Warehouse has organized itself around community. Our small groups, our family ministries, our Kids Warehouse and our leaders all desire to foster authentic relationships with others and truer connections with God. We long for this to be so. However, it may feel risky to get to know people. And at times we will certainly fail you as a community. So, we ask for grace on the front end and pray for forgiveness en route and encourage you to join us, just as you are.
We may think we can handle it for a time. We manage our loneliness. We pride ourselves in our self-sufficiency. We see how long we can outlast isolation.
But as many times we vow not to trust again, not to let people in like the last time, not be hurt anymore, we can’t help wanting to be connected to others. Something in us desires to be known. And—if we dare admit it – we long to be loved. Our human experience is less than human without relationships. We at Warehouse are committed to being a relational community.
But we are far from relational gurus. We’ve been hurt, and we’ve screwed up friendships. What gives us our direction—and conviction-that community matters is God. We believe that our ache for relationship not only tells us about ourselves, it reveals God’s nature. God is relational to the core. The very essence and mystery of God is that the Divine lives as Father, Son and Spirit. Not only does God live in Community, the Father sacrificed His very Son to bring us into true relationship with Himself. His extravagant pursuit of relationship with us give us hope that we are to pursue relationships with each other.
So our intent is to connect. We gather relationally because we value deep and meaningful relationships. We gather formationally because we value devotional opportunities where we are formed into the image of Jesus. We gather missionally because we value an intentional lifestyle of service, justice and mission.