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Sunday Worship


Sunday Worship


Sundays | 10:30am | Ballard

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We worship the God who is reconciling all things

10:30am on Sundays. (Duration: about 1hr 15mins [give or take 5 mins])
5710 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Limited Parking is available in the St. Luke's parking lot. Street parking is free in the neighborhood.

Our worship environment is at the intersection of the casual and the sacred, the contemporary and the ancient, the charismatic and the contemplative, the evangelical and the progressive. 

Join us as we worship authentically, ask hard questions, hear an inspiring message from the Scriptures, and connect with others who are on a journey to inspire love in our city. You belong here. To learn more about our Sunday teachings, click here.

At Pangea, we think church should be both fun and sacred. Both energetic and contemplative. Both innovative and ancient. Both relevant and deep. Through creative preaching, lively music, artful expression, and contemplative liturgy, we create a space for regular people to engage with God. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you belong here.

Our style is quite modern (guitar-driven music, etc.) but we also lean into ancient practices (weekly Communion and liturgy) which foster a sense of mystery. Some would call us an "ancient-future" church expression. On any given Sunday we will incorporate modern worship songs, ancient prayers, holy sacraments, engaging video, and transformational sermons.

If you worship with us, you might compare our "style" to the following fusion: Mennonite theology (yeah, we're kind of peaceniks), Anglican liturgy (we take the eucharist every week), contemporary music (and not cheesy either), and engaging preaching (relevant and hopeful).

We have Kids programing from zero - 5th grade during our worship gathering.

COME EARLY FOR some good COFFEE!

***Unfortunately our facility does not have wheelchair access. If this is a need for your family, we highly encourage you to consider attending St. Luke's Episcopal Church, which meets in an accessible building on the same campus. For information and service times, go to their website.


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Villages


The midweek expression of Pangea focused on spiritual transformation, family-like inclusion, & peacemaking.

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Villages


The midweek expression of Pangea focused on spiritual transformation, family-like inclusion, & peacemaking.

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Villages seek to cultivate a sense of family, made up of singles, couples, and kids. All are welcome as we together discover what it means to be peacemakers in Seattle and beyond. This isn't a bible study, but it is a space where you will be known by others and will experience God's love.

A Village is a group of people (about 10-20) committed to living out a shared set of values as a spiritual family. They both learn what it means to care for each other and to encourage each other in a lifestyle of peacemaking.

They seek to:

  • serve together,
  • reflect on Sunday's sermon (and Scripture) together,
  • share about our highs and/or lows together,
  • and pray together

It takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes, and it truly takes a village to experience life transformation. It is impossible to become fully alive as a human being—by becoming more like Jesus—without the company of others. Jesus had about 12, plus several others—we need the same. 

If you attend Pangea on Sundays, checking out a Village is your best next step.

Spiritual Formation Resources (click to list)

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FAll Village Focus

Peacemaking practices: See, Immerse, Contend, Restore.

This fall, we are taking some time to "zoom out" and grow in our own peacemaking practices. As a Village, we seek to spur each other on as ambassadors of peace in Seattle and beyond. Rather than merely having ideas about peace, we feeled called as peacemakers to live differently in the world. For the first several weeks of the Fall, our Villages will orient themselves around key peacemaking practices, guided by curriculum from our friends at The Global Immersion Project.


Circles

On the fourth Village gathering week of the month, they break into smaller groups called Circles.

A Circle is a subgroup of a Village focused on spiritual transformation. 

When?: Circles meet at the same time as the weekly Village. When kids are involved, some Circles may stagger times creatively to allow parents to engage without the expected interruptions from the kiddos. But the basic idea is that folks gather at their host home or at least near it.  

Where?: When it is possible, they can break out into different rooms within the regular meeting home. When this is not practical, Villages may opt to have circles meet in coffee shops, pubs, parks, homes, or anywhere else that facilitates space for authentic conversation, spiritual practices, and seeking the way of Jesus together.

Who?: Anyone involved in a Village is invited to connect with a Circle. They consist of 3-4 same-gender (typically) folks who intentionally meet every other week as apprentices of Christ.

Fun?: Circles are invited to meet outside of regular meeting times once each month to stay connected. Food, hikes, pubs, cayacks, ice skating, coffee, and movies are highly encouraged.

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Values & Convictions


Values & Convictions


VISION & Values

Everything we say and do is our attempt to lean into our vision and values. We derive these from the Scriptures and the ancient practices of the church. Reading through our values will give you the clearest picture of the kind of church Pangea strives to become.

Vision

A church that follows in the way of Jesus,
to inspire others in the way of love.


