WHO WE ARE TODAY
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus made it clear why the church exists: The church exists to “go and make disciples…” That is our mandate. That is why we exist. That is Jesus’ call to his church. Therefore, at The Gathering, everything we do as a church must be about discipleship and making more disciples. And we believe that this starts in our own neigbourhood (Riverside South), and beyond.
Below is an explanation of our identity, breaking down who we feel God is calling us to be and the unique expression we sense Him calling us to make.
Why do we exist?
To Connect People to the Love of God! (2 Cor 5:20-21)
Four Vital Relationships
To connect people to the love of God by fostering four healthy, vital relationships; Our Relationship with Christ, Our Relationship with our Families, Our Relationships with One Another, and our Relationship with our World.
As a relational church that is committed to living out our faith (and not just encouraging people to participate in church programs), all programs we do offer must be aligned and shaped by our Four Vital Relationships.
1. Relationship with Christ
Our Sunday morning gatherings exist to foster a growing relationship with Christ. While we don’t want to be a church of Christians that only live out our faith on Sundays, we do believe that Sundays play a significant role in growing us into Christians that live out our faith every day. Through practical Bible teaching and honest worship through song, our desire is to equip people to take their next step towards Christ. Whether people already believe or aren’t sure what they believe, we want our gatherings to make sense to everyone who comes on Sundays.
2. Relationship with Family
Our Kids & Youth Ministries exist to foster healthy spiritual relationships within our families by helping to teach / disciple our children and by providing resources for parents. Because we believe that the best way to disciple our kids is in partnership between the church and the family, we work hard to equip parents, spouses, and children with the spiritual tools they need to grow together.
3. Relationships with One Another
Our Home Church Ministry exists to foster healthy, spiritual friendships with one another in the church. Because we believe that “circles are better than rows”, we want every person that calls The Gathering ‘home’ to connect with a Home Church (a small group of people that meets weekly in people’s homes). The reality is that we can’t experience spiritual growth on our own or just by listening to a sermon – we need to have people in our lives in order to become everything God wants us to become!
4. Relationship with Our World
Our Mission and Outreach Partnerships and Initiatives exist to foster relationships with our world, so that we can share the love of Christ with others. Whether it be in planning our own local outreach events or in partnering with local, regional or global organizations that are doing an excellent job, we are committed to bringing the love of God to our world.