why “Church in the Wild”?
Jesus’ disciples should be like dandelions—springing up in places you don’t expect! We cultivate spirituality in everyday, ordinary life. Instead of “going to church, we look for ways to “be the church” as we bless the world. Most churches are institutional, like gardens planted in orderly rows. They strive to create an attractive, comfortable environment.
Too often the desire to be attractive creates a "consumer church," constantly focused on meeting the needs of Christians. Much time and money are spent to make music and ministry programs appealing. Meanwhile many people aren’t attracted to any church—they were hurt by a church or turned off to “self-centered Christianity.”
We cultivate three-dimensional spirituality. Our worship services provide an UPward focus on God and our small groups help us INvest in relationships. Yet Church in the Wild puts an equal emphasis on OUTward spirituality. We encourage each other to let God use us to bless people in the places where we live, work, and play. As wind scatters dandelion seeds, the Spirit spreads seeds of hope.
what's the difference?
While Church in the Wild gathers every week, we change the format on alternating weeks to grow in the upward, inward, and outward dimensions of following Jesus. At 9am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, our musicians and pastor lead a contemporary worship service in space we rent from another ministry.
On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays, we gather at 9am for WildLife. Often we meet in someone’s home to enjoy light refreshments, discuss a scripture passage, share stories of how God used us to bless others, and pray for each other. Sometimes WildLife will meet where we will serve our community.
Church in the Wild is an exciting new way to do church (though not really new, for Jesus’ first disciples did church in the wild).
Check out one of our worship services, WildLife gatherings, or service projects. Use the “Events” calendar or ask to get our weekly email updates.