Beginnings

It all started innocently enough.

In February 2010, three Arizona pastors attended a conference together called Verge in Austin, Texas.

Only it was more than a conference.  It was a smack in the face.

They were thrown head first into the ring to wrestle with some gritty questions:

What if a group of Christ-followers really lived like a Savior came and died for them and then rose from the dead?

What if meaningful relationships became more important than selfishly guarding their personal space and time?

What if they cared more about seeking and saving what was lost and less about being comfortable?

What if they believed Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”?

By the time it was done, those three pastors knew one thing:

Things couldn’t stay the same.

For Scott and Carolyn Mitchell, that meant a lot of prayer, a few tears, and a step into the unknown that eventually led them to a small group of people who are helping to shape the vision for The Church Next Door.

We knew that for this to be more than just another weekend church service, we would need to do more than talk about our Mission: Training Missional Communities to share Jesus in tangible ways by gathering together and going into the world.

And we decided that we’re not afraid to scare off a few people looking for another place to get comfortable. If you’re bound and determined that a service is all you’re looking for, you may have a hard time settling in with us. We’re tired of comfortable. We want to be a part of something bigger than us. We want to be disciples who make disciples. And the way we do that is through Missional Communities: Groups of people building meaningful relationships, joining Jesus on mission, sharing His love in tangible ways to those around us… not only in words, but with our actions as well. And YOU have an important part to play, too. We’d love to have you come and embrace His mission with us.