Community of Christ, Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center

Community of Christ, as a denomination, is organized geographically by Fields and Mission Centers. The Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center (what we refer to as GPNW) is one of five mission centers comprising the Western USA Field. Our mission center is made up of congregations, small groups, and “New Expressions” groups throughout Alaska, western and central Washington and western and central Oregon.

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Our Principles and Relationships

The GPNW Mission Center offers many opportunities for members, friends and seekers to come to know God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in a safe, sacred community with one another. As we deepen our understanding of our Enduring Principles and Mission Initiatives, we are also deepening our relationships with one another and with the Divine, who calls each of us to explore and engage in the mission of Jesus Christ, the Peaceful One. ALL are welcome!

Greater Pacific Northwest Congregations

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Enduring Principles

Grace and Generosity

  • God’s grace, especially as revealed in Jesus Christ, is generous and unconditional.
  • Having received God’s generous grace, we respond generously and graciously receive the generosity of others.
  • We offer all we are and have to God’s purposes as revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • We generously share our witness, resources, ministries, and sacraments according to our true capacity.

Sacredness of Creation

  • In the beginning, God created and called it all good.
  • Spirit and material, seen and unseen, are related.
  • Creation’s power to create or destroy reminds us of our vulnerability in this life.
  • God is still creating to fulfill divine purpose.
  • We join with God as stewards of care and hope for all creation.

Continuing Revelation

  • Scripture is an inspired and indispensable witness of human response to God’s revelation of divine nature.
  • God graciously reveals divine will today as in the past.
  • The Holy Spirit inspires and provides witness to divine truth.
  • In humility, individually and in community, we prayerfully listen to understand God’s will for our lives, the church, and creation more completely.

Worth of All Persons

  • God views all people as having inestimable and equal worth.
  • God wants all people to experience wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships.
  • We seek to uphold and restore the worth of all people individually and in community, challenging unjust systems that diminish human worth.
  • We join with Jesus Christ in bringing good news to the poor, sick, captive, and oppressed.

All Are Called

  • God graciously gives people gifts and opportunities to do good and to share in God’s purposes.
  • Jesus Christ invites people to follow him by becoming disciples who share his life and ministry.
  • Some disciples are called and ordained to particular priesthood responsibilities and ministries for the sake of the community, the congregation, and the world.
  • We respond faithfully, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to our best understanding of God’s call.

Responsible Choices

  • God gives humans the ability to make choices about whom or what they will serve. Some people experience conditions that diminish their ability to make choices.
  • Human choices contribute to good or evil in our lives and in the world.
  • Many aspects of creation need redemption because of irresponsible and sinful human choices.
  • We are called to make responsible choices within the circumstances of our lives that contribute to the purposes of God.

Pursuit of Peace (Shalom)

  • God wants shalom (justice, reconciliation, well-being, wholeness, and peace) for all of creation.
  • Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s shalom (peace), reveals the meaning of God’s peace in all aspects of life.
  • The vision of Zion is to promote God’s reign on earth, as proclaimed by Jesus Christ, through the leavening influence of just and peaceful communities.
  • We courageously and generously share the peace of Jesus Christ with others.
  • Led by the Holy Spirit, we work with God and others to restore peace (shalom) to creation.
  • We celebrate God’s peace wherever it appears or is being pursued by people of good will.

Unity in Diversity

  • Community of Christ is a diverse, international family of disciples, seekers, and congregations.
  • Local and worldwide ministries are interdependent and important to the church’s mission.
  • The church embraces diversity and unity through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • We seek agreement or common consent in important matters. If we cannot achieve agreement, we commit to ongoing dialogue and lovingly uphold our common faith in Jesus Christ and the mission of the church.
  • We confess that our lack of agreement on certain matters is hurtful to some of God's beloved children and creation.

Blessings of Community

  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is expressed best in community life where people become vulnerable to God’s grace and each other.
  • True community includes compassion for and solidarity with the poor, marginalized, and oppressed.
  • True community upholds the worth of persons while providing a healthy alternative to self-centeredness, isolation, and conformity
  • Sacred community provides nurture and growth opportunities for all people, especially those who cannot fully care for themselves.
  • We value our connections and share a strong sense of trust in and belonging with one another—even if we never have met.
  • Some disciples are called and ordained to particular priesthood responsibilities and ministries for the sake of the community, the congregation, and the world.
  • We are called to create communities of Christ’s peace in our families and congregations and across villages, tribes, nations, and throughout creation.

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Mission Initiatives

Inviting People to Christ

We are poised to share the peace of Jesus Christ with those who are waiting to hear the redeeming words of the gospel.

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we...

  • Baptize/Confirm Many New Members
  • Open New Congregations
  • Launch the Church in New Nations

Abolish Poverty, End Suffering

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we...

  • Help Those Who Hurt
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Support Compassionate Ministries
  • Respond in Times of Crisis

Pursue Peace on Earth

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we...

  • Establish the Temple as a Center to Promote Peacemaking throughout the World
  • Engage Children in Peacemaking around the World
  • Seek Justice, Create Peacemakers around the World
  • Unite with Others to Make Peace around the World

Develop Disciples to Serve

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we...

  • Help All Ages Deepen Their Discipleship
  • Empower Priesthood for Mission
  • Grow Pastors and Leaders for Mission
  • Train and Send Ministers for Mission throughout the World

Experience Congregations in Mission

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we...

  • Nurture Congregations of Christ’s Love and Peace
  • Experience God’s Presence through Worship
  • Become a People of Peace, Reconciliation, and Healing of the Spirit

Mission Center Leadership Team

Brooke Schlenker

Communications and Administrative Specialist

Ashley Whitham

Discipleship Formation Ministries

Jill Brunette

Membership Services Administrator

Donald Welch

Financial Officer

Kim Naten

Mission Center President

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Mission Center Council

Terry Weaver

Barry Lewis

Tom Webber

Cluster 4 Support Minister

Maria Keesee

Brenda Sargent

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Support Ministers

Susan Webber

Cluster 4 Support Minister

Pam Cress

Cluster 4 Support Minister

Rick Naten

Cluster 4 Support Minister

Dean Wight

Cluster 4 Evangelist

Kay Fletcher

Cluster 2 Support Minister

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