We are living in one of the most divided eras of American history. In this era, on both sides of the political spectrum, we see a tremendous amount of harsh, unkind, and hateful language being exchanged. We hear messages of condemnation and judgement instead of civility and constructive conversation.
In the midst of this culture, followers of Jesus are called to take a different path- the path of radical love. We are called to make God’s radically inclusive, gracious, and redemptive love louder than the hate and divisiveness in our culture. We are called to share a potent message of Good News in the midst of a culture of fake news, and are called to show the world that there is a better way through our words and our actions. We are called to love louder.
Over the next year, Missiongathering San Diego will be leaning into this calling to amplify our message of love in both our words and deeds through our sermon series, our ministry initiatives, and in our small group ministries. It’s our hope that at the end of this ministry year, our community will know Missiongathering as a Christian Church that truly represents a different way of seeing and being in the world, the way of unconditional love, acceptance, and inclusion for absolutely everyone.
2017-18 Budget & Ministry Report
In January 2018, Lead Pastor Brandan Robertson and the Board of Elders released our 2017-18 Ministry Report and Budget Review document for our church to understand where we've been over the past year and where God is calling us ahead in the year to come. You can now view an electronic copy of that report online. To see our report, click the link below.
September: MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME To kick off our ministry year, we will spend time examining the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, seeking to answer the question, “What does it mean to follow Jesus in 2018?” We will be joined by world-renounded Jesus Scholar, John Dominic Crossan to help us explore this question on Sunday, September 16th. OCTOBER: THE GLORY OF CREATION Franciscan Scholar Fr. Richard Rohr has stated that “Creation is the first incarnation of the Christ”. What does is mean to honor Christ in the created world? During this series, we will explore what it looks like to be faithful stewards of the created world- nature, animals, and each other. NOVEMBER: WHY? We gather here every Sunday. We sing songs. We give money. We invite our friends. But have you ever stopped to ask “Why?” In this series we will explore why what we’re doing here at Missiongathering is so important as followers of Christ and as good stewards of our lives and resources. DECEMBER: ALL YE FAITHFUL We all know the Christimas story, but many of us have glossed over many of the characters that appear in the story. In this series we will spend time exploring the lives, the journey, and the faith of the faithful followers of God who are often overlooked in the Christmas story, including Simeon, Elizabeth, Joseph, and the Kings from afar. We will be joined by world-renouned mystic writer Matthew Fox on December 9thto help us explore the contribution of Mary to the story and to our faith. JANUARY: JAMES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FOLLOWING JESUS As we begin a new year, we will stop and take some time to look at what it practically means to be a faithful follower of Christ in our day to day lives by examining the simple and practical teachings of James, the brother of Jesus in the Epistle he authored. FEBRUARY: PILLOW TALK One of the most important and least talked about aspects of our day to day lives are our relationships and our sexuality. For the month of February, we will dive into a practical look at what the Scriptures and Christian tradition teach us about healthy relationships and sexuality, and will hear from relationship experts on ways that we can improve our relational wellbeing as individuals and as a community. MARCH: GOD ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS Music is a central part of our lives- we listen to the radio, sing it in church, and load it onto our phones. And much of our music is filled with profound lessons about God, spirituality, and life. In this series, we will explore and examine modern day music hits and what they can teach us about our journey to follow Christ. APRIL: RESISTANCE & RESILENCE- JOURNEY TO THE CROSS As we enter into the high holy days of the Christian faith- the season of lent- we will explore the lessons and examples of Jesus and his followers as they journey together towards the crucifixion and eventual resurrection. MAY: VOICES Throughout history, the Christian Church has been known for marginalizing and silencing voices and perspectives other than those with power and privilege. For the entire month of may, we will be hearing reflections on faith, justice, and life from diverse leading voices in religion, social justice, and science to help us expand our thinking and stand in awe of the bigness of our God. JUNE: ASK ANYTHING? We will bring back our popular summer series, “Ask Anything”, where our community will be invited to submit anonymous questions about faith and life to our teaching time to be answered live, on stage on Sunday morning. JULY: THE BOOK OF JONAH You’ve heard the story of the man swallowed by a whale, but did you know that there’s more to the life of Jonah than that incident? In the month of July we will examine the life of Jonah and the lessons we can learn from a person who is a lot more like most of us that we’d like to imagine. AUGUST: WITNESS- THE STORIES OF US To conclude our 2018-19 ministry year, we will spend the month of August hearing the stories and lessons that have come from members of the Missiongathering communities lives and faith journeys in order to encourage, convict, and inspire us as we look to another year of ministry together as a community.
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"One of my favorite churches in the country—Missiongathering … has managed to attract throngs of young people by fostering a community that is diverse, inclusive, biblically literate, spiritually connected, appreciative of both liturgy and contemporary worship, and absolutely bursting at the seams with grace.”