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.

Join Us Sundays


Missiongathering Thornton

12060 Jasmine St

Thornton, CO 80602


Plan A Visit


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



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


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.


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.


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


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


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.

Meet the Planter

The Story

In the summer of 2017, Loren felt a stirring to create something new. He wasn’t sure what it was, or what it would look like, but he felt God was pushing him to do something fresh. Another motivating factor was his two children, a daughter, and son, for whom he wanted an inclusive, welcoming faith community for them to be a part of as they grew. Seeking to create a welcoming faith community, with a  modern worship style within a progressive understanding of Christianity, Loren began working with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a Christian network of church in the United States and Missiongathering Movement, a church planting movement within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to bring Missiongathering Christian Church Thornton to fruition.

With the help of Rich McCullen, Lead Visionary of the Missiongathering Movement, and Joan-Bell Haynes, Regional Minister of the Central Rocky Mountain Region Disciples of Christ, Loren is excited to bring the welcoming, inclusive message of God’s love and acceptance to the Thornton area of the northeast Denver Metro and Loren is passionate about sharing the good news that in Jesus, God’s love is revealed to all people and that in following the way of Jesus, we find a life of ultimate meaning and purpose. Along with his wife, Corinna, and children, Lexi and Jaxson, Loren is proud to call the community of Thornton his home also.

Vision – Mission – Values

Our 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.

Our Mission

Inspiring Hope + Illuminating Love + Imagining Faith

Our Mission

  • 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 this amazing time known as Communion.

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