Values

Hope | The world as it is, isn’t the world as it will be. 

God intends the world to be a place where all relationships are made right. Jesus, through his life, death, resurrection and ascension, empowers all people to live as signposts of a better world. God reconciles us to God's self as the beginning of God's renewed humanity and world. This is good news. Our lives as they are, aren't our lives as they will be. Christ is our hope!

Inclusion | Communities of love offer embrace, not exclusion.

There are no prerequisites to love. God loves us before we ever could love God. And that is what we are invited to image to the world around us. We refuse to let anything get in the way of relationship, insofar that it depends on us. If you are human, you belong at Pangea; you belong with us.

Peacemaking | We practice nonviolence and contend for others.

Making peace is what God did through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. This peace extends to individuals, human communities, and all of creation. At the personal level, Jesus taught us that nonviolent resistance is part of the vocation of his followers. His vision of peace sparks revolutions of love. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding nonviolent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.

Transformation | Knowing and following Jesus makes us more human.

If you want to know what it looks like to be fully human, look at Jesus. He, the "second Adam" as the Apostle Paul would say, is the prototype of what God intends humanity to be. So, the more we know and follow Jesus, the more we become Christlike, the more we become truly human: the image bearers we were always called to be. Jesus is not opposed to our humanness, but invites us to flourish into the fuller version of our God-given humanity. The Bible sometimes calls this "sanctification."

Mystery | Ancient faith fosters wonder and refuses to put God in a box. 

The church in the twenty-first century is part of a narrative that goes back 2,000 years. As we read the Scriptures, we commit ourselves to doing what we can to interpret and apply the texts with first century contexts in mind. But the story moved forward from there. The church throughout the generations, with its ancient practices and postures, is our story. And yet the church is just one chapter in the story of God, one that started in creation and will reach its culmination in the renewal of creation. We co-create the future as we partner as actors in the Divine drama. The God who guides this compelling narrative is bigger than any categories or ideas with which we try to entrap the Spirit. We worship a God who leaves us in awe, and accepts us in our doubts.

Convictions:
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD AND THE WORLD

In what follows, we offer a few of our convictions about God, humanity, and the cosmos. At the end of the day, we strive to follow Jesus. The following ideas help root us in that journey.

BRETHREN IN CHRIST

Pangea is a church affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. As such, we share in the BIC's belief values, all of which give voice to some of our core theological convictions.

The following values of the BIC, give expression to our Anabaptist, Pietistic, Wesleyan, and Evangelical-ish (and the "-ish" is quite intentional) streams of influence. It would be safe to say that Anabaptism is the primary influence and that all the others find their meaning within that overarching framework. In order to give a “bird’s eye view” of our denominational beliefs and practices, the Core Values of the BIC are as follows:

  • Experiencing God's Love and Grace: We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Believing the Bible: We value the Bible as God's authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
  • Worshiping God: We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
  • Following Jesus: We value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • Belonging to the Community of Faith: We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.
  • Witnessing to the World: We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
  • Serving Compassionately: We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
  • Pursuing Peace: We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.
  • Living Simply: We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
  • Relying on God: We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with God by living prayerfully.

MENNONITE WORLD CONFERENCE

By the grace of God, we seek to live and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. As part of the one body of Christ at all times and places, we hold the following to be central to our belief and practice:

  1. God is known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling a people to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service and witness.
  2. Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life.
  3. As a church, we are a community of those whom God's Spirit calls to turn from sin,acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.
  4. As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God's will for our obedience.
  5. The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.
  6. We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord's Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability.
  7. As a worldwide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God's grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

In these convictions we draw inspiration from Anabaptist forebears of the 16th century, who modeled radical discipleship to Jesus Christ. We seek to walk in his name by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we confidently await Christ's return and the final fulfillment of God's kingdom.


ANABAPTISM

Our theological tradition is Anabaptism, which emerged during the "radical reformation." Below answers the question “What is an Anabaptist?” through the Core Convictions of the Anabaptist Network (the founders of Urban Expression). If you want to read an excellent introduction to contemporary Anabaptism, check out this accessible book: The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of Radical Faith by Stuart Murray. Core convictions from the book include:

Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church and our engagement with society. We are committed to following Jesus as well as worshipping him.

Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centered approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.

Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus, and has left the churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving.

The frequent association of the church with status, wealth and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom.

Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers.

Spirituality and economics are interconnected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and in a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation, and working for justice.

Peace is at the heart of the gospel.  As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.


