Grounded in biblical theology, we believe that God is actively moving and intends the good news of His redemptive love and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to go viral yet again – spreading from life to life through the “church” – God’s people on earth.
The church is the Body of Christ in our world – the collective people of faith who together grow and develop into maturity. The maturing church reveals the attributes of God to a world that doesn’t know Him. A Communitas church proclaims the gospel message of Christ in both deed and word; it seeks to enter into the story of its context and humbly embody the good news of the kingdom from within.
The ways a Communitas church expresses the kingdom are as varied as the cities we live in:
- A church in Brussels builds friendships with the homeless through shared meals in the soup kitchen, revealing that God provides for those in need.
- A church in Eastern Europe embraces orphans and helps them grow into mature adults.
- A church in Montevideo launches an eco-friendly building concept that will provide sustainable livelihoods for many.
- A church in Minneapolis clothes the homeless with physical and spiritual warmth.
- A church in Madrid expresses hospitality through the amazing parties they throw.
- A church in Glasgow made up of asylum seekers and refugees ministering to one another.
Though not exclusive to Communitas, these examples describe a few of the ways our churches are proclaiming God ́s redemptive love and leading people into saving faith.
Our churches embody core values, which express our pattern for life in God’s Kingdom. We participate in the mission of God to restore the entirety of creation to relationship with Him. These churches try to live into and bring about shalom – the peace and well-being of God. Revealing this peace through our words and deeds, through our own changed lives, invites people to walk toward ever-increasing faith in Christ. New believers develop into mature disciples leading to new churches.
Within Communitas, we shy away from formulaic models of church planting. We prefer an approach that allows our churches to grow up within the culture where they exist, emerging from the distinct characteristics of that culture and context. A church planted in the warmth of a Brazilian coastline will have rhythms and practices distinctly different from a church planted among Scandinavians. But by adhering to a theological core and a set of lived-out values, these churches share similar DNA even though their expression of church may look very different within each culture. One context may give birth to a vibrant international fellowship with a building, staff and programs, whereas another environment results in a house church who integrates local language and customs. Communitas team members (full-time, bi-vocational and affiliate) are trained in our church planting approach. This approach integrates six developmental concepts that move a team from “birth” toward maturity as a church: Embed, Initiate, Practice, Mature, Hub, and Extend. These dynamics are spelled out in more detail in our Dynamic Adventure guide.