The Neighborhood Church officially began in 2016 as the merging of two churches with the same goal of following Jesus together for God’s kingdom in our neighborhood. We serve alongside several local and global partners to bless our neighbors here in town and around the world.


We have all sorts of people in our community — people that have come from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds and people who have only recently been introduced to Jesus and his way. What binds us all together is a love and a passion to follow Jesus together for the sake of our neighborhood and the world. 


Meet our pastors here or scroll down to find out more about our core practices and core convictions.

ABOUT US

CORE PRACTICES

We communicate our life together and our journey with Jesus using these 5 core practices:


1. FOLLOW JESUS

We commit to be with Jesus to learn from Jesus how to live like Jesus in our everyday life.


2. LOVE NEIGHBOR

We commit to love others as ourselves regardless of race, background, ethnicity, orientation, or status.


3. GROW DISCIPLES

We commit to invite people into a relationship with Jesus by baptizing, teaching, and sending them on mission.


4. CREATE SPACE

We commit to make time for God and others for transformational relationships to grow.


5. BRING PEACE

We commit to partner with God in his mission to bring his Shalom (holistic peace and well-being) to our neighborhood and world.

When we discovered the convictions outlined by the Anabaptist Network in the UK, we felt as though we were looking into a mirror. We are a non-denominational church, governed by our own leadership and do not formally belong to any Christian denomination or organization — the Anabaptist Network included. However, these convictions articulate the kind of theological distinctions that have grown from our life of following Jesus together for his kingdom in our neighborhood, and have helped form a framework for the kind of thinking, teaching, and practice you'll find at The Neighborhood Church.


1. WE’RE ALL ABOUT JESUS

Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer, and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, our understanding of church, and our engagement with society. We are committed to follow Jesus and worshiping him.


2. WE'RE JESUS-CENTERED BIBLE READERS

Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centered approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.


3. WE'RE CALLED TO BE DISTINCT

Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era, when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus, and has left churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving.


4. WE'RE CALLED TO SERVE THE LEAST

The frequent association of the church with status, wealth, and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless, and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom.


5. WE'RE CALLED TO BE A COMMUNITY OF DISCIPLES

Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability, and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers.


6. WE'RE CALLED TO SIMPLICITY, GENEROSITY & JUSTICE

Spirituality and economics are inter-connected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and in a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation, and working for justice.


7. WE'RE CALLED TO BE PEACEMAKERS

Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.


For more information about these convictions, see the Anabaptist Network or listen to our sermon series that explores each conviction with regard to Anabaptist history, our theology and practice. For a great introduction into these convictions and Anabaptism, we recommend The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray.

CORE CONVICTIONS