The ReKnew Manifesto

Although this is a document that isn't "official" in any sense, we'd say that it points to several theological tendencies at Pangea. So in no way are we officially affiliated with ReKnew or under its authority, but we think Greg Boyd and the community around ReKnew has penned some core theological ideas that inform the sorts of things we tend to emphasize or wrestle with at our church. You can read the whole statement here.


CONFESSION AND CREED

The following Confession and Creeds reflect the historic Christian roots from which Pangea emerges. The Apostle's Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Confession of Faith of the Brethren in Christ Church give a clear look at our spoken beliefs. The ancient Creeds have slight additions/alterations to fit our Anabaptist convictions. These changes are marked with an asterisk. Also, "I" language stated as "we" language in the Apostle's Creed.

CONFESSION OF FAITH OF THE BRETHREN IN CHRIST IN THE US

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God as the final authority for faith and practice.

We believe that the Scriptures reveal the triune God whose person, nature, and character forever is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the source and foundation of all that is. God has established order and relationships within creation.

We believe that God created man and woman in His image. Because human beings chose to disobey God, their nature became sinful, resulting in alienation from God, from one another, from themselves, and from the rest of creation.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to reveal the Father and to provide God’s only plan of salvation for sinful humanity. New life in Christ is given to all who turn from evil through faith in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to make full surrender to the work of Christ and to walk in the fullness of the Spirit’s power.

We believe that the Holy Spirit works in the world, intercedes for the believer, and is present in the life of the church, gifting persons for witness and service. The church is God’s primary means for worship, fellowship, evangelism, and discipleship.

The final destiny of all things lies in God’s hands. We believe that the return of Christ in power and glory is certain and may occur at any time. God will judge righteously at the close of the age. All created things will be brought to their proper order in the eternal Kingdom.

THE NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,
and became truly human.
He announced and embodied God's Kingdom.*
He revealed the full character of God
  by healing the sick,
  raising the dead,
  modeling forgiveness,
  proclaiming peace,
  and confounding the powers.*
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, and
who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the renewed* world to come. Amen. 

THE APOSTLES' CREED

We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He announced and embodied the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.*
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

****Additions to Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed were inspired by The Mennonite Worker, an intentional community in Minneapolis. Wherever we have added a sentence or key word, these are marked with an asterisk [*]. Although we are perfectly content to recite the common version of the Creeds, these slight additions serve to better express our theology, particularly our understanding of the life of Jesus.

Our Story


Our Story


A CHURCH THAT FOLLOWS IN THE WAY OF JESUS,
TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN THE WAY OF LOVE.

Many people have a picture of church that's been conditioned by certain forms of Christianity that give the impression that God is angry, vengeful, and judgmental. Central to our identity at Pangea is our vision of a God whose primary posture toward the universe is love. We seek to embody that vision by centering on 5 radical core values

We gather in two different modes: a Sunday Worship Gathering and in neighborhood-based groups called Villages. In some ways, Sundays are get-togethers for our Villages from around the city. New folks are invited to check out our Sunday morning worship experience and follow up by meeting a staff or leadership person for coffee to talk about Villages and other ways to connect!


A BIT ABOUT OUr Journey

This all started out as a dream in the summer of 2010. Little did Kurt know that he--along with his wife Lauren, daughter Lydia, and pups--would be moving to Seattle (from CA) to start a brand new church in partnership with the Brethren in Christ.

Part of what drove Kurt, and still drives him today, is that he believes that Jesus gets bad press in our culture. Some "brands" of Christianity tie the cross and the flag so closely together that it's hard to distinguish if Jesus started a countercultural movement or an American political platform. The Jesus of America is the Jesus of status quo power games. But the Jesus of the New Testament--who taught us to love our enemies, to welcome children, to serve the poor, to seek transformation, to include anyone willing--this is the Jesus that Pangea seeks to represent. 

So, since August of 2013 the Willems' have been inviting others to join them in the journey. After establishing an initial core team, including three additional staff members (Brett, Andrew, and Aly), we launched public worship services in September of 2015. Our dream is that Pangea will become a church that stands up for the oppressed, empowers families, includes the excluded, cultivates friendship, ignites activism, and creates space for exploring spirituality. Our vision can be summarized by:

A church that follows in the way of Jesus, to inspire others in the way of love.

Everything we do is driven by our values. For more details, check out our Values & Convictions page.


Affiliations

We are a church community with some partnerships. These affiliations remind us that we are not in this alone. We are part of a larger tribe - some of which is represented below. Added to this list are countless others who have encouraged us, prayed for us, or share our values. 


Pangea: Defined

"Pangea" is a word that offers two different images which are significant for our church.

