What We Value
Biblical - The Gathering Place is an intentional community comprised of deeply committed people who have discovered that The Bible is nothing less than The Word of God. We are building our lives on the Authority, Reliability and Truth of God's Word and we are finding God's blessing and His guidance in the process.
Relevancy - We at The Gathering Place are passionate about creatively making the message of the Bible and mission of Jesus Christ accessible to the people of our local community and applicable to the challenges they currently face. Yes, the truths of the Bible were written in ancient times, but these truths are just as relevant to us today as they were back then.
Holiness - We at The Gathering Place look to Jesus Christ as our model and standard for the way we live. Because Jesus is fully Man as well as fully God, we are optimistic about our potential to live a holy life that resembles His. We are also optimistic about holy living because of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We believe that the work of the Holy Spirit empowers us to be different from those who have not yet experienced the Holy Spirit; our standard is higher. In this empowerment, we seek to be the hands and feet of the continuation of Christ's work in the world in real time.
Prayer / Healing - For us, prayer is essential to the life we live as the Body of Christ. We do it as a collective, and together in prayer we understand it to be the "Breath" of the Church and is meant to be a continuous practice like breathing is in our own bodies. Prayer is the practice of being present with God and "listening" to Him, as well as being in dialogue with God. In this dialogue, we ask Him to act powerfully in the midst of all the daily challenges we face individually, locally, corporately, nationally and beyond. You may recall, Jesus put it this way ~ "on earth as it is in heaven". As the Bible instructs ~ we "Pray without ceasing." As a consequence of our prayers, we believe in God's power to bring and release healing physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. There are two goals in our healing ministry: 1. To demonstrate the power of the living God for His glory, and 2. To bless those who ask ~ with something that goes beyond and even contradicts the expectations of medical science.
Transformational - We believe that God is the beginning and end of all life's transformations. As a community we value recovery of all life's issues, habits, hang-ups and hurts both from our past and our present. We value the transformation of an individual and believe that it takes place in the environment of community and support of small groups and corporate services.
Community - We believe that life is meant to be lived and shared in community. Our doors are opened to everyone. Come and See, Connect, Grow, Learn, Share, Serve -Give Church a Second look!
To Discover Truth and Live Biblically
To Worship God and Grow Personally
To Make and Train Disciples Locally
To Start and Sustain New Churches Regionally
To Reinforce and Expand Mission Globally
To Do All These Things Prayerfully
The Gathering Place is an outreach of Christ Center Wesleyan Church. The Purpose of the Christ Center Family is to make Jesus Christ the focus of our lives, help our neighbors find Christ, and serve Sedona and beyond.