- Q: Who are you guys, anyway? Good question. We're a team, actually: pastors Christian Cryder and Ryan Sutherland. Both of us grew up in Montana, became friends at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, graduated in 2006, and felt God's call to bring our families back out west to plant a church from scratch in Missoula, MT. Crazy, huh?
- Q: Why Missoula? It's tempting to link to pictures of huge trout, soaring vistas, with elk bugling in the distance (but we won't :-). The short answer is that we love this place, and the people who call it home. We desire to plant a church that connects with postmodern, de-churched, unbelievers, because these are the kinds of people we enjoy as friends. We have been very intentional about NOT planting a church that just recruits Christians from other churches.
- Q: Are you guys connected with a denomination? Yes, we are members of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), not because we think it's the perfect denomination, but because we think it's a great place to plant churches with a big view of grace and a love for people who don't share their convictions. The PCA is moving in a missional direction, and we like that.
- Q: What's your connection with the Missoula Project? That was us, up until May 2008. The Missoula Project described what we were early on: a grassroots effort to start a brand new church in Missoula by first creating a community of friends that included both believers and unbelievers. All Souls Missoula describes what we are becoming now - a blossoming community of faith for people in process.
- Q: What's this 'Sabbath Week' thing? On the first Sunday of the month, we hold a Sabbath Feast after the evening service - we all pitch in and share a meal together! It's a great way to reconnect over food with folks you might not see during the week!
Then, in the week that follows we take a break - a sabbath - from all regularly scheduled events (community groups, explorers groups, etc). We do this to give people a chance to catch their breath, to keep the schedule from becoming a grind. We also want to give folks a chance to catch up with friends they might not normally have a chance to connect with. So feel free to use this week however you want - whether kicking back or reaching out!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
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