THEOLOGICAL IMAGE

The tree represents both the cross and the tree of life. The Scriptures say that "leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations" (Rev. 21), which is a vision of God's ultimate intention for this world. Each tile of stained glass represents a diverse community within our church, which extend God's love as though existing as a "leaf" of reconciliation. The glass, of course, also points to our ancient-future approach to worship. And finally, the pieces come together within a circle, representing Pangea as defined on this page.

The tree represents both the cross and the tree of life. The Scriptures say that "leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations" (Rev. 21), which is a vision of God's ultimate intention for this world. Each tile of stained glass represents a diverse community within our church, which extend God's love as though existing as a "leaf" of reconciliation. The glass, of course, also points to our ancient-future approach to worship. And finally, the pieces come together within a circle, representing Pangea as defined on this page.

Pangea represents God's Kingdom - one that transcends borders and includes the invitation to form a new humanity. In Ancient Greek, Pangea means – “entire” “earth.” It was the “super-continent” that was formed prior to the tectonic plates eventually shifting to break apart the world into the seven continents we currently know.

Where this becomes a theological concept is the idea that God’s kingdom is one that unites the world under God’s perfect reign. To this kingdom and to the King of Kings we give our full and primary allegiance, even as we sojourn in a land that is called America. Our identity as Christ-followers transcends the borders of any nation or anything else our culture creates to divide people. Christ unites unlikely people.

ETHOS IMAGE

Pangea also serves as an image of our gathering and scattering ethos. We are made up of multiple communities that are all part of the larger movement. In other words, Pangea are exactly that – several Villages (home groups) united by a common vision of what it means to live out our love for God and neighbor. All of these groups (about 12-24 people) come together as one through a shared set of vision and values.


IS PANGEA A FIT?

One thing people often wonder is: Will this faith community be a "fit" for me? There's only one way to find out—come hang with us on a Sunday or during the week!

If you’ve been burned by the church, we might be a fit. If you long for authentic relationships guided by love, we might be a fit. If you seek mystery paired with lively music, we might be a fit. If you're a religious misfit, we might be a fit. If you've followed Jesus your whole life, we might be a fit. If you long for a faith rooted in formation and activism, we might be a fit.

If status quo pat answers rub you the wrong way, we might be a fit. If you want to be part of a community where everyone's welcome, we might be a fit. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty for our city, and connect with like-minded folks—we just might be a fit for you.

Questions People Often Ask...

1. Are you "complementarian"or "egalitarian" regarding gender roles?


2. What is an Anabaptist?

  • Although nuanced understandings and applications of that tradition exist, Pangea is Anabaptist in two ways. First, our sending denominational family, the Brethren in Christ, is rooted in Anabaptism. Second, many people who have joined up with us might be considered "neo-Anabaptists." Basically, these are folks who identify with values such as nonviolence/social justice, Christian community, and a Jesus-looking God. To understand the basics of Anabaptist Christianity, go to our Convictions page. To go slightly deeper, Stuart Murray's The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of Radical Faith is a great introduction. Ultimately, we are followers of Jesus and Anabaptism is one of several Christian expressions that influences the values of Pangea. 

3. What other traditions influence Pangea?

  • Too many to count! Progressive forms of evangelicalism (not the sort on the news!), Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism (lots of influence!), Wesleyanism, missional/emerging church, and so much more. We have a strong commitment to ecumenical relationships (to our theological left and right) and see ourselves in fidelity with all Christians who rally around the centrality of the bodily resurrection of Christ, along with the basic beliefs expressed by the Apostles' Creed (whether or not they consider themselves "creedal").

4. Do you have formal membership?

  • Not at this time. We are currently discerning what this will look like for us. Although we highly value relationship to our denominational family (and gladly consider ourselves a "member" church), some of us are uncertain about membership as a concept (a. If it fits our context; b. If it fits our theology). We plan to have a way for committed folks to adopt shared local values/commitments/rhythms in the future, but these will likely be something more like missional/monastic orders. If that becomes referred to as "membership," we will need to update the response to this question! haha. 

5. Who may get involved in serving and participating at Pangea? Is "inclusion" just a buzzword?

This slide comes from our "We" series. Go to our series page and scroll down to understand more about how we unpack our "inclusion" value.

This slide comes from our "We" series. Go to our series page and scroll down to understand more about how we unpack our "inclusion" value.

