In. Of. For.
Village Church of East Atlanta had its first worship service in September of 2010 in the Brownwood Park Rec Center. We started with about twenty-five folks and a dream of planting a church that would become deeply interwoven into the life of the neighborhood.
We chose East Atlanta simply for one simple reason: we love it. In the early days we wrestled to articulate what it was we hoped to do and become. The phrase that emerged was this: Our desire is to be a church that is in, of, and for East Atlanta and her surrounding neighborhoods. We believe that the church is meant to be a blessing to whatever place it finds itself.
So what does that mean?
It means we long to be a community of people centered around and defined by the Story of Redemption recorded in the Christian Scriptures. It’s a story of creation, love, loss, betrayal, death, forgiveness, redemption, and new beginnings. We believe that the church plays a key role in that ongoing, unfolding story God is telling.
One hindrance people often have with the church is that Christians often put out the vibe that they have it all together, that they have something you need, and so come from a place of superiority or privilege. We believe that posture of self-righteousness contradicts the biblical story which describes the world as a place of great beauty and goodness that became deeply broken. We can all feel that brokenness both within ourselves and in the world around us. The gospel is the story of healing and reconciliation that God is bringing about in the world.
So what’s our reason for being?
To be a community of people who live in light of God’s redemptive story, knowing that he has loved and served us well, and calls us to love and serve our neighbors. Not much more than that.