The ideals of being a kaleidoscopic community and moving from going to church to be the church are an offering to critical thinking about ecclesiology for the 21st Century church. God often shoves us into a place beyond our control so that we may become missional and adaptive. God is leading us to model church in ways that are not mega in size or trying to determine the results.
Being missional within our congregation is to use individual and collective, tangible and intangible resources to make the world a better place as Christians. Meanwhile, being adaptive means to debunk the idea that there is only one way to represent God in Christ to make the world a better place.
As we relocate, we are seeking to become sustainable, entrepreneurial, and missional. We plan to use our resources, tangible and intangible, to provide skills, support, encouragement, mentorship, apprenticeship, and scholarships.
Our strategic plan is to purchase property that allows us to be ecumenical, educational, empowering, and entertaining while sharing a space that represents diversity, inclusion, and radical welcoming. It will be a gracious community that houses an environment and provides a community where the diversity of humanity will be offered wellness.
The space would be a place where the wealthy and un-wealthy would come in contact in ways that would be welcoming, radical, and inclusive as a social ecological environment.
Representing God Vertically and Horizontally
This metaphor of vertical reflects God and horizontal reflects others. Making the vertical horizontal requires that you reorient your awareness so that you tune into God’s activity in the world that is outside a typical interpretation and understanding of God.
Making the vertical horizontal is the reason for our gathering and worshipping on Sunday. It is to remind us to live out individually, congregationally, and in community.
Making the vertical horizontal is the responsibility of our faith community. This is the measurement that we are authentic followers of Jesus Christ. This is a powerful testimony to the transforming power of Jesus’ resurrection.
We are trying to be a kaleidoscopic church. Living so that when people see us, they will see God-colors in everything we do and say. Therefore, no matter what happens when people encounter us in public or private, it will point them to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. We hope and pray this will give hope in Jesus, the Resurrected One, until His return. When Jesus returns every distinction of difference will be a part of this worshiping community. Until then, we will share our stories, care for one another, enjoy one another, and work together to make Nashville and the surrounding area a better place.