Formissional Community: a way of life that occurs when circles of friends Live as Family, on mission for their neighbors, being formed as disciples in the process.
Formissional Community is the way UPC talks about what it means to be a healthy follower of Jesus. We believe FC is the strategy Jesus uses to transform lives and to transform the world. We learn by doing, and we grow by going. Nothing will change our lives more that seeing God change someone else's.
Formissional Community is three parts of the Christian life all working in tandem:
Formation as Disciples, Mission for Neighbors, Community like Family
How can I start a Formissional Community?
If you feel called to a neighborhood that isn’t currently on our Map of Formissional Communities, here’s how you can get started.
Steps to Formissional Community
Identify a neighborhood
Circle with friends in that neighborhood
Start living like family with neighbors
Join the Formissional Community Leadership Cohort
Second Tuesdays, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, 6:30-8:30pm, Calvin
If you are interested in starting a Formissional Community or are already leading one, you are invited to join a leadership cohort designed to provide support and equipping.
This cohort is open to anyone who is interested in Formissional Community to learn more and is required for recognized UPC Formissional Community leaders.
To join the cohort, contact Polly: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Formissional Communities Interest Meeting
Second Sundays, Feb 9, March 15, May 10, 10am & 11:30am, Geneva B
Connect with an emerging Formissional Community in your neighborhood! Each month, we will have a Sunday for new FCs to gather around the table, do some planning, and meet others who share the same neighborhood. Check outside the door to see the list of neighborhoods and come on in!
If you are ready to join an established Formissional Community, come Join! Look over the list of active Formissional Communities below and choose where you’d like to get involved. Email the listed contact for your group to get more information about how you can get involved.
Are you a programmer who wants to serve others through technology? Join with others who want to develop apps and participate in hackathons. This group meets every Monday evening from 6–9pm to share meals, code and pray together. Thomas Tang, email@example.com
Are you a college student or feel called to love and serve the university? Come learn about ways to engage the campus. For college students,meet other students and find ways to get plugged in and serve. For adults, learn about opportunities to serve as Core Group leaders. Mike McEvoy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you passionate about global missions? Interested to gather with others who are called to our global neighbors? Come and partner with UPC’s global missions through prayer, relationship, and service. Linda Quist; Ken Sunoo, email@example.com
International Students & Scholars
Discover ways to serve, learn, and grow with this community. Ministry with Internationals is where you will discover World Relief Good Neighbor Teams (working with refugees); Global Friends, providing dinner and deeper relationships; and the Language Institute bringing English language learning for all levels. Ken Sunoo; Valerie Giesbrecht, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you an American or International undergrad looking to love and serve? Visit the International Friendship House (IFH) UPC’s residential home for international students and get plugged in through weekly dinners. IFH: 4727 16th Ave NE. Sophia Wang, email@example.com *This group is open only to undergraduate students.
Are you a middle schooler? Do you want to explore what it would look like to love your classmates and friends the way Jesus loves them? Come to a JOIN group just for you! Bianca Quezada, firstname.lastname@example.org *This group is only open to middle school students.
Mothers of Preschoolers
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets on Tuesday mornings at UPC for a time of fellowship while their children ages 0–5 attend childcare. Discover more about this community and get involved (member or supporter). Serving opportunities include childcare, mentoring moms, speaking opportunities, and prayer support. Kim Sahlin, email@example.com
Music in Worship
If you are a musician, either vocal or instrumental, God may be calling you to join one of three formissional communities that minister in music at UPC. Come to hear stories and details about Gospel Choir, Cathedral Choir, and Contemporary Worship Musicians. David Gardner; Zawadi Morrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Come learn about ways to engage with our neighborhood street youth through Street Youth Ministries. There are a variety of ways to love this community! Kate Philips, email@example.com
Gather with others who are interested in loving and serving young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Learn about upcoming UPC Young Adult gatherings and ways for you—and your friends and coworkers—to get plugged in to community! Polly Yorioka; Alex Mitu, firstname.lastname@example.org
The emerging communities listed below have met the following criteria and are actively working to grow a community in their neighborhood: 1) Know their neighborhood, 2) Have identified leaders, 3) Have a minimum of five people involved, 4) Have registered, 5) Have met with Polly
Malathi Michael, email@example.com
Joshua Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica & Keith Cottrill, email@example.com
Music for the Homebound
Caicai Wu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Trains Community
Meets every 3rd Thursday (Feb-May, Oct- Dec) Contact: Rod, email@example.com
START a Formissional Community
If you want to explore starting a Formissional Community in your neighborhood or you have a small group that would like to consider becoming a Formissional Community, you are invited click the button below to contact Polly for more information and to get the process started.
START a Formissional Community