Not going to church is not our preference. We are very pro-church. We are proud of our individual stories, having been integral participants in numerous churches around the world. We are honored to have walked together with a Portland, Oregon church plant that grew into a model regional mega-church. We have supported and advised on dozens of new and transformational churches.
It is because of our deep love of church (community, ceremony and mission) that we have this conversation at least once a week: What is our dream church? On this page, we want to take our weekly discussion public. We would like you to weigh in.
Here are a disclaimer. We are not attempting to describe an “ideal” church, this conversation is more about preference and our evolving values as passionate Christ-followers living in the heart of one of America’s least Christian cities: Portland, Oregon.
Without further ado, here are THREE THINGS we are not that concerned about:
- We are not that concerned about denomination. One of us was raised Evangelical and the other in Mainline churches, but we are both fairly comfortable across the denominational spectrum.
- We are not that concerned about theological undergirding. We are not saying that we don’t care about theology. Quite the opposite. We are both seminary trained. We care very much about what we believe. It is just not important to us to be surrounded by people who believe just the way that we do. We are comfortable to be the “minority report” within our spiritual community.
- We are not that concerned about style and talent. We have sat under the most entertaining of church leaders and the most understated and we have found our souls equally enriched by either experience.
Stayed tuned for more details about our church daydreams including: “Our nine values” and “Grab bag characteristics”