A community that is rooted, restful, and relational.
We are Rooted.
In the midst of monumental cultural transitions, it should come as no surprise that Christians and non-Christians alike are attracted to a historic, rooted faith— a faith that is solid in the midst of the transition— that doesn’t seem to have fallen prey to the latest fads. We are rooted in the ancient Christian tradition and yet relevant to life today. We are rooted in the Scripture. We are rooted in this community and desire to be a blessing to the North Texas region and beyond. Our community is rooted.
We are Restful.
Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working at the office or working out at the gym. They schedule in time with friends the way students with 4.0 G.P.A.’s make sure to sign up for community service because it looks good on their college applications. Busyness, confusion, fear, worry, and complexity color the internal lives of more and more people in our mission field— the North Texas Metroplex. To respond to the messy fretfulness in our own hearts and those of our neighbors, we root our worship and discipleship to Jesus in the simple beauty given to us in liturgy— in Word and Sacrament. And we encourage one another to “make room for life”— to choose a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation. Jesus’ invitation to the crowds was profoundly simple: “Come to me you who are weary and I will give you rest.” Our community is restful.
We are Relational.
Church of the Resurrection is all about relationships. We seek to create an environment where people can pursue life’s three key relationships— with God, with other Christians, and with the city and world around us.
Three Key Relationships we hope you will discover at Church of the Resurrection:
1. Discover Grace- A relationship with God
God knows you and loves you. We want you to discover the joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ that is based on grace and not performance. Jesus is a friend of sinners and once said “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” God invites YOU to his table.
3 key components to discovering grace- “We belong long before we behave or believe a certain way.”
- Acknowledge my brokenness- What is my story?
- Embrace God’s Grace- How do I relate to God? The transformation is real and deep.
- Follow Jesus- How do I follow Jesus? My purpose is restored as my relationship with God is discovered. I want to follow Jesus and his ways rather than relentlessly pursuing ‘project self.’
The Change = from me to Him
2. Discover Genuine Community- a relationship with other Christians
God created us all for relationships, indeed, no man or woman is an island. God instituted a community called the Church that is marked by honest, open friendships and sacrificial service to one another and the world. We invite you to gather around a common Table on Sundays and then around shared tables in one another’s homes during the week.
3 key components to discovering community
- Love an imperfect Church
- Real community requires honest, open friendships.
- Serve others
The Change = from me to we
Discover Purposeful Mission- a relationship with the city and world around you.
God is among the poor and marginalized of society. Jesus says, “whatever you do to the least of these, you do it unto me.” God also calls each of us to a specific vocation in the world and sets us at tasks which demand our best efforts. During the week, our daily lives are lived outward in the city with a commitment to work towards cultural renewal. We have a bias towards action and invite you to discover purposeful mission. Will you join us in inviting everyone to the Table?
We believe purposeful mission requires:
- Seeking the prosperity of the city by being generous with our resources and lives. We seek to “plant trees whose shade we will never sit under.” We will give our life away for the sake of others.
- Creative Action- We seek to create cultural goods that help the region in every way look more and more like the new City to come. Both our actions of justice and empowering people to fulfill their creative calling are done with a heart to cultivate the renewal of our city here and now, pointing toward the ultimate renewal of all things.
- Intentional Partnerships- We are intentional about our local and global relationships and partnerships. And we will take on the posture of a “learner”—asking our Global Anglican leaders and our partners in ministry to help us re-engage the 130+ million unchurched or de-churched people in North America.
- A community marked by “oneness without sameness.”
The Change = from “us” to “them