We would like to invite you into a conversation Hill City Church is having. Over the past few months, the leaders have been discussing what it means to be a progressive church. Many have told us how appreciative they are to have found a progressive church in Hill City, but we were not quite sure what that meant especially since we have been operating as a missional church for so long.
After many nights on Jeff’s deck, sipping whiskey and smoking cigars (which is what progressives do!), we’ve determined that a missional progressive church does five things. Our hope is that we can move the conversation forward because we see weaknesses in both the missional church and the progressive church. The missional church often lacks the ability to really embrace doubt and generous orthodoxy while the progressive church often lacks missional zeal. But both progressive and missional types, in their own ways, are driven by their Jesus-centered faith towards radical hospitality!
Check them out below and come join the conversation! This truly is a conversation as each teaching ends with a time of Q&A, which more like a time of question and reflect.
1. Embracing Doubt
Doubt is no longer a question but a reality. We all believe while doubting. For far too long, doubt has been the enemy to faith but as we all discussed doubt we realized that it is what has made our faith so strong. Embracing doubt brings us closer to God and more approachable for our neighbors. Embracing doubt fosters diversity within unity.
2. Generous Orthodoxy
Our doubts are different and possess differing tension. This causes us to disagree on varying points while still submitting to one Lord and Savior. Disagreements and tension are evident throughout the history of the Church. There have always been disagreements on various issues causing different sects within the Church. We cherish the words of Rupertus Meldenius, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity,” while holding firmly to the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed.
We can do this because Jesus is central to our faith and way of living. We choose to actively imitate the life of Jesus in tangible everyday ways. Jesus is not a system of beliefs or doctrines but a Way of life that we choose to imitate as image-bearers of God’s love and redemptive plan. Rather than defending doctrine we witness to the life and Way of Jesus.
4. Missionally Minded
The redemptive plan unfolds as we live as an extension of Christ’s presence to and for a world in need of a Savior. We seek to live and love like Jesus as we live out the ongoing process of discipleship before the audience of the world. In doing so, we create an alternative social reality known as the Kingdom of God as a foretaste of the hope to come.
5. Radical Hospitality
As we encounter the world, God begins to break our hearts for the broken, oppressed, and those considered “unclean.” The Spirit thus begins to open our hearts to a greater inclusivity of God’s love for those who have been or are being cast out by man’s religion. We not only love the unlovable with words but also begin to embrace them with our lives, families, and greater communities.
We hope you will come and join us over the next five weeks for this on-going conversation!