What is Jesus Collective all about?
God is at work raising up a movement of churches, leaders, and organizations all around the world that are passionate about advancing a Jesus-centred, Jesus-looking Kingdom.
But the movement is still fragmented and without an identifiable core. We believe the time is right to unite, equip, and amplify this Jesus-centred, third way movement.
So what does that mean?
We want to unite with passionate Jesus-centred pastors, leaders, churches, and ministries who:
The Meeting House church (in Ontario, Canada) is initially helping to bring Jesus Collective together. We’ve been journeying with a number of churches along the way and have also conducted research to learn more about the needs of the broader movement. We aspire to collaborate together to create a network that is about way more than any one church, uniting and resourcing leaders, churches, denominations, and ministries from across the movement.
We’re committed to discerning the Spirit’s leading and are actively seeking out others who are passionate about this opportunity and want to shape and guide the formation of Jesus Collective together in its early stages.
Our discernment and research has identified three initial areas of primary need. The aim of Jesus Collective is to create a relational network that would serve like-minded churches and leaders by creating Kingdom value in each of these areas:
Our roots are in the Anabaptist radical reformation, but we’re not hung up on labels. While we value our history and tradition, we’re most interested in uniting around the Jesus-centered theology, values, practices, and Kingdom vision we share in common with more and more Jesus followers around the world. We want to live this out in fresh ways in our 21st century, increasingly post-Christian context.
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 we relate to personally, named Jesus. We start with him; we derive our understanding of God, humanity, 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 lifelong apprentices, Kingdom citizens, commissioned ambassadors, and beloved friends. 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.
We want to help give shape and voice to a solid theological core for the movement to rally around – and live out! – while also modelling a “third way” ethos. For us this means being clear about our convictions, but equally clear that we seek unity with all Christians, creating space to wrestle honestly with cultural issues while embracing and learning from those with whom we disagree.
We aspire to be a truly relational network, so if you want to learn more about what’s at the core of Jesus Collective, please connect with us!
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