our core is small gatherings

Small Gatherings: The most important fabric of our church is the multiple Small Gatherings that happen in homes, coffee shops, and gathering places around our community. Groups of individuals and families meet on a consistent basis in organic, relaxed, and authentic settings to “do life” together and to fulfill the greatest purposes of being the church.

 

The biblical definition of the Church is “the gathering of those who belong together.” Therefore, these small gatherings of transparent and authentic friendships are designed to form deep and lasting spiritual bonds between people, leading all who participate to a profound sense of belonging and connection. From within this place of connection, genuine growth and spiritual maturity can occur as we are sharpened and encouraged in our faith by one another. This is the truest form of the Church, and as such, defines the Imperfect Church more than any other aspect of our gathering.

 

These groups are led by ordinary people in our church who open their homes or facilitate gatherings in community settings. These groups focus proactively on engaging in relationship, transparency, conversation, study, and prayer for one another. They do so in relaxed and relational environments where open conversation can flow with ease, and where trust and transparency can flourish. Trust and vulnerability are rooted in the Imperfect Church’s core doctrine of scandalous grace—that all stories, all places in life, all struggles must be met with safety, mercy, support, care, and love.

 

Our Small Gatherings are the place within our church where the five-fold functions of the church are expressed and lived out. According to the scriptures, God has placed in the church five primary functions whereby the church will influence spiritual growth and maturity in the lives of believers.

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Our Small Gatherings are the place within our church where the five-fold functions of the church are expressed and lived out. According to the scriptures, God has placed in the church five primary functions whereby the church will influence spiritual growth and maturity in the lives of believers. These functions are:

Each local church and each small gathering of believers has a unique “thumbprint”—a specific mission, for a specific people group, with a specific unique outcome that God has inspired. For the Imperfect Church, our unique apostolic calling is to bring singular focus on being a community of grace-based, mercy-laden, Holy Spirit-empowered transformation. In our Small Gatherings, God leads individual groups of believers towards a special application of that larger apostolic purpose into specific friendships, specific people-groups, and specific neighborhoods that we are being sent by God to influence and reach with His love.

(from a biblical concept meaning “sent on mission”)