A NATIONAL FAMILY OF PROGRESSIVE, INCLUSIVE, CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

What is Missiongathering Movement?

We are a Progressive Church Planting Movement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that exists to be a committed community of Christ followers dedicated to growing in faith, living whole lives, and seeking justice for the good of our neighbors

The Missiongathering churches are communities of faith that are seeking to found life-changing hope, love, and imagination in the life and message of Jesus, the Christ, and we simply desire as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom, healing, and renewal

Where We Come From & Where Are We Heading?

Missiongathering Christian Church was born in San Diego California in 2001 out of the Vision and Dreams of Lead Visionary and Missiologist Rich McCullen to provide communities of a progressive Christian faith that welcomed and inspired people from all walks of life into its doors.

Missiongathering San Diego, Charlotte North Carolina, Issaquah Washington, Thornton Colorado and now Pasadena California, were born out of the desire to see church communities that truly welcomed everyone. We are communities of faith where everyone is welcomed to the Table of Grace (Communion) regardless of their personal background, financial stability, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, or religious affiliations. ALL ARE WELCOMED & AFFIRMED!

You’re always welcome at Missiongathering. We’re saving a seat for your family and friends. Wherever you’re at in your faith journey, you’ll always be accepted as part of the Missiongathering church families.

Beyond that, if you’re ready to plan your first visit, click here. Or if you’d simply like to get in touch with a person on our Leadership Teams directly, click on one of the geographic area taps below.

MEET OUR MISSIONGATHERING CHRISTIAN CHURCH PASTORS!

Meet Our Planters

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Rich McCullen
Planting Pastor of Missiongathering
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Andrew Shipley
Planting Pastor - Charlotte
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Brian Carr
Planting Pastor - Issaquah
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Loren Richmond Jr.
Planting Pastor - Thornton
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Brandan Robertson
Planting Pastor - San Diego

Who We Are

We exist to be a committed community of Christ followers dedicated to growing in faith, living whole lives, and seeking justice for the good of our neighbors

We welcome and affirm everyone of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, just as Jesus did and does and calls for his followers to do the same.

The Missiongathering churches are communities of faith that are seeking to found life-changing hope, love, and imagination in the life and message of Jesus, the Christ, and we simply desire as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom, healing, and renewal.

Plan A Visit

Gathering times, directions, and what to expect upon your first visit to Missiongathering

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT???

Our Sunday Gatherings at Missiongatherings are about 90 minutes in length. The gatherings begin with the Missiongathering Worship Band leading the community of faith in meaningful music – song lyrics are projected onto the screens so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable. After the music portion of the gathering is complete, one of our Pastors will come out to share an encouraging, practical and hope-filled message

WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN???

We believe that children should have a fun, inspirational, yet educational time at church every single week. At Little Villagers, we make this a top priority. The other thing we make a priority is your children’s safety. Because of that, we have a detailed check-in process for our Little Villagers program the first time that you visit. You’ll want to leave yourself an extra ten minutes to get signed in for the Little Villagers experience. Little Villagers is offered at every Missiongathering Sunday Gathering for kids ages infant through Grade 5. All children workers are professionally background checked and screened.

GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

We know going to a new church for the first time can be intimidating, or deciding to go back to a faith community in a long time, can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at Missiongathering a great one! If you have any questions, please find one of our Team members to answer any questions you may have.

WHAT IS THE CULTURE LIKE AT MISSIONGATHERING???

Sundays at Missiongathering are meaningful and filled with faith, hope and love. Come as you are and expect to feel welcomed.

GATHERING TIME @ 10:30 AM…    EXCEPT SAN DIEGO (10AM)

For morning coffee and breakfast pastries, Missiongathering starts providing breakfast yummies every Sunday at 10:00 AM for Coffee and breakfast pastries in our designated areas we call Sacred Grounds, our intentional worship time begins at 10:30 AM

LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING!!!

Ready to check out one of our Missiongathering churches in person? We can’t wait to meet you in person. Simply Click one of the taps below to find all gathering times and directions for the Missiongathering closest to you.

Where we are located

San Diego
Charlotte
Issaquah
Thornton
Pasadena

Charlotte

Pastor Andrew Shipley

Issaquah

Pastor Brian Carr

Thornton

Pastor Loren Richmond Jr.

San Diego

Pastor Branden Robertson

Vision – Mission – Values

Vision

We exist to be a committed community of followers of Jesus dedicated to growing in faith, living whole lives, and seeking justice for the good of our world.

Mission

Inspiring Hope + Illuminating Love + Imagining Faith

Values

  • Justice – We believe justice is what love looks like in public.
  • Inclusivity – We believe God’s table has a place set for everyone.
  • Grace –   We believe in restoration and reconciliation through unconditional forgiveness.
  • Faith – We act with the faith that we can make this world look a little more like the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • Transformation – We believe in moving towards wholeness in a fragmented society.
  • Courage – We risk the vulnerability of being real with each other and the world

Pastor’s Q&A

Q: What do you mean by “Progressive Christianity?”

A: We seek to follow the way of Jesus as exemplified in the Bible, along with a willingness to re-imagine tradition, accept the diversity of humanity, emphasize social justice, and caring for God’s creation.

Q:  Does your church really accept all people?

A: We are a church that believes God’s love and welcome have no limits, and that includes people of LGBTQ+ status. We welcome and affirm all people as being made in God’s image.

Q: Do you believe the Bible is relevant for today?

A: For centuries the Scriptures have provided meaning and direction for humanity, and we believe that Bible gives insightful truths and the Bible is very relevant for us today.

Q: Why do you practice the sacrament of Communion/Eucharist/The Lord’s Supper weekly?

A: We believe that Communion/Eucharist/The Lord’s Supper is a sign and symbol of the grace of God revealed in Jesus, and in receiving it weekly, we are repeatedly reminded of that grace.

Q: Who is allowed to participate in Holy Communion?

A: We believe that there’s plenty of room at God’s table and church, therefore we invite all to participate in this amazing time known as Communion.

Q: Are the Missiongathering Churches a part of any Denominational affiliation?  

A: YES! The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) We are proud members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which is a 200-year-old movement of God, denomination that encourages individual thought and Biblical interpretation; a popular saying in the denomination is “No Creed but Christ.”  The identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) states: “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”