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Our DNA


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Our DNA


 
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Storyline's Mission

Joining our neighbors to discover our roles in God's story.

 
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Vision


Vision


 

We desire to be a multiplying church that functions as a center of mission -- reproducing spiritual families in the nooks and crannies of culture to which God calls us in our city, country, and world. As we invite our disconnected and downtrodden neighbors to find their roles in God's story, God creates something new.

 
 
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New disciples of Jesus

People who decide to follow Jesus and are being formed into his likeness for the sake of the world.

 
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New disciple-making leaders

Leaders who intentionally invest in other people to help them follow Jesus and be formed into this likeness.

 
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New churches

Sending out new missionary teams to start new missional communities in new places in our city, country, and world.

 
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New creation

The kingdom of God appears in our city and world in the form of justice, mercy, and human flourishing.

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Rhythms


Rhythms


Jesus had three great loves in his life: God, his community of disciples, and his neighbors. He organized his entire life around these relationships. In Storyline, we seek follow the example of Jesus by orienting our lives around the same rhythms. 

 
 
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Up - relationship with God

In - relationships with disciples of Jesus

Out - relationships with disconnected and downtrodden neighbors

 

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Values


Values


Intimacy with God

Our participation in the life of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is our foundational practice.


Becoming like jesus

We are broken people, and by God's grace we are being healed and learning to live like Jesus would if he were us.


We are family

Just like the Sister Sledge song.


Everyone Gets to play

Male and female, rich and poor, young and old -- all disciples are members of the "priesthood of all believers."


There's Always Room at the Table

We are hospitable people, welcoming everyone into our community, especially when food is involved!


God is at the margins

God is near to those who are disconnected or downtrodden, and when we share life with them, we encounter God, too.


Lightweight and Low Maintenance

We are committed to simplicity and investing most of our resources in people rather than projects or programs.


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Practices


Practices


 

Partners in Mission -- disciples of Jesus who covenant with Storyline to live on mission -- commit to a shared way of life, consisting of five practices.

 
 
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Sharing life with disconnected and downtrodden neighbors (mission)

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Tending to our spiritual formation in discipleship groups (formation)

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Opening ourselves to God through prayer and Scripture (devotion)

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Rallying with our spiritual family (community)

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Yielding our financial and spiritual resources to the mission (generosity)

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Spaces


Spaces


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Worship Gatherings

Large group settings for worship, teaching, storytelling, vision, and meeting Jesus at the communion table.


Missional Communities

Mid-sized groups of 20-30 people -- extended families on mission -- that care for each other and serve their disconnected and downtrodden neighbors together.

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Discipleship Groups

Small groups of 3-6 people that are formed within missional communities for the purpose of spiritual formation and leadership development.