New Wine Collective

New Wine Collective: White Paper

New Wine Collective: White Paper

People are longing for deeper spiritual and relational connection. We want to do more than just sit and watch church. We want to be seen and heard... Many of us sense there must be a better way of following Jesus in the world and want to participate in shaping that new future in community with others! However, the status quo of top-down consumer-driven Christianity has left many of us feeling dissatisfied, bored, and burnt out–or simply, left out.

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Rethinking Church Part 5: Church Business

Our discipleship model is often just our business model in disguise. If we change the business model, we change the Church. And if we change the Church, we change the world.

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The Future of Spirituality

Authentic spirituality is a journey that continually expands, integrates, and includes. Therefore, we must create a more flexible "open architecture" for church and spirituality that empowers people to grow and learn from a diversity of voices, traditions, and experiences.

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Rethinking Church Part 4: Beyond Belief

The core of discipleship has always been the practice of love. In other words, if it’s not loving, it’s not Christian. How did we lose sight of this?

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Rethinking Church Part 3: Empowerment

It’s about empowerment and mutual connection, not hierarchy and control; distributing power, instead of hoarding it. In other words, we’re not trying to build a platform for ourselves so that everyone will have to listen to what we say. We’re building a platform for *you*, and for friends and neighbors, for connectors and content creators, and for anyone willing to come together around common values. The goal is conversation, not conversions.

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Rethinking Church Part 2: Love First

We’re reimagining church from the ground up, based on a simple foundational premise: Love is what matters most. And if love is what matters most, then anyone can do church! You don’t need someone’s permission. You don’t need a degree, a title, or special qualifications. You don’t need to belong to the right group or even believe the right beliefs. Jesus never seemed to care much about any of these things.

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Rethinking Church Part 1: Why?

Throughout my 25+ year ministry career, I’ve worn almost every hat there is. I enjoyed my work and like to think I was pretty good at my job! But this year, I made the difficult decision to step outside the familiar territory of church as I’ve known it. Why? Because I believe we need to do better. I long for the Church to *be* better. And sometimes in order to move forward we must first go back and start at the beginning again.

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A Question About Hierarchy In the Church

Most of us can't imagine a practice of Christianity that isn't top-down, hierarchical, and dependent on people in power. But I believe the Scriptures make a strong case for something very different!

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Worldly Empire vs. God’s Kingdom

God’s invitation is to live into a new alternative reality– God’s Kingdom on earth. But worldly empire can be so deeply embedded in our operating systems and structures, we can barely recognize it. It can be obvious when we observe outright abuses of power and oppression of others. But can we recognize empire when it’s more subtle? Or within ourselves? Or even hiding in plain sight?

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Our Name & Logo

New Wine represents the radically new spirituality Christ embodied that transcended and challenged the religious structures of his day. New wine requires new wineskins– new forms and practices that serve as containers for a new way of relating to God, to one another, and to the world.

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June 2020: Time for Justice, Time for Change

It has been a heavy and tumultuous month. We are clearly living through a time of significant upheaval and change. But some changes have been long overdue. Systemic racism and injustice have been embedded in our culture for centuries. Black and brown communities have always been aware of it. Now it seems like the rest of society is merely starting to catch up!

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