We are a network of connected, rooted, and liturgical churches across the Twin Cities
committed to cultivating new beginnings.
Connected: we are intentionally small;
Rooted: we serve our neighborhoods;
Liturgical: we follow the church calendar.
In May of 2014, about a hundred of us gathered in a backyard in Wayzata, in a home we affectionately called the "Frat House." About sixty of those people were kids, so ever since we always make lots of space for kids to shape who we are. We dreamt together about a place that would join God's work of cultivating new beginnings -- in us, our friends, our city -- all of us, everywhere.
In July of 2014, we held our first worship service at Sabes Jewish Community Center, where we've worshiped ever since. We're grandmas and babies and singles and married folks and everything in between.
In the summer of 2017, we brought Aaron Freer on staff as a church planter, and we began to dream of starting a church in the northeast suburbs - a church that would share the same name, vision, mission, values, and overall vibe.
In April, 2018, Genesis East was born. It meets in White Bear Lake, another brand new beginning.
To become ordinary apprentices of Jesus who are learning to love God, ourselves, and others wholeheartedly.
Joining God's work of cultivating new beginnings in all of us, everywhere.
We want to stay responsive to what's important, so we order our lives and our community in ways that leave margin and space, where we live within our limits. We are intentional and wise in our choices and our commitments.
We ask lots of questions that show interest in people and in process. We're better when we're talking and learning, so we allow great questions to lead us together towards what's good and true. We can be confident in sharing and hearing ideas, because we know God is more and better than anything we can name.
We honor the Sabbath, we follow the lectionary, and we’re learning spiritual practices. We are counter-cultural in how we create space to hear from God in our lives and in our worship gatherings. We follow the seasons of the church calendar - finding daily, weekly, yearly rhythms that help us stay rooted in the story of God.
We believe God is actively at work at all times and places, making all things new. Because we want to join that work, we spend time praying for and seeking a restored way of seeing, hearing and sensing God, each other, and our own souls.
What is made new in us is there to join in the work of making all things new. A part of this work is to be aware of and present to suffering people and a suffering world, and to use our gifts to alleviate that suffering. God breathes life into us so that we can be a healing presence in the world.
Most of us live our lives as if we need to be more and different and better in order to be significant. We want to live our lives as is – embracing who we are and where we are, believing that our gifts, our life, our vocation, as small or large as it actually is, is where God will be present to us and active through us. We believe we can bless others by being who we actually are, and operating from where we actually are.
We try to respond to what is beautiful and good with wonder, celebration, joy, gratitude, and love. We also try to smile, laugh, and enjoy each other. What delights us leads us into doing all kinds of good in the world.