Every church has a story and a beginning, Rooted is no exception to that. Below you'll find some information about the story that God has written for Rooted. We invite you to get to know us and make much of Jesus with us.
//How Rooted came to exist
In 2