Cistern Church began with a desire to be a church that radically leads, gathers, and lives the way Jesus and the early church modeled for us. Our desire is to be unashamedly biblical, purposefully simple, and understandably relevant to all.
The Church is a people, not a place. We are an organism, not an organization.
We are in continual pursuit of becoming who God originally intended us to be. We believe it is Jesus who builds his Church. We, who have already experienced the life giving gospel of Jesus, get to go on mission with Him to share the good news that Jesus saves sinners.
In our pursuit of following the model of the early church, we will pursue these 3 areas of ministry: Worship
Gathering, House Church, and Ministry Partnerships.
The early church gathered in large numbers (1 Corinthians 11:18; 1 Corinthians 14:23) on Sundays (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2 ) to listen to the apostle’s teachings (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 4:2), to worship Jesus (Ephesians 5:19), and to pray together (1 Corinthians 14:16 ). We gather together corporately as they did. Our goal is to mirror Christ’s teachings and look like the early church did when they gathered; simple, authentic and intimate. Our teaching is scriptural and our worship is Christ centered.
We plan on launching these weekly gatherings in September 2018.
The church we read about in scripture lived in powerful and intimate community. While there are incredible stories in Acts about the church gathering by the 1000’s, we also read about how they followed Jesus’ example of living life together by the dozens. We see multiple times in Paul’s letters that he sends greetings “to ________, and the church that meets in their
house.” (Colossians 4:15; Romans 16:3-5; Philippians 1:2). So we call these smaller gatherings House Churches. House Churches are the primary vehicle for discipleship and community. This is also where people will be known by others and keeps our community intimate and organic, no matter how large we get.
House Churches meet geographically. We encourage you to be a part of the house church located closest to your home. You don’t typically get to chose your neighbors. Because of this House churches also meet cross-generationally and cross-culturally.
People who follow Jesus give their lives away to serve others. Jesus did that and we want to challenge one another to give our lives to things that matter, both now and forever. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel and start ministries from scratch within the “walls” of Cistern church, we want to come along side already existing gospel-centered ministries and partner with them. This includes not only giving financial support, but giving our time and energy. We don’t just want to send money, we also want to send our people. We value the idea of simplicity
for the sake of generosity. We will program what is necessary and partner whenever possible. We currently give away 10% of offerings to our ministry partners and hope to increase that percentage as we grow.
A cistern is an artificial water storage system. It’s artificial in that it’s man made and not naturally occurring. It’s like a well, but it doesn’t produce any water on it’s own. It is filled when it rains and storms, or when other natural bodies of water overflow. In short, it relies on an act of God to be filled. When a cistern is filled, it is then useful for the distribution of water to those who need it. In the same way we, as a people, as a church, don’t have an innate source of life and love that we can be filled with. God gave us life through his Son Jesus and filled us with His spirit. Just like a Cistern, we have a purpose and a reason for being filled. We get to take this good news of life and love to a world that needs it. We are at our best when we are continually being filled and poured out for the sake of the gospel where we live, work and play.
The call is clarified for the Ramos family to plant a new church.
Continue meeting weekly as a House Church in our living room. These early meetings are focused on building connections, clarifying mission and praying with anticipation for God’s Spirit to empower us as a community to fulfill his mission.
Multiply into multiple House Churches all over our target area. These groups will be embodying our DNA as a community and executing our mission in a decentralized way. We will seek out a location to begin worshipping together on the first Sunday of each month
We will ensure that our leadership teams and House Churches are trained and ready for continued discipleship after public launch.
9/9/18 – Proposed launch of our weekly worship services.