  • Anyone can be active participants and "inclusion" isn't a word we use to sound cool! Our value, "inclusion," means that all are invited to be active in our church. We create space for Christians of differing viewpoints in "nonessential" theological convictions (open theism vs simple foreknowledge, LGBTQ marriage, atonement theories, etc.) to worship Christ and serve the common good. We consider ourselves a "third way" community, meaning that people of differing convictions (often framed as "this or that" or "black and white" in two-option binaries) on disputable matters can worship God and serve humanity side-by-side.
  • Additionally, many roles at Pangea (either on Sunday mornings or in a missional community) don't even require a Christian commitment (although we're always up for a good conversation about Jesus and baptism). 
  • For those in "teaching" roles, we ask that a person evidence teaching gifts, share our 5 core values, and demonstrate a commitment to following Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God. *Please note that all children's workers will be required to pass a background check.

6. Are you "Reformed," as in the "young, restless, and reformed" movement (sometimes called "neo-reformed")?

  • No, we are not. We differ in areas related to women's roles, atonement theology, and just about every letter on the famous "TULIP" acronym. We do consider them our sisters and brothers in Christ, but we are also quite different in some obvious ways.

7. Do you have specific ministries for women (Women's Ministry), men (Men's Ministry), etc.?

  • The short answer is no. We don't plan to have many programs. Imagine that all of the functions that various programs play in a typical "attractional" church model have been redefined around grassroots communities of Jesus followers (and seeker/skeptic types) called Villages. Within these localized communities the participants dream up what it looks like to express God's kingdom of love within their neighborhood and world. This may lead to some things that mirror "programs," but may not. Even so, our resources flow into Villages instead of program silos that can easily become disconnected to the broader vision of a church.  

8. I like to "nerd out" on theology. I realize that regular church services aren't the ideal place for this (although, at Pangea, we do get heavy sometimes). Is there a space for me to process relevant theological issues with others?

  • Yes! Somewhat organically we have created something we call "Beer:Bible:Book" nights. Together, those who participate agree to read a specific book (or other resources) pertaining to a relevant theological/missional topic. They then all come together at someone's house, bearing beverages and snacks, to process the material and its ramifications for missional living. Some previous topics (which may be returned to in the future) include: the significance of the Eucharist, Hell, nonviolence, and incarnational mission. We will announce these events in our Sunday Gathering, including the topics and readings required. They are organized somewhat sporadically, a few times each year.

9. What do you teach/practice regarding the "gifts of the Holy Spirit?" 

  • A short answer to a very complex question is that we affirm that God still uses the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians to do the miraculous. Although you might not know it from our Sunday Gathering, we would consider ourselves to be somewhat charismatic. Much of the “charismatic” movement often gets a bad reputation because of some of the outrageous expressions that seem counter-productive to mission. Nevertheless, we believe that the power of God is available today insofar that God sees fit in a given situation. Although we reject the political and cultural baggage of much of the mainstream Pentecostal movement, we believe in the miraculous and long for it within our church communities.
  • God can speak to people through dreams, visions, pictures, all forms of the prophetic, and words of knowledge; can empower people for acts of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing–even raising the dead; can give the ability to put Jesus on display through signs and wonders; can open up the eyes of some to see the unseen realm of reality; can speak to and through some people using unknown tongues; and can do whatever God pleases to move the mission forward through the people of God.

10. Why do you do liturgy? Aren't you Mennonites?

  • The short answer is that we believe that something was lost (although much was gained) with the reformation. Pangea practices liturgy in continuity with ancient Judaism (Jesus said liturgies!) and the early church. We embrace a sacramental theology (rather than ordinance-based as in most "Anabaptist" churches). We believe the way forward is rooted in the beauty of the past. This is why one of our core values is Mystery. To learn more about our ancient-future worship impulse, read here.

11. Does Pangea consider itself a "peace church?" Is nonviolence a central teaching of the church?

  • The answer to this question is absolutely "yes." We believe that Jesus, Paul, Peter, and the author of Revelation all taught nonviolence as the normative pattern for disciples of Christ. For instance, according to 1 Peter 2.19-24, a follower of Jesus follows Jesus to the cross. Here, Christians are encouraged to “bear up under the pain of unjust suffering;” to “suffer for doing good;” to endure after the pattern of Christ’s suffering as “an example… [to] follow in his steps.”  Following Jesus in this way remembers how when he was insulted “he did not retaliate” or make “threats.”  “Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
  • We do not expect that everyone at Pangea has this nonviolence thing "worked out." There are shades of grey, to be sure, even within the nonviolence camp. But it should be noted that we do teach "peacemaking" as a core value and nonviolence falls into our theological core convictions.
  • All are welcome to worship with us. One need not see this as a hurdle to community, but an invitation to process a challenging teaching of Christ with others.
  • For a theological exploration of Christian nonviolence, start with our essay, Nonviolence 101.

MORE QUESTIONS TO COME.....