Our purpose is to Cultivate God-given identities that nurture authentic community.
Our Core Values are O.R.G.A.N.I.C.
One of our favorite sayings is, “Ask God what to do, and do it.” We know that no one can earn salvation by perfect obedience. We also know that obedience is fruit of truly loving Him. It is important to us to act obediently.
It is better to be wanted and not needed than to be needed and not wanted. We value people for who they are, not what they do. God has existed in relationship in eternity past (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Because we are created in His image, we posses that relational quality, and give Him glory when we love each other well.
It has been said that “a plan is a good thing to have because it gives God something to change.” So, we definitely believe in planning, but we also believe in holding that plan loosely, allowing God to redirect us as He will. We truly desire this to be His ministry.
Accountability is very important for any non-profit organization. The pattern of mutual submission described in Ephesians chapter 5-6 (as evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit) is something we endeavor to model. We want those we serve to know that our board holds each other accountable to wise stewardship and godly living. Additionally, each board member must be an active member of a local church, submitted to that spiritual authority. If anyone we serve has any concerns, we want them to feel free to approach anyone on the board about that.
We do not want to have a heavy centralized system that creates bottleneck. Each region should be free to engage in ministry in the way that is most effective for them. “Headquarters” exists to assist in that by offering administrative support, ongoing training, and spiritual oversight.
It has been said that sin is the despairing refusal to find your deepest identity in your relationship and service to God. We believe that when a person is truly able to receive in their hearts the identity of who they are in Christ, they will find greater healing, fulfillment, satisfaction, purpose, and holiness.
Where “relational” focuses on the one-on-one dynamic, “community” represents the collective relationships. God’s family should be a place of truth, love, grace, transparency, acceptance, and care. We desire to do life together, knowing that it is only within community that we will experience the fullness of what God intends for us.
Our name, Organic Gathering is best understood by the basic dictionary definition of those two words: