We are a diverse, inclusive, and innovative Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) committed to empowering you to live a vibrant and whole live. Every aspect of our church centers on the belief that every single person is loved by God and has a purpose. We are committed to being a no-judgment environment that embraces everyone from every walk of life to join us as we seek to live healthy lives and work to create a more beautiful and just world, one subversive act of love at a time.
We believe that actions speak louder than words, and works are more important than belief. We’re a church that celebrates curiosity and conviction, and doesn’t think that we’ve got it all (or anything) figured out. We believe that by walking together as a diverse community with different beliefs and opinions, we’re all challenged to grow and expand our thinking, which is kind of the point. Most of all, we are a community. We are committed to loving and doing life with each other through the thick and thin of it, and pulling together our collective energies to make a tangible impact on San Diego for the common good of everyone.
We’re truly a different kind of church, and we hope you’ll join us one Sunday to see these words in action.
Missiongathering began in the summer of 2006 with young adults from the San Diego area who were disenchanted with the institutional church. Our gatherings became a safe haven for restless spiritual wanderers who were seeking an authentic and progressive faith community. After several years of meeting in other church buildings, then the North Park Theater, then behind Claire DeLune’s, Missiongathering finally purchased and renovated an historic North Park church building in the summer of 2011, and became San Diego’s Neighborhood Church. In 2017, our elders hired our new Lead Pastor, Christian author and activist Brandan Robertson to lead Missiongaterhing into the next chapter of our ministry in San Diego.
We are part of a denomination called The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Disciples have a rich and diverse history driven not by dogma and creed, but by a welcoming Spirit of Christ and a foundation built on the Bible, baptism, communion, and freedom of belief.
Community: We believe that God is most powerfully experienced in relationship to other people. We commit to doing life with one another through the highs and lows, supporting, encouraging, and empowering one another to grow in spiritual maturity and wholeness as we seek to live into our mission together to impact San Diego.
Christ: We are a community centered on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. We uphold our denominations (The Disciples of Christ) theological declaration that there is no creed but Christ, and therefore welcome everyone’s various beliefs and perspectives to the table and refuse to divide over theological disagreements but instead engage in robust dialogue about our beliefs and experiences, as we seek to conform our lives to the example of Jesus.
Justice: We believe that a just and fair world is God’s deepest desire. Therefore, we believe that God has called each one of us to be agents of justice and reconciliation in the world and that when we work for the healing and dignity of the world, we are worshipping God in the way God desires most.
Wholeness: We believe that the message of Christianity ultimately calls us to seek redemption and healing in every aspect of our own lives, and to pursue wholeness through disciplines for our mind, body, and spirit. We commit to working together to grow in mental, bodily, and spiritual wellness and depth.
Grace: We know that we all have flaws and make mistakes, so we commit to being a people who refuse judgment and embrace unconditional forgiveness, favor, and love for all people in response to the extravagant grace that God has for each one of us. We commit to walking with one another through our failures and seeking restoration and redemption whenever possible.
Everyone: We believe that the good news of Jesus is for absolutely all people, without exception. We believe that God loves and redeems every human being, not in spite of but because of our diversity of race, culture, creed, sexuality, gender identity, age, different-ableness, and every other unique part of our identities. All are always welcome, without exception to participate, serve, and lead at every level in our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you believe? We are a community of people with a wide range of beliefs. The one thing that unites us is our commitment to learning from and following Jesus. Other than that, we invite you to join in on the robust discussion about what each of us believe and how that helps us to live more healthy, whole lives in the world. All of that to say: no one is forced to believe anything to be a part of our community.
Who is included? We are committed to embracing the full diversity of God's creativity expressed in various races, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, faiths, and backgrounds. For us, this means absolutely everyone is welcome to participate in absolutely every aspect of our churches life and ministry- no one is excluded because of who they are, where they've been, or how they identify. So, whoever you are, you are welcome here.
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WHERE WE ARE
3090 Polk Avenue San Diego, CA 92104
"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.”