Is The Gathering part of a denomination?
What types of people attend the church?
The Gathering is made up of a wide range of people. We have babies a couple months old, college students, married couples, and a few precious treasures who are in their 80s & 90s. People come from a lot of different backgrounds. Some people have been in church their whole lives. Others are just coming back to church after giving up. And some are finding community for the first time. You could see people you recognize from work, from community organizations, or from passing in the gas station.
What is worship like on Sunday?
Most people come in and grab a cup of coffee and spend time meeting new people or reconnecting. Worship usually begins with 3-4 songs. Then our pastor, or someone on our teaching team, share scripture and how we can make sense of these ancient words for our present lives. There are usually two songs after the teaching. We also receive an offering sometime during worship.
We usually celebrate communion/eucharist at least once a month. This is not on a set schedule, but you can tell if we are celebrating because the bread and cup will be out. We have what is called “open communion.” If you are a Christian, confess Jesus Christ, you are encouraged to participate. No membership or class is required.
What is your church building like?
We meet in a converted warehouse that we call… The Warehouse (sometimes we are more creative than others). There is a separate building where our children meet. A lot of people say they love our space because it doesn’t look like a church?!? We guess that is because we don’t have a steeple, foyer, etc. We understand this space may be unusual for you if you are used to pews and a pulpit. Come check it out.
Who is your pastor?
His name is Joshua Brandt. He is ordained by the Church of God and came to The Gathering in 2007. He has a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Malone University and is currently completing his M.T.S. at Anderson University School of Theology. Joshua shares the church’s mission to “invite you to become who God created you to be.” He would love to meet you on Sunday or you can set up an appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What do you believe?
Our Pastor and Elders have chosen to affirm the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds as our statement of faith.