WHO ARE WE?

 

Understandably, most people might assume that because we are a church, they already know who we are.  After all, if one is familiar with any church, it is easy to assume that other churches are similar.  But to make that assumption about the Community Church would not be even close to being accurate!  Although we share some similarities with fellow churches, we have multiple aspects of uniqueness that make us different than any other fellowship with which you might be familiar.

 

The best way to get to know us, of course, is to share life with us for a period of time to discover our openness, spiritual freedom, and frequent opportunities for discussion /sharing, welcoming warmth, depth of exploration, exciting diversity and rich possibilities for growth.  But in the absence of a vital experiential encounter, we’ll begin by emphasizing something that you already have discovered.  We have a catchphrase that appears on many of our publications:  “Unapologetically Christian, Unapologetically Progressive.”  You might wonder what that means.

 

When we say that we’re unapologetically Christian, a distinction that is important here, it means simply that the spiritual pathway we seek to follow is that set forth by Jesus of Nazareth.  We take seriously his claim that he wanted to mediate God’s intention to help us to experience a more abundant life, life in all its fullness:  in other words, salvation from dysfunctional ways of living and relating by which we tend unnecessarily to hurt both ourselves and others.  So, for us, to be unapologetically Christian means to put unapologetic emphasis upon the amazing spiritual path enunciated and modeled by our preeminent mentor, Jesus.  To say that is nothing new, but to be faithful to the intent is not so common as people in most churches might like to believe.  Why?  Read the next paragraph on what we mean by being “unapologetically progressive.”

 

For us, to be unapologetically progressive in our spiritual journey means that we prioritize following the teachings of Jesus rather than those of the followers of Jesus—their dogmas and creeds, most of which contain tenets that Jesus never taught and have little or nothing to do with being saved from crippling human dysfunctionality to the rich and fulfilling experience of more abundant lives and relationships.  In most churches, giving assent to certain frequently conflicting dogmas and creeds usually identifies one as Christian, but not at the Community Church.  Here, to be Christian means simply to answer affirmatively to the invitation of Jesus of Nazareth to “Come, follow me” (and to take that affirmation seriously by making it one’s priority in life.)  We do not superimpose the burden of multiple dogmas and creeds on people because Jesus himself did not site.  Instead, as unapologetic progressives, we free our people to develop their theological perspective (personal beliefs) under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised would lead us into the truth.

 

So our definitions of “Christian” and “progressive” are of paramount importance.  They give our fellowship integrity, authenticity, and the refreshing uniqueness that we enjoy and gladly share with others in the Midlands of South Carolina.