Within the context of American suburban life, people live in proximity but lament of a kind of loneliness and disconnection. I have a tremendous bend towards the narrative of a community life. I am actively seeking the contentment to experience genuine community in the here and now. I believe that meaning and purpose is found in a shared life. A chapter of our American story and largely of western civilization is an exaltation of the strong individual, I challenge that story as an unhealthy attempt at self-sufficiency and a loss of what makes for a beautiful humanity. Community has become a buzz-word in business, enterprise, politics, churches, schools etc. , many are speaking it but few are living it. It is not a means to more productive results, it doesn’t operate in the rules of a linear system. It is an end in and of itself within the circle of collaborative, communal and creative life together. We are not designed to live life alone, we find our part within the whole. Community is life.
Ordinary Community Church is a people, its a church, its an idea, its a way of life. It was a dream of mine in the late 1990’s to do church differently, somehow more communal, more simple, more honest and a search after the longing on all of our hearts to experience something more of the Kingdom of God. In May of 2001 we started the Ordinary Community Church story and have lived many chapters of life, suffering, beauty and hope ever since. For us, home is the northern suburban neighborhoods of Cincinnati and this is the context for our ordinary lives. We are a collection of faith communities that meet in homes so that 100% of our giving goes out to community and mission needs. We have no building and no paid staff.
We share meals, we learn, we worship, we pray, we lead, we party, we serve, we raise our kids, we dream, we plan, we laugh, we love, we give, we play and we do it all together. It’s a shared life, we live life together in community (but not communally, we have our own living spaces 😉 ). It is not ‘my’ Christianity, it’s ‘our’ Christianity. Church for us is not a meeting once a week, but rather a life we share together. Church is not someplace we go, it’s a people we belong to.