By Edwin Vargas
It was the sunny Sabbath afternoon before Easter and had been a year in the making.
Ten leaders from the Remix Adventist Church had been meeting for over a year dreaming and planning the launch of a new church in the Portland area. We were convinced that Portland didn't need another church, but rather another type of church. A church where the main goal is to better love the people of Portland. To love them with all the beauty of the city, its hurts, and its complexities. We believe God has called all of us to love all peoples–regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, spoken language, or age–just like Jesus did.
We’re praying that by experiencing genuine love, people in Portland can connect with God, grow in community, and join us in serving others.
After lots of planning, training, and fundraising, we launched our public worship service that Sabbath afternoon just before Easter, with more than 80 people coming together to celebrate what we believe was born in the heart of God: Gather & Scatter Adventist Church.
The name is reflective of the culture that we want to develop. We believe it is important to gather to worship our Creator, to celebrate what He has done, and cast a gospel-filled vision of a better future for our city and faith community! We believe that gathering is as important as scattering throughout the week to love the city through ministry.
In order to do that, we have launched partnerships with transition homes for youth, anti-sex trafficking initiatives, Amnesty International, and other service organizations. We have launched a young adult ministry, community service team, creative worship team, children's and teen ministries, a hospitality ministry, and an intentional discipleship ministry.
We love seeing how the Spirit of God works through such a diverse group of people with more than 10 nationalities represented at Gather & Scatter. We believe God is strategically positioning us to reach young adults in a diverse context and in an urban setting.
We will soon be celebrating baptisms as the fruit of the work that God has been doing within the church-plant team. As a pastor, I couldn't be more proud of this amazing group of leaders that have taken Jesus’ Great Commission seriously.To learn more about Gather & Scatter and get to know their leaders, make sure to visit our website or social media pages: www.gatherandscatter.org, https://www.facebook.com/gatherandscatter, and https://www.instagram.com/gatherandscatter/