God is at work raising up a movement of churches, ministries, and disciples all around the world that are passionate about advancing a Jesus-centred, Jesus-looking Kingdom.

This is a movement with roots in the Anabaptist Radical Reformation, but one that welcomes Jesus followers from a wide range of backgrounds and contexts to the party. We place Jesus at the centre of everything, choosing in our differences to unite around him in a polarized world.

But this movement is still fragmented, under-resourced, and without an identifiable voice or relational hub. We believe the time is right to unite, equip, and amplify this Jesus-centred movement and to give it a peaceful, welcoming voice – together.

So what does that mean?

We bear our most effective witness by uniting together. We want to counter the fragmentation and isolation that exists in this global movement by helping to bring together a like-minded, relational leadership community. We create safe spaces of belonging, formation, and collaboration that enable churches and leaders to be their best selves and make more disciples. We are bigger than any one church and more effective united together. (John 17)

We help prepare churches and leaders for transformational leadership and mission in a post-Christian world. We get practical: we develop, curate, and share high quality Jesus-centred leadership formation and training experiences and ministry resources contributed by our partners. We equip churches and leaders to more effectively share the Good News of Jesus and make and send more disciples. (2 Timothy 2:2)

When we unite and equip this movement, we believe amplification results. Together we can be a loud, quiet voice for the Jesus-centred Way. We want to make this movement more cohesive, identifiable, and accessible around the world. We gently but clearly proclaim first and foremost what we stand for rather than what we stand against.

We’re rooted in the Anabaptist Radical Reformation, but not hung up on labels. We welcome churches and leaders from a diversity of backgrounds and contexts who share a desire to put Jesus at the centre of our faith, life, and ministries within a centred-set, third-way paradigm. We want to help shape and share a solid, well-rooted, Jesus-centred theology and set of practices for this movement.

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Who is Jesus Collective For?

We believe the local church is the hope of the world. In order to multiply our impact on the Kingdom, we’re focused on equipping churches and ministry leaders to make more disciples in their contexts. We’re a relational network for churches and leaders who:

  • Resonate deeply with Jesus-centred values and have a high value for scripture, regardless of context, label, or background.
  • Believe that now is the time to bring together and resource this Jesus-looking Kingdom movement.
  • Want to champion a "third way" – caring deeply about their convictions while loving and learning from others who may disagree, and choosing in their differences to unite around Jesus in a polarized world.
  • Want to go beyond "beliefs," rolling up their sleeves to learn, live, and share the Jesus-centred way of life and leadership alongside like-hearted peers and churches.
  • Are hungry for belonging, formation, and practical equipping to support forward-thinking mission and growth in our increasingly post-Christian context.
  • Value collaboration and sharing among aligned but diverse leaders and church expressions from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Are part of an existing church, ministry, or network that could both benefit from and contribute to the strength of the network.
Shelby Anne Boese

“It’s difficult for church revitalizers, planters, or leaders of small churches to find a trusted network of like-minded relationships and resources that has a distinctly Jesus-centred ethos. While we value our congregationalist-baptist connection, it simply is not designed for deeper journeying and distinctiveness. Being connected with Jesus Collective is a huge value for an urban church revitalization like ours!"

Shelby & Anne Boese, Lead Pastors Pilgrim Church, Vancouver, BC
Paul Kiss

"Jesus Collective has provided me with a space where I can journey with other Jesus-centred leaders. It provides an atmosphere of mutual support and challenge in that journey, and a place where I can contribute my gifts, too. I love hanging out with my Jesus Collective brothers and sisters.”

Paul Kiss, Senior Pastor New Life Church, Collingwood, ON
James Thompson

“Jesus Collective’s centred-set paradigm – with Jesus at the centre – is so refreshing and exactly what the world needs. I’m excited to be part of this network alongside diverse but like-minded peers and am already taking back language and equipping that I can share in my church and ministry context to help us live out the Jesus-centred way. ”

James Thompson, Pastor & Ministry Leader Berwick, VIC, Australia
Melissa Ytsma

“As a site pastor at a multi-site church, I hunger for connection with others across the movement who we can learn from and share what God has blessed us with as we all work to engage our post-Christian world with the love of Jesus. Jesus Collective is creating that space and I’m pumped to be part of it.”

