OUR STORY

Missiongathering Christian Church
is a MOVEMENT that Inspires HOPE and Illuminates
the LOVE of Jesus by living GOD’S grace FOR ALL

Our Story

Missiongathering began in the summer of 2006 with young adults from the San Diego area who were disenchanted with the institutional church. Our gatherings became a safe haven for restless spiritual wanderers who were seeking an authentic and progressive faith community. After several years of meeting in other church buildings, then the North Park Theater, then behind Claire DeLune’s, Missiongathering finally purchased and renovated an historic North Park church building in the summer of 2011, and became San Diego’s Neighborhood Church.

We are part of a denomination called The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Disciples have a rich and diverse history driven not by dogma and creed, but by a welcoming Spirit of Christ and a foundation built on the Bible, baptism, communion, and freedom of belief. For more info, visit: www.disciples.org

What We Believe

Progressive Evangelicals
Missiongathering Christian Church is a community of people seeking to live out the heart of God in a post-Christian world. As a church we consider ourselves to be evangelical – believing in the message of Jesus as told through the Gospels (Good News) of the New Testament. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully God and fully human, and that his life, death, and resurrection are the foundation of our faith. In following Jesus, we believe the church should be a place of inclusiveness, welcoming & celebrating all of God’s people.

Church
We believe that the Church is God’s ongoing presence in the world. Jesus calls his Church to be a compelling force for good in the world, and we believe that the Church is as its best when it serves, sacrifices, and loves, caring about the things God cares about. We were created to live for something larger than ourselves. We value the image of God in all people, everywhere. We believe that we were created to live deeply with one another, carrying each other’s burdens, sharing our possessions, to pray for and confess our sins to each other, to suffer and celebrate together. It’s in these honest, loving relationships that God transforms us and truth becomes a reality. The way of Jesus cannot be lived alone.

The Bible
We believe in the truthfulness of the ancient Scriptures. Because the English language has been so fluid over the past several hundred years, and our language continually shifts in its meaning, there has been a need for a variety of translations of the Bible. But we believe that when interpreted, understood and applied correctly, the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We believe the Bible to be the voices of many who have come before us, inspired by God to pass along their poems, stories, accounts, and letters of response and relationship with each other and the living God.

A Missional Church

If churches exist primarily for themselves, then what’s the point, really? Missiongathering identifies as a “missional church” because we understand the importance of having a greater purpose beyond the walls of our church.

To understand this better, watch our video “On Being Missional.”

Sunday Gatherings

Sunday Gatherings 10:00am
We gather together Sunday mornings to participate as a faith community in song, prayer, mediation, music, art, multimedia and symbolic experiences, all with the purpose of creating a sacred space where people can meet with and be met by the Divine. Every week there is authentic preaching and teaching that conveys God’s love and grace for all.

Table of Grace
Our gatherings center both physically and metaphorically around the Table of Grace (also known as Communion Table). We engage in communion/Lord’s Supper/Eucharist every Sunday morning as we partake of the bread and the wine, which serve as real, tangible reminders of Christ’s presence with us. We practice an “open table” where anyone who wants to experience the transforming power of God’s grace can participate.

Open to All
Missiongathering welcomes into our community all persons who are seeking an encounter with the living God no matter where they are in their journey. Whether you believe in God all the time, some of the time, or none of the time. Whether you identify as Christian or not. No matter your race, gender, orientation, or religious creed. All are invited to be a part of God’s Family, so all are invited to be a part of the faith community at Missiongathering.

Families at MG
Missiongathering is a place for families. After a few songs in “big church”, we dismiss kids 3yr old – 5th grade to our Worship & Wonder ministry. To learn more about our Children’s Ministry, visit the Little Villagers page. The Nursery (birth-2yr) is open at the beginning of the gathering.

 

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