We are not a traditional or an established church, but we sometimes call ourselves a new expression of church. The Greek word for “church” used in the New Testament is ecclesia. The word ecclesia literally means “a gathering.” We identify ourselves more as a gathering of people who believe the selfless, self-expending, inclusive love that Jesus taught his first disciples has the power to change the world.
However, we are a part of the Great River Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. This gives us accountability, resources and an opportunity to be a part of something larger than ourselves. The identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is simple: “We are a movement for wholeness in a fragmented word. We welcome all to the Lord’s table as God has welcomed us.”
Therefore, we see ourselves more as a “gathering” or “movement” of people who simply believe that selfless, self-expending, and inclusive love not only gives our lives meaning and direction, but it has the power to change the world. We also see ourselves as part of a growing movement in the 21st century to recover a way of life that Jesus taught in the first century.
The Lead Visionary of the movement, Jarrett Banks, is an ordained minister in good standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and officiates weddings, funerals, child dedications and baptismal services. With a love for all people, Jarrett is available to visit hospitals, nursing homes and persons who are homebound to offer pastoral care.