We believe that neighborhoods and communities are transformed when people choose to do simple, everyday tasks with intentionality and love. We strive to be known for our generosity, hospitality, and compassion. We create margin in our day in order to be present with the people whom we encounter. And we look for ways to meet the needs of those around us. (Mk 12:29-31, Lk 8:40-48, 1 Cor 16:14)
Jesus didn’t come to sit in the sacred places with people who have it all together. He entered into broken spaces and spent time with hurting people. Therefore, if we want to join Jesus in what he is doing, we believe that we too should spend our time in broken spaces with hurting people. As we do that, we look for beauty in the broken. We look for peace in the chaos. We look for joy in the pain. We don’t desire to leave Earth for Heaven; we desire to see Heaven come to Earth. (Mt 27:51-54, Hb 10:19-25, Rev 21:1-5)
We believe that Jesus has gifted everyone uniquely for the benefit of the community. When only certain people with certain gifts are valued, the Church fails to be what Jesus desires for it to be. Our communities are led by teams of people with different personalities and talents. We encourage participation and creativity in our gatherings. We believe everyone has a role to play in Jesus’ mission. (Eph 4:7-16, Acts 1:8, 1 Pet 2:5)
We reject the assumption that bigger is better. Our goal is not to get as many people as we can into a room but instead to raise up and send out people who love Jesus and love their neighbors. We bless people so they can be a blessing to others. We make disciples who go and make disciples. We start communities that send out other communities. (Mt 28:19-20, Acts 2:47, 2 Tm 2:2)
We believe that from the beginning, God has been doing an amazing work of restoration that he has invited each one of us to participate in. We believe that His work of restoration, as well as our ability to take part in it, is fulfilled in and through Jesus.
Therefore, our desire is to meet people wherever they are at and help them move towards Jesus – to take part in the work that he is doing in their lives and in the world around them. We believe that this is the purpose that each one of us was created for. We believe that it is important to eliminate all barriers for people participating in our communities. We welcome anyone who desires to go on the journey that God has them on. There are no requirements for beliefs or behaviors. All that we ask is that everyone who engages in our communities is respectful of other people’s journeys.
We believe that the Bible is an amazing, wonderful gift from God that centers around Jesus. We believe that it is the primary way that God reveals himself to us. We also know that it can at times be very challenging, confusing, and frustrating. Therefore, we wrestle with it together and seek to know God better as we explore it. We may come to different conclusions about what it says about certain issues, but we will always arrive at those conclusions with grace and humility.
We believe that theological concepts and conversations are important and should be had within a loving community that is committed to one another. That is why we firmly embrace theological differences within this community.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the intricacies of particular theological issues, please email email@example.com to start a conversation!
We dream of seeing organic, Jesus-centered communities in every neighborhood of Knoxville.