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Once we have gathered, we use our collective strength to transform the negative forces of trauma and oppression into positive energy for community change and healing. We accomplish this through awareness, analysis, action, and reflection.

In Transforming we

  • Utilize the power of God’s Spirit as a means of healing our bodies, souls and minds
  • Create avenues where Jesus liberating freedom is proclaimed
  • Grow deeper in our understanding of community issues and concerns
  • Share ancestral values with our children and teens
  • Practice resiliency and study the historical impact of generational trauma
  • Prepare the next generation of global and interstellar leaders
  • Restore mental and physical health through workshops and knowledge sharing
  • Analyze contemporary data and best practices for solving urban problems
  • Apply the Word of God to contemporary situations

We live our beliefs

Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20

We model Jesus’s commission to send out disciples proclaiming that God’s Kingdom is full, abundant, and plentiful. We send out disciples to declare the values of spiritual power, equity, economic self-sufficiency, and access to the power of God without bias or discrimination. We send out by preparing our children to attend college, preparing our families to attend seminary, preparing our faith community to join movements of inclusion and righteousness such as The Anti Sex Trading and Trafficking and Trading Movement, The Black Lives Matter Movement, and Peace Movements across the nation. We send our community out proclaiming the value system of God.

In Sending Out we

  • Practice profound gratitude
  • Share our resources and love
  • Utilize academics, arts, and activism to showcase the liberty of Jesus
  • Announce to the next generation that their assets are plentiful, beautiful and needed
  • Lead the community in eradicating the Achievement Gap
  • Connect with families in North Minneapolis
  • Provide space for rest and healing