Who We Are
Meetinghouse Church is on a mission to be transformed by the love of Jesus to care well for the world, with the world.
Founded in 1946, we’re a vibrant, independent, Congregational church that loves Jesus, cares for its neighbors, and refuses to separate the two.
Our Core Values.
For us, welcome begins with God. The story of Scripture hinges on Jesus, who is God becoming fully human and whose life, death, and resurrection represent a full embrace of our full humanity. Through Jesus, God calls us beloved. This belovedness isn’t just a doctrine. It’s an ongoing encounter as we journey with Jesus and each other. And it’s changing everything, from the way we see ourselves to the way we see our neighbors to the way we see Creation.
Risk the Messy Path of Faith.
Having to hide part of your story – no matter the reason – is painful and hard. We won’t always get it right, but we want to create a community that practices hospitality toward every part of each other’s story, no matter how difficult or complicated it is. As we extend God’s compassion toward our stories, our healing bears witness to the good news of Jesus and frees us to journey through the messy path of faith yet to be lived.
Wrestle with the Tensions in God’s Word & World.
Sometimes, the story of God and the stories going on around us feel worlds apart. We know the Church hasn’t always held space to respond honestly and faithfully to these tensions. So we’re learning to love the tensions, choosing discomfort if it means growth, embracing doubt if it means authenticity, and living the questions if it means transformation. We live among these tensions because we believe God still speaks here, forming us to love God, ourselves, and our neighbors more authentically.
Immerse in Sacred Spaces & Rhythms.
Deep inside, we all long for something infinite, something beyond ourselves, something larger than life itself. In the story of Scripture, we find an infinite God who has become fully present in human life. Not only that, we find that this God is always looking to become present in our life. We all experience God’s presence in different spaces and rhythms, and we don’t just tolerate that. We celebrate God’s creativity in it. Because of this, we become bold to name the spaces and rhythms where we experience God, whose presence forms us more deeply into the image of Christ for the sake of our neighbors.
Do Good, for Christ’s Sake.
As we read Scripture, we find that loving God and loving our neighbor aren’t two separate buckets. By loving God, we learn to love the people that God has made. And when we don’t love our neighbors well, it helps us see that we haven’t fully received God’s love for ourselves. Throughout our history, God’s love compels us to move toward our neighbors, our world, and toward Creation itself. Like breathing in, we receive God’s love more deeply and are formed by it. And like breathing out, we move toward God’s world, partnering alongside God and our neighbors to see everything flourish in it.
Our Ideal Future.
Recover Missional Identity.
We’re committed to engaging directly with local challenges, as well as participating in other social challenges with our international partners. Meetinghouse Church is a place for you to tangibly join with God’s work in the world.
Reimagine the Grounds to Express Missional Identity.
We’re committed to renovating, refreshing, and re-conceiving the building and grounds as an embodiment of this missional identity, to be a place where church members learn to join with God’s restorative work in the world and where community members experience it as a place of that restoration.
Cultivate One Church, Many Expressions.
We are committed to cultivating multiple expressions of worship centered upon Jesus and providing fresh encouragement and challenge to be on mission with God in the world while serving different audiences.