Since Church of the Resurrection is not only my church home but also my “day job,” I frequently get asked by others: “tell me about your church- what’s it like?”
The request typically comes in moments when only a brief response is fitting- when I happen to bump in to an old friend at the grocery store or strike up a conversation with a fellow parent at our son’s soccer game.
Although it’s hard to sum up the life of our community in only a few words, its amazing just how much feeling and emotion one can communicate in these informal encounters. With a heartfelt smile, my one-line response often goes like this: “I love our church! It is rooted, restful, and relational.”
But what does that really mean?
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.
- Discover Grace– A Relationship with God: God pursues a relationship with you that is real and personal.
- Discover Genuine Community– A Relationship with other Christians: God’s way of making himself known to the world is through a community of people called the Church.
- Discover Purposeful Mission– A Relationship with the city and world around you: God calls the Church to know, love, and serve her neighbors. And God calls each person to discover their purpose in this life— their vocation. We believe all work is sacred— and that everyone has a unique calling to serve God and others in the world.
Rooted. Restful. Relational.
Welcome to the table!
For more information on Church of the Resurrection, please consider joining us for our quarterly class entitled The Essentials – here we provide a deeper overview of our Vision, Mission and Strategy.