Who are we and why do we exist?

We believe we stand in a new moment, a new reformation perhaps, which focuses on Jesus at the centre as the revelation of who God is, as the inspiration for how we live and lead, and as the giver of the Spirit who guides and empowers us.

At Jesus Collective we exist to amplify this movement, provide resource and relationship for those who choose to participate in a more hopeful Jesus-centered Christianity.

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Featured Resources

Jesus Collective creates resources to fuel the Jesus-centred movement and provide vision for a more hopeful and relevant vision of Jesus (or Christianity) in this cultural moment. These resources bring greater attention to this movement within the broader sweep of Christendom and equip Partners and Friends to share resources that can introduce more people to this unfolding movement — of a more hopeful Christian expression centred on Jesus.

2022 Annual Report: Check out our annual report for a chance to celebrate some highlights from the last year and look to the exciting possibilities ahead.

Sermon Series Guide — 5 Markers of Jesus Centred Transformation: We believe these 5 Markers are relevant resources for navigating the pain points of our cultural moment with a greater relevancy of Jesus. We’ve developed a sermon series guide to use on Sunday mornings, in small groups, or other discipleship conversations. Feel free to access this resource (below) and share them broadly within your networks as a way to amplify the Jesus-Centred movement unfolding in our time. Check out our podcast series Markers for a Jesus-Centred Transformation.

Centered-Set Church — Bring the centered approach to your church or community with this five-part video series and discussion guide.

Phyllis Tickle once suggested that every 500 years or so, Christianity goes through an upheaval. These upheavals happen because the old answers no longer hold true for a large number of people, and the church at large has to re-explore and recontextualize to meet new cultural moments with the relevancy of Jesus.

Below are Five Markers for a Jesus-Centred Transformation that we believe are a result of the Spirit’s movement in this new moment. We are seeking to deepen and apply these markers to our Kingdom work in creative hope-filled ways.

You can also listen to our introductory podcast episode where we unpack these 5 Markers and apply them to our secular age – listen to the podcast What are the markers with Meghan Larissa Good.

A Different Way of Reading Scripture 

  • Theological contrast: The truth about God is averaged from portraits across the Bible. Jesus is God’s soft side” but not the exact representation of God. Every verse in the Bible carries equal authoritative weight. An idea is biblical” if you can find a verse anywhere that seems to support it.
  • Secular contrast: The Bible is outdated, supports violence and oppression, and is anti-science. There is no way to know the truth about God or ultimate Reality. There is no way to arbitrate between conflicting, private intuitions about good and evil, right and wrong.

Listen to the podcast.

A Bigger Gospel 

  • Theological contrast: God is only interested in saving souls, not creation itself. Christian faith is mostly about consenting to the right ideas. Jesus is Savior from the world but not Lord of life within it. We are saved only as individuals and the church is incidental. 
  • Secular contrast: Religion is private matter, only within the hearts of individuals. There is no authority outside of myself. The only salvation is the self-help kind. The highest good is individual freedom or self-expression rather than a beloved community.

Listen to the podcast.

A New Relationship with Power

  • Theological contrast: Christendom — we try to make the world better by compelling others through force to live like Christians, regardless of what they believe. We build God’s kingdom when we exercise power over others to bend them to our perception of God’s desires. 
  • Secular contrast: History is a highly polarized power-competition where everyone tries to seize control at the highest levels and impose their will on others. The ends justify the means. The only sort of power that exists is power over others.

Listen to the podcast.

A Clarified Mission and a Fresh Empowerment 

  • Theological contrast: Disconnection between love of God and neighbor. Jesus makes us right with God but has little to say about human relationships or human systems. Or, alternatively, we reconcile the world under our own strength and power. Jesus is an inspiration for our work but little more. Christianity as a moral enterprise but emptied of its spiritual power. 
  • Secular contrast: Teaching the ideals of liberalism’ will allow everyone to tolerate each other across vast disagreement. Everything will work out if we can just get those people” who are the problem out of the way. The world is without God’s activity or any power but the human sort.

Listen to the podcast.

A New Approach to Disagreement 

  • Theological contrast: Endless fracturing in churches and denominations where everyone must agree on nearly everything to worship or do mission together. A spirit of judgmentalism. Fuzziness in which a community sticks together due to history or relationship but without any common mission or purpose or shared faith identity.
  • Secular contrast: Full inclusion in the group requires strict purity tests. Failure to subscribe to any one piece of current orthodoxy” can result in exclusion or splintering.

Listen to the podcast.

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