About the Threshold

door_fieldThe Threshold is a new Christian community of spiritually eclectic people.

The Threshold gathers for transformative, contemplative worship; for shared spiritual practice; for local and global partnerships; and for intentional community. The ever evolving Threshold is committed to these ways of expressing the new thing that

God may be doing:

WORSHIP: Being real, authentic, and honest in worship – and really being in, being present, participating in worship.

PRACTICE: Practicing spiritual disciplines

(like silence, body prayer, story-telling) together and encouraging each other’s individual spiritual growth.

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY: Discerning the present and future ministry by deepening the relationships with each other and collectively listening for God’s guidance in the decision making process.

LOVING THE WORD: Acknowledging God’s continuing inspiration for our lives through Scripture. Attending to the living Word among us through deep listening to the text of Scripture and of our lives.

LIVING THE WORD: Being people of the Great Commission: sharing compelling, dance-filled life together so that evangelism is based on attraction and grace rather than persuasion and guilt. Being people of the great commandment: Jesus is celebrated, followed, loved…Christo-centric big-souled community living out our love for God with heart, mind and strength. Being people of the second great commandment: actively loving our neighbor. Neighbors are those most different from ourselves. Respecting and desiring an understanding of the border lands between us. Committed to a ministry of reconciliation.

PARTNERSHIPS: Expressing many different denominations of the one Christian family, the Church, the Threshold is formally affiliated with the American Baptist Church USA and with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A high value of the Threshold is developing international partnerships with thriving, creative Christian communities.

STRUCTURE: Because The Threshold is a new church development of the American Baptist Convention and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), its primary source for organic direction and growth is an intentional community of 12 people from a spectrum of spiritual experience, religious background, political and theological orientation, age, and gender. Gathering to discern God’s vision for The Threshold, this small group is intentional in sharing life, struggles, truths, prayer, Bible study, and meals. As The Threshold develops, more intentional communities may form to offer deep connections with the Spirit, with other spiritually eclectic people, and with God’s mission in the world.

“It feels like I've come home....."
  –a Threshold participant after worship