Melissa Ytsma, Site Pastor The Meeting House Richmond Hill, ON
Angela Lam

“As a female pastor, I’ve hungered for spaces to be equipped, empowered, and encouraged in my gifts. Jesus Collective helps shape me as a Jesus-centred leader, equips me with language to bring the Jesus Way to our church, and offers the kind of relational community with like-minded leaders that I’ve been longing for.”

Angela Lam, Executive Pastor New Life Christian Fellowship, Petaluma, CA
Danielle Strickland

“I love that Jesus Collective welcomes women and men leading churches and ministries from all different walks. Yet everyone here shares a radical commitment to place Jesus at the centre … it’s a relational community that wrestles with what that really means for life and leadership.”

Danielle Strickland, Author, Justice Advocate, Communicator Toronto, ON
Hank Johnson

“What I love about Jesus Collective is that it brings together leaders and churches who resonate with Anabaptist values, keeping Jesus at the center, and working to equip leaders and churches from diverse backgrounds on how to live and love like Jesus … where we are and in our world.”

Hank Johnson, Senior Pastor Harrisburg BIC Church, Harrisburg, PA
Jill David Hines

“The scars of dead religion, mixed with politics, fear, and hurt are evident everywhere. But there’s a Sprit-led movement afoot that’s about getting back to all things Jesus – the true Good News. We love that Jesus Collective is creating space for us to practice and advance the peaceful Jesus Way in unity together.”

Jill & David Hines, Pioneer Mission Leaders Methodist Church, Northern Ireland
Ken Shigematsu

“Jesus Collective combines a bold vision with a gentle, irenic voice for the Jesus Way. We value the Jesus-centred theology, but also the practical focus on leadership formation support for women in pastoral leadership, and the opportunity to unite with others who care deeply about bringing Jesus' love to our communities and our world.”

Ken Shigematsu, Senior Pastor Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC
Bruxy Sep2018

“We keep meeting pastors and churches all over who have discovered the Jesus-centred way and want a place to unite together relationally and learn from others in this ‘third-way’ movement. Jesus Collective offers a space to hone our Jesus-centred theology, equip the church and its leaders, and encourage a spirit of unity in the Kingdom.”

Bruxy Cavey, Teaching Pastor The Meeting House, Oakville, ON
Keith Smith

“I love the Collective part – being together with people from diverse backgrounds and journeys, yet like minded in a Jesus-centered approach to ministry and living life. I feel like we could all go further united together.”

Keith Smith, Pastor Gateway Church, Wooster, OH
Jeremy Duncan

“At Commons, we’re fascinated with the Bible but we worship Jesus. We’re a young, growing church, and Jesus Collective offers us a place to find like-minded friends for the journey who share a desire to place him at the centre of everything.”

Jeremy Duncan, Lead Pastor Commons Church, Calgary, AB

So what does Jesus Collective actually do?

We’re a highly relational, equipping network focused on serving three primary areas of need that stem directly from our vision, all underpinned by our Jesus-centred paradigm:

  • Ongoing relational hubs for like-minded pastors and ministry leaders – offering a safe, collaborative space for personal and vocational formation, relationship building, addressing theological and missional challenges, innovation and best practice sharing, encouragement and equipping
  • Online and in-person events and experiences that provide opportunities for unity and networking with like-minded peers and thought leaders in the movement
  • Intentionally connecting Jesus-centred leaders, churches, and ministries with one another across the globe
  • Regular prayer gatherings

Explore Partnership

  • Equipping Jesus-centred church leaders for transformational leadership and mission in an increasingly post-Christian reality
  • Cohort-based learning and formation experiences, interaction with thought and practice leaders, coaching, and peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Innovation labs and focused Jesus-centred leadership workshops for church and ministry leaders

Explore Leadership Formation

  • Curating and distributing high quality Jesus-centred ministry resources for and among partner churches and leaders – including teaching, leadership, theology, compassion, Kids & Youth, training, and discipleship resources
  • Creation of developmental media resources including interactive leadership podcasts
  • Giving shape to a solid theological centre and Jesus Way for the movement to rally and unite around; commissioning writing projects and providing language and resources that allow the Jesus Way to be more recognized and accessible across the movement

Kids and Youth Curriculum

To claim to be a Jesus-centred movement and overlook kids and youth ministry would be a huge miss. We care deeply about equipping parents, guardians, and churches with high quality Jesus-centred curriculum to help develop lifelong followers of Jesus. We offer a full suite of video-based teaching that includes lesson plans, activity pages, and take-home materials.

This curriculum is one of the amazing resources available to Jesus Collective partner churches, but it’s not exclusive – you can subscribe directly to the curriculum today and start using it with your students this week.

Center of Network

What's at the centre of this network?

Notice how we phrased this question? Yep, that was on purpose.

Jesus Collective is a centred-set peer community, with Jesus as our centre. This means that while we take our shared theological core seriously, our goal is to go well beyond simply "believing the right things" or using a list of beliefs as a divisive fence that separates who’s in from who’s out. Instead, the orientation of our hearts – and our ongoing movement – towards the person of Jesus is what defines and unites us as a network. He’s the central focal point of our faith and lives. We’re a relational network seeking to live, share, and call others to the Jesus Way, remembering that Jesus identified those who love him as those who obey his teachings.

Having said that, the way to create greater gravity in a centred-set galaxy is to make the star at the centre bigger. So, we invest heavily in creating a strong theological foundation, sharpening the Jesus-centred faith expressions at the core of Jesus Collective while inviting conversations about these ideas and practices in the context of centred-set relationship. We understand that the process of shaping our faith and ministry is often long and incremental for churches and leaders.

We seek unity with all Christians along the way, creating space to wrestle honestly with theological, ethical, and practical issues, while embracing and learning from those with whom we disagree. Some of us might call this a "third way."

Are we making this stuff up?

Nope. Our roots are in the Anabaptist Radical Reformation of the 16th century, and this very much influences our DNA as a network. But, more importantly, we’re not hung up on labels. So while we value and celebrate this history and tradition, we bring it to Jesus Collective with open hands, focusing on a greater interest – uniting around the Jesus-centred theology, values, practices, and Kingdom vision we share in common with more and more Jesus followers from diverse contexts around the globe. We want to live this out in fresh ways in our 21st century, increasingly post-Christian world.

In this movement we see modelled a radical commitment to following Jesus that stands in contrast to what so many people believe about God and the Church. We believe that the ultimate truth of the Trinitarian God and all Christian authority resides first in an embodied living person named Jesus. We start with Him; we derive our understanding of God, humanity, the Gospel, discipleship, salvation, church, revelation, and eschatology from Him. We interpret all scripture through Him. We shape our lives, church communities, and ministries around Him as beloved friends, lifelong apprentices, Kingdom citizens, and commissioned ambassadors. We joyfully share a Gospel that begins and ends with Him, taking the application of all of His teaching seriously, including non-violent enemy love, peacemaking, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

Want to learn more about the theological centre of our network?

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Who is behind Jesus Collective?

The Meeting House church (in Ontario, Canada) has initially helped bring Jesus Collective together, in collaboration with a number of Jesus-centred churches and leaders along the way.

More importantly, we chose the name Jesus Collective for a reason. That’s because the vision is for this to be a network that is about way more than any one church, uniting and resourcing a diverse range of leaders, churches, denominations, and ministries from across the movement. We’ll do this together by forming a relational network comprised of giftings and contributions from a range of committed churches, ministries, and leaders, all passionate about uniting, equipping, and amplifying a Jesus-centred movement.