Real Life on the Palouse has had several connections to Missoula: history with a church in the area, several of Real Life’s staff had once lived there, and a partner ministry is expanding to Missoula. So, when the Missoula area church decided to close down, the decision to launch a new church plant was made.
Missoula is an amazing area with great people and environment. It also has a lot of struggles and a lack of churches. We believe that churches are one of the most powerful catalysts of change in our society. It is a community of people united by a common story to restore all of creation.
Our heart is to birth a church where all people can feel safe and welcome, where all people are invited to live in mission, and where we create disciples of Jesus who inspire others to do the same. We want to be a church that serves our city and builds relationships with others. We want to invite people in to the freeing and empowering light of God’s love and purpose for the world. No matter where you are on the spectrum, if this is something that intrigues you, we would love for you to join us.
Two good first steps would be to either join a CARE Group (a community where we share and serve each other) or attend a Vision Night (dates to come) to investigate more.
Here’s what we’re all about:
A movement of diverse people living out God’s sacrificial love.
Raising biblical disciples who develop transparent relationships, sacrifice for others, and heal divisions.
Authenticity: Vulnerability and honesty, both as individuals and a corporate body, will be core to our identity. Without vulnerability, growth is handicapped, trust is lost, and dysfunction is fostered. We are okay with not being okay. (1 John 1:7-9)
Service: God’s Church is meant to be a people of love and good works. We will be generous. We will serve. We will sacrifice. We will love our neighbor. (Matthew 5:16, Matthew 22:36-40, Hebrews 10:24).
Unity in Diversity: The Church is a unity of different members, loving each other and working together for a greater purpose. Everyone has a voice and a role. We will build a community of people from different perspectives, ethnics, politics, and socio-economic standings. (Ephesians 4:1-13)
Family: The primary metaphor for the Church in the New Testament is that of family. The entirety of the Biblical narrative is relationally driven and seeks to bring peace between peoples. We will fight for relationships over anything else to build a healthy community. (Galatians 3:25-28; 4:5-7)
Roughly Right: God has used imperfect people, with imperfect methods, and imperfect theology. While this is no excuse for compromise, we also will embrace the fact that we will make mistakes and get things wrong. We value doing the best we can, but we won’t allow imperfections to prevent us from moving forward with God’s mission. (Hebrews 11-12:3)