Names are important and we have chosen ours prayerfully and purposefully. We have chosen Community of the Way as our name because:
- In the Scriptures, we are told that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and our community seeks to follow this Way.
- The first name for the earliest Christians was People of the Way, and we wish to identify with them, and not only with them, but with all believers who have sought out Jesus across time, culture, and geography.
- We recognize that the life of faith is a process and a journey. As the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, understood it, we are pilgrims on the way. Each one of us is in a different place along the way, experiencing unique blessings and unique challenges. In this lifetime, none of us who commit to Jesus ever “arrive”. We are always on a journey for deeper intimacy with God and greater growth into Christ-likeness. Each of our journeys with Christ is unique, based on our wiring, previous experience of faith, and various life circumstances.
- We believe that it is better to seek the Way with companions. We desire to walk with people who are searching for the Way and those already on it. We wish to walk along side those who while not yet putting their ultimate trust and faith in Jesus are intrigued by His way of life and His compassion for the people around Him. We also desire to walk along side those who have made a commitment to Him and have been baptized – whether years ago or very recently – and desire to go deeper in discipleship and spiritual formation.
- The Christian faith is not just assent to a set of beliefs, but a way of viewing the world and a way of living in the world. It is a way of the Cross – a life of sacrifice and service. It is a way of devotion, transformation, vocation, re-creation, compassion, and reconciliation. We would like to cultivate this way of life individually and corporately.