Week at a Glance:
April Fool’s day, 2009, Pastor Thom Nees led a group of people to rediscover the church’s position in the Wenatchee Valley. In a sense, we saw the need to re-place God’s people in the center of our culture. It was for this reason that we called this new work Missio Dei which is a Latin theological word meaning the “Mission of God” or more accurately, the “Sent of God”. While we do gather, we understood that our gathering was predominantly intended to frame our being sent into the community in which we live.
In our complicated world, we have strived to function with deliberate simplicity. Even as we looked at the life of Christ and read His words in response to the questions, “what is the greatest law?”, His simple, profound response became our primary mission; “To love God (worship), to love people (disciple making community), and to love more people, (outreach).”
Many times, church has been seen as a place where you believe (like we do), you behave (like we do) then you can belong. We observed a pattern in Jesus teaching that clearly invited people to belong first, and then trust, in community with each other, that belief and behavior would be formed by our deepening faith in God.