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Missional Communities

UPC is composed of numerous kingdom communities that embrace a particular mission and then share life together in rhythms and practices that Shares Hope in and through the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Lawrence Adjah Visit

Join us May 19-22 as we welcome entrepreneur, community developer, and business advisor Lawrence Adjah, founder of Our Family Dinner. Lawrence's work focuses around improving the well-being of individuals by fostering conversations and building communities around the dinner table, targeting professionals and young adults in big cities around the U.S. who might otherwise feel isolated and alone. To read more about Lawrence and his mission, visit his website.

If you are looking to start a missional community at UPC, are a young adult in the congregation, or are simply looking for practical tools to grow a sense of family in your own community, you won't want to miss this opportunity! See below for opportunities to hear and train with Lawrence Adjah.
 

Saturday, May 20th, 10-12pm
Geneva A

Lawrence will lead a time of both personal sharing and group discussion to inspire and challenge members of the congregation who are interested in creatively engaging their neighbors. This event is an open invitation to all members of the UPC community. All missional community or ministry leaders are encouraged to attend. 
 

Sunday, May 21st, All Services
UPC Sanctuary
Hear Lawrence speak during any of these UPC Sunday Services - 8:30am, 10am, 11:45am, 5pm. 

 

Journey to the Tangible Kingdom

 After his resurrection, Jesus "showed up" among his disciples and set before them this mission: "As the Father has sent me, I am now sending you" (John 20:21). The Father sent Jesus: mission accomplished. Jesus sends his church: mission in process. Jesus is sending us, his Church, into the world as an "incarnational community." What does that mean? It means living on mission together—engaging the lives of our neighbors in ways that make God’s Kingdom of love and  hope tangible. That's the adventure of following Jesus that we get to live. Becoming an incarnational community is the focus of this new five-episode online curriculum at your own pace, with your small group, big group, or on your own. Intrigued? Join in.

Take the Journey.  

 

Tangible Kingdom Villages 

TK Villages are incarnational communities—neighborhood-based or network-based communities (e.g. men's/women's networks, young adults, co-workers, etc.) that share kingdom life in specific rhythms and practices of becoming, belonging, and blessing that reach out to their "neighbors" with the hope of Jesus Christ.

 

The Incubator

A monthly "laboratory" for incarnational community practitioners to design missional "experiments," share stories, resources, encouragement, and to get some practical coaching. Meets the first Sunday of every month in Baker House.

Contact Ken Kierstead for more information on Missional Communities at UPC.