By Paige K Slighter
Did you know that Woodland is part of a relational network of churches and ministries around the world that focuses on putting Jesus at the center? It’s called the Jesus Collective, and our goal is to go well beyond simply “believing the right things.” As Greg puts it, “We’re part of a movement that serves a Jesus looking God while raising up a Jesus looking people in a Jesus kind of way.”
The roots of this movement are Anabaptist, which fits right in with Woodland’s values. Together, Jesus Collective churches strive to live out the Gospel in fresh ways in our modern and increasingly post-Christian world.
So, what exactly does this look like? Jesus Collective equips leaders and churches from many different denominations and diverse backgrounds to live and love like Jesus. Everyone in the community has something to bring to the table. And as we share our strengths and resources through blogs, podcasts, prayer groups, online gatherings, workshops, kids curriculum and innovation labs, we serve as resources to each other and further God’s kingdom.
Even beyond that, Jesus Collective is a place for us to find a like-minded community. Greg says, “It’s our tribe. Meaning that we all share the same identity in Christ. No one has to feel like a lone ranger here.” Together, we can provide accountability and support as we participate in the beauty of this global revolution.
You’ll get a small taste of what this fellowship is like over the next three weeks. Starting this Sunday during our services, we’ll listen to various Jesus Collective speakers in a series called On Earth As In Heaven, followed by a panel with representatives from WH. Tune in at our regular time, 10am CT.
Woodland is so grateful to be part of something much bigger than ourselves. We hope you catch the vision and are blessed and inspired!