“If you want to know where you are going, you have to know where you have been.”

 

In the summer of 2008, thirty-five people committed to living our lives together, learning about the gospel, and serving the city of Tempe. We called ourselves “Tempe City Church.” Our hope was to have a church that didn’t organize around a building or a weekly service, but rather around smaller communities committed to living their lives together and serving the city. We wanted to see the city of Tempe saturated with these families of missionary servants.

As we grew, we realized God was providing opportunities in other areas of the Valley and across the country as well. We changed our name to Missio Dei Communities to better reflect what we saw God doing in our church. Missio Dei is a Latin term that means “the mission of God.” We believe God is on a mission to rescue His creation and His people. He has done that ultimately through Jesus. We are communities trying to figure out how we can faithfully play our role in the missio Dei.

The last decade has been one beautiful mess with surprises, set backs, and unbelievable transformations. We’ve planted missional communities, seen growth, experienced failures, planted a church, planted another church, adopted a church, are planting another, you get the point. Things change, but the gospel has remained the good news that fuels all that we do. We are amazed as Jesus works to grow our love of him, one anther, and his world. If nothing else, we are a testimony to the fact that God rescues His people, fills them with His Spirit, and gives them everything they need to live as His family of missionary servants.

Our prayer has always been that God will continue to multiply these Missional Communities so that we could see the whole Valley saturated with families of missionary servants. We aren’t just saying that, but taking intentional steps to see it actually take place.

The work of planting the gospel in the Valley is far from complete, but God has been gracious to see us raised up into a family of missionary servants doing the work of making, maturing, and multiplying disciples here in the Valley. He gets the glory because there is no way we could have mapped out this beautiful story that is being written. Want to be a part of the story? Let us know!

 

Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Ephesians 4:15

Each Missio Dei congregation is led by a team of local Pastors/Elders, Missional Community leaders, and where established, Deacons. Each leadership team is assessed and affirmed in the work they are doing.

Missio Dei Communities has an executive team that gives vision and direction to all of our congregations, but fully and firmly affirm the leadership responsibilities of localized leaders. If you want to know more of how we are structured you can READ HERE.

  Wade Myers  Pastor (Peoria)

Wade Myers
Pastor (Peoria)

  Chris Gonzalez  Pastor (Tempe)

Chris Gonzalez
Pastor (Tempe)

  Chris Priebe  Pastor (Peoria)

Chris Priebe
Pastor (Peoria)

  Nick Barker  Pastor (Tempe)

Nick Barker
Pastor (Tempe)

  Kevin Platt  Pastor (Mesa)

Kevin Platt
Pastor (Mesa)

  Mike Baumert  Deacon of Finances

Mike Baumert
Deacon of Finances

“Theology is the application of God’s word by persons to every area of human life.” - John Frame


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The True Story of the World

Influential Statements and Creeds

Missio Dei Communities is a Christian church called to reflect the biblical unity of faith and life, of history and eternity, and of the declaration and demonstration of the gospel.

As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ:

1. We bear witness to the one living God, revealed through the Bible as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God’s plan for the universe is to bring about, through Jesus Christ, a transformed creation wholly governed by God, from which all evil and suffering will be banished and in which God will live with redeemed humanity for ever. The presence and hope of the kingdom of God shape and motivate our mission through evangelism, compassionate service, active pursuit of justice and peace, and care for creation.

2. We bear witness to the following truths of the historic Christian faith as the pillars of our world-view, the motivation for our mission and the foundation for our commitment:

The Bible as the Word of God.

The Bible tells the universal story of creation, fall, redemption and new creation, and thereby shapes our worldview. We receive it as the word of God spoken through human authors and believe it to be true and trustworthy in all it affirms. We depend upon it as the revelation of God’s identity, character, purposes and actions and submit to it as supremely and uniquely authoritative for our belief and behavior.

God as Creator.

The universe is the good creation of the one living God and reveals God’s existence, power and glory. Human beings are created in the image of God, male and female, in order to love, worship and obey God, to relate to one another in love, justice and compassion, and to care for creation.

Human sin.

Humans have sinned by rebelling against God, rejecting God’s authority and disobeying God’s word and so are alienated from God, one another and the created order. Sin deserves God’s judgment and leads to eternal separation from God. The effects of sin and the power of evil have permeated the fabric of cultural, economic, social, political and religious life, causing poverty and damaging the creation.

Human worth.

Though distorted by sin, the image of God remains the basis of the uniqueness, dignity, sanctity and equality of all persons without distinction. God loves and cares for all people in their cultural and ethnic diversity and has reached out in grace to save them through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, the Messiah uniquely appointed by God to bring the

blessing of salvation to the world. God took our human nature in Jesus Christ, who taught and modeled the new life of the kingdom of God to which he calls his disciples. In his death on the cross he took upon himself the sin of the world, bearing its full cost and penalty so that we are put right with God through his grace by faith in Christ alone. On the cross Jesus also entered into our suffering, defeated the powers of evil and accomplished the reconciliation of all creation. In his bodily resurrection he defeated death and became the forerunner of redeemed humanity. Through his ascension he is exalted as reigning Lord, and at his return he will execute God’s judgment, destroy Satan, evil and death, and establish the universal reign of God.

God the Holy Spirit.

The Bible testifies to the Holy Spirit’s activity both in creation and history, empowering action for liberation and justice. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and judgment, leads to faith and repentance and unites believers to Christ, making real in them what Jesus has accomplished. Through Christ, God’s Spirit is poured out on all believers enabling them to live in unity and to bear the fruit of holiness, Christ-likeness and practical obedience. The Spirit gives gifts and power to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel, discern truth, pray effectively and prevail over the forces of darkness.

The Church and God’s mission.

The Church stands in continuity with God’s people in the Old Testament, called through Abraham to be a light to the nations, shaped and taught through the law and the prophets to be a community of holiness, compassion and justice, and redeemed through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church exists to worship and glorify God for all eternity and is commissioned by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to participate in the transforming mission of God within history.

3. God commands us to love him with all our heart and soul and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Therefore we commit ourselves through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and in joyful obedience:

— to live as the community of reconciled sinners in unity, humility and sacrificial Christian love;

— to make known to all nations the gospel of God’s grace through his forgiveness in Christ, calling people to faith, repentance and discipleship;

— to demonstrate the values and the power of the kingdom of God, participating through suffering in Christ’s triumph over evil;

— to serve the needy with compassion, pursue justice and peace, and care for God’s creation.

*Statement adapted with permission from Tearfund (tearfund.org)