OAQ #4: What Will It Feel Like?
OAQ (Occasionally Asked Questions) is a series of posts meant to answer some of the most common questions we receive when we tell people about Trinity Kenya. Though they aren’t asked frequently enough for an FAQ, we thought an OAQ might be nice.
This question is somewhat of a cousin to the question two weeks ago, “Who is the church for?” When people ask questions like this, they are trying to picture this church in their minds. Is it the kind of place they would like to visit? Does it correlate with some church experience they’ve had, or is it something completely different?
The “feel” of a church, however, is a bit of a fluid thing. A church is made up of people, and the church community should, at some level, take on the flavor of those people. But what flavor of church will we have on day one?
Initially, the church will “feel” like our leadership, and the people we’ve made relationship with in Nakuru. Some have church backgrounds, others don’t. They come from all over the world, all walks of life, and they are here for a variety of different reasons.
In many ways, the church will be similar to what you might find in many cities and towns across the western world. Our expression will primarily be more modern in nature, with a worship band, a casual atmosphere, and a non-judgemental, grace-filled culture. However, as the church begins to grow and incorporate a wider diversity of people, we look forward to embracing the very best of ancient and modern church traditions from across the spectrum of the Global Church.
The unique nature of this church (and the fact that there are no similar churches in Nakuru) make it likely that we will be home to people not only from many different countries, but also many denominations and church traditions (as well as no church background at all). This diverse group of people will come to Trinity to find a place of commonality, but will bring with them a host of differences. We want to embrace the ways in which we are the same, but also to celebrate the joy of differentiation, and the vibrance it will bring to our community.
As such, we will intentionally “cast a large net” in the community. Rather than a long, detailed, narrow set of beliefs, we choose to focus on a few essentials, and beyond those, to allow room for different opinions, practices, and theological approaches which could be considered non-central and/or disputable. We’ve taken to the term “multi-theological” to describe this approach.
In short, Trinity Vineyard Church will be multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-theological – a place where individuals are embraced and encouraged to work out their relationship with God and others within the context of a loving community.