Who We Are

 

There are lots of people who like Jesus...but not church. And lots of churches don’t look very much like Jesus.

So we asked the question, What if we started a church that looked and lived and loved like Jesus? What if we started a church for the rest of us?

StoryHouse is a church for the rest of us. We believe the way of Jesus is a way of love, inclusion, generosity, peacemaking, and creativity.

 

What We Believe

 

We don’t claim to have all the answers. But we hope to ask the right questions. Here are the beliefs and ideas that animate us, inspire us, and sustain us:

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God is a community of one - Father, Son, and Spirit in an eternal dance of self-giving love.

What is God like? God is like Jesus. God has always been like Jesus. Jesus reveals who God is and what God is like. We didn’t always know this. But now we do.

Creation is good and beautiful but broken. History is messy and tragic but headed somewhere.

God is putting everything back together - renewing, restoring, and reconciling all things.

The gospel is the good news that Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah, is Lord. This good news is beautiful, radical, expansive, and subversive.

The kingdom of God is God’s loving, healing, rescuing reign, launched by Jesus on earth as in heaven.

Salvation is God rescuing, judging, and healing all creation. We experience this salvation and enter God’s kingdom by trusting Jesus. Then we join God in the renewal of all things.

The church is a community, a family, a movement. We are the church. God rescues us and wants to rescue the world through us.

The way of Jesus is the way of love, inclusion, generosity, peacemaking, and creativity.

The Bible is God’s story and our story, from Israel to the early church to us. We don’t just read the story or study the story. We live the story.

Faith is not the absence of doubt. It’s the presence of trust. Faith and doubt are not enemies. They’re dance partners.

All truth is God’s truth. All beauty is God’s beauty. We celebrate art, music, and science as good gifts from a good God.

God is throwing a party and everybody is invited. Everybody. We seek to welcome and include everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, education, mental or physical capacity, marital status, or socioeconomic background.

The future is full of possibilities, promise, and potential. In Jesus, God’s future has crashed into the present. We get to live that future here and now.

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Our language has been inspired by many friends, including N. T. Wright, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Brian Zahnd, Rachel Held Evans, Bruxy Cavey, Larycia Hawkins, Rob Bell, Diana Butler Bass, Jonathan Martin, Bree Newsome, Shane Claiborne, Idelette McVicker, and Ryan Meeks. We are deeply grateful for their lives and their work.

 

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If you’re wondering about orthodoxy (“right belief”) and orthopraxy (“right practice”), we believe what Jesus believed and try to live like he lived:

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
holy is your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into trials but rescue us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours, forever.


 
 

And we believe what the apostles, the first followers of Jesus, believed:

 

The Apostles’ Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
And born of the Virgin Mary.
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.