Philosophy

We believe that true and lasting change does not occur from the top down or from the outside in. And since the most effective communication is always one on one, a few individuals at the top of large organizations, controlling operations and resources over wide areas can’t do what small groups, deeply embedded in local communities can do.

True and lasting change comes from the bottom up and from the inside out, from the grassroots efforts of many people affecting others one on one, or in small group settings. A vast network of small organizations could transform society in a way governmental or other global controls will never touch.

Faith

theeffect is always working to remain intimate and relational, preserving the ability to work directly with people in their daily lives–to be a grassroots movement toward connection within the community. We recognize the conflict of interest that comes with the accumulation of assets and real estate, so we wish to own as little as possible and to have our assets continually moving through to the people we serve rather than stored in accounts or real property.

We need facilities in which to operate, but we look for ways to partner with other organizations or individuals to make creative use of space that doesn’t involve huge expenditures. We need cash to operate, but we raise that money for specific and immediate purposes that would allow the assets to always be in motion, just as God’s spirit is always in motion.

We rededicate ourselves to these principles every day, so as not to fall into the trap of accumulating wealth for its own sake rather than for what it can do in our hands to improve the lives of others.

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.

 

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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational,professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.

 

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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events. We maintain a food pantry for those needing more support, a recovery worship gathering, and child care for those with little ones.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and our Recovery gathering on Tuesdays at 7PM. Both gatherings include worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. See our monthly calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.

 

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