Purpose

Our purpose is to Cultivate God-given identities that nurture authentic community.

Core Values

Our Core Values are O.R.G.A.N.I.C.

O– Obedience 

Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

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.

R– Relationships

Hebrews 10: 23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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.

G– God-led

Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

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.

A– Accountable

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

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.

N– Non-bureaucratic

Ecclesiastes 5:8b – NLT For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. (see also 1 Samuel 8:9-18)

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.

I–  Identity

Ephesians 4:22-24 When you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

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.

C– Community

Acts 2:44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

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:

or·gan·ic

adjective: organic
Denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole.

gath·er·ing

noun: gathering
An assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one or one held for a specific purpose.