Imagine getting a gym bag full of snacks, candy, and toys from a group of people who care enough about you to give up their Monday nights so they can hand-assemble something to remind you that you are loved and cared for. That is one example of what church looks like for us at Wickline Douglas. We partnered with a few other churches and helped the Kaleo Foundation create 626 bags to be distributed to Oklahoma Autism. We got to be (literally) the hands and feet of Jesus for the world! Every disabled child in Oklahoma who receives one of these bags will know that they are unique and important and loved by God.
We are the Wickline Douglas launch team and we are planting a different kind of church. We don’t believe church is a building or is something you “go to.” We believe church is a community of people radically loving each other and the world around them the way Jesus did. In technical Biblical terms, it is an ekklesia, or an assembly of people called out by God. In fact, did you know that much of what we think of church is actually outside the scope of the New Testament and wasn’t practiced until after the apostles were long dead? Most of it is modeled after the Pagan religious practices of Rome, right down to the layout for our modern sanctuaries. Some well-known Christian researchers and writers have even argued that what most Christians do on Sunday morning is actually more pagan than it is Christian and is destructive to Christianity!
We are devoted to BEING the Christian church for the world. We do meet and worship together to nurture our faith, but our worship service is more relational. And that service will NEVER be our main product. We believe that if we make the command of Jesus to love our first priority, the church will be renewed.
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