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BLOOM IS A COLLECTION OF HOUSE CHURCHES THAT MEET THROUGHOUT THE GREATER DENVER AREA.
House Churches are communities of 10 to as many as 40 people which meet regularly for a meal, prayer, and mutual encouragement. They are one of the primary vehicles of our life together, and in them most if not all of our shared commitments find expression. House Churches will often host worship and prayer nights, frequently join together in service to the wider Bloom community and to the city in works of justice and mercy, and are always seeking to deepen their shared life together. They are beautiful, rich expressions of the body of Christ.
House Churches are led in community, consisting of co-leaders, a host, a coordinator, and often a leader-in-training. Every person seeking to become part of the Bloom community is encouraged to attend and eventually settle into a house church, becoming a contributing member. Many of our House Churches incorporate children, and those that do are indicated HERE.
House Churches are also clustered together in what we call “Sections.” Each Section of House Churches has a Section Leader who meets regularly with their House Church Leaders to see how things are going and also to cultivate a shared life in the Section itself, planning worship and prayer nights, social gatherings, and outreach events.
OUR VISION AND VALUES
The mission of Bloom is simple and straightforward: we desire to see the Kingdom of God "bloom" all over Denver, Colorado as people learn to take Jesus and his Story more seriously than any other thing.
What does that look like for us? In short, our dream as a community is to see God's future world begin to emerge here and now both by planting and cultivating a vibrant network of house churches where people can experience a deeply formative life together in the family of faith as well as by creating a rich liturgical space on Sunday nights where we can be drawn together into the mystery of Christ Jesus.
Our values both flow from and guide our dreams. They begin with a vision of God, and culminate with a vision of the kind of world God desires to see.
We value beauty because we think that God, the supreme source and ground of all Goodness, is beautiful (Ps 96:9). We think that our desire for and orientation towards beauty is in fact a desire and orientation towards God. We therefore celebrate beauty because we think that all beauty somehow testifies towards the Beautiful (God).
As our lives are increasingly oriented towards and drawn into God, they too become beautiful. Christ Jesus is the form of God's beauty, and as the Spirit's work in us is to bring us into the likeness of Jesus, so too our lives will take on an ever-increasing "divine aesthetics."
Christianity is inevitably communal. We believe that Jesus didn't come to write a book, but to start a community that would bear witness to his presence and work in all of life. To cling to him is to cling to his people. We therefore value community as intrinsic to the life of faith.
SACREDNESS OF WORK
The very first verb used in Scripture is "create" (Gen 1:1). God brings his beautiful order to the chaos and then calls human beings to share with him and continue his work (Gen 2:15). We believe that all human work is a deep expression of our image-of-Godness, and is an important expression of our "priestly" ministry to the world.
Justice is the name of what happens when "love your neighbor as yourself" becomes concrete. We stand with the prophets of ancient Israel in believing that God's dream is a world in which each human being is treated with the dignity proper to their being made in the image and likeness of God, and our desire is to seek creative ways to partner with God in seeing that dream come to fruition.
"Shalom" is the Hebrew word for "peace." It means something like everything in its place, flourishing as God intends. The arc of Scripture bends towards a vision of comprehensive, cosmic shalom, where the beauty of God is made manifest in all of life, for everything and everyone. Our living the way we have chosen to live is so that the shalom that is proper to God's future world would begin to take hold here and now.
Bloom is a community of people committed to the good news of Jesus Christ.
We believe what the global and historical Church has always held to be true: that in Jesus, God was and is healing his broken world. Together we hold out the good news of Jesus to all people until he returns, and God’s healing work is complete.
The local church is the practical result of this good news. Together we live in, celebrate, and extend to the world God’s healing love as we await God’s promise that all things lost and ruined by sin will be made new.
We gather as a total community for worship on Sunday evenings and in smaller groups in homes throughout the week (house churches).
Our life together is shaped by the following commitments:
We were made for worship. One day, the Scripture says, all nations will bow in worship at the feet of Jesus. Worship is where we are headed. We are committed to regular patterns of worship that gather us up as God’s people and remind us Who we belong to, sending us back out into the world full of the Spirit, eager to serve.
Worship. We were made for worship. One day, the Scripture says, all nations will bow in worship at the feet of Jesus. Worship is where we are headed. We are committed to regular patterns of worship that gather us up as God’s people and remind us Who we belong to, sending us back out into the world full of the Spirit, eager to serve.
The people of God are a praying people. Continually bringing themselves before the face of God, followers of Jesus enter into deep and satisfying communion with God, placing the world and its concerns in the light of his presence. We are committed to regular patterns of prayer, both corporately and individually, that place us before the face of God and the world in the light of his presence.
The local church is referred to as “the body of Christ” in which “each part belongs to all the others.” The good news of Jesus creates a people who share life together as a foretaste of what God intends for the whole world. We are committed to the joy and discipline of
a shared life together, refusing our culture’s obsession with individuality, ever opening our lives and hearts to each other in fresh ways.
The community of faith’s shared life is intended to open up, to fan out, and to draw in others to taste and see that the Lord is good. Those who do not yet know Jesus are the particular focus of the local church’s hospitality. We are committed to a life of hospitable friendship with those who are far off, that they too may experience the good news of the reconciling love of Jesus.
Each person called to friendship with Christ is commissioned to a life of service with him. Our gifts, talents, and energies are to be used for the good others to help build up justice, peace, and love both in the church and in the world. Within this life of service, Christianity calls us to a particular focus on the poor, the overlooked, the marginalized, and the oppressed. We are committed to a life of creative and courageous service wherever God places us, that the light of God’s kingdom would shine in the darkness.
To follow Christ is to place all of our life, including our possessions, at his disposal. Together with him, we seek to use our resources joyfully and generously for the good of others. We are committed to a life of generosity, contributing each as we are able both to the ministry of the local church and to those people and causes to which God may lead us.
To be part of Bloom is to enter into this way of life with us. We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday, or to visit one of our house churches. You can also email us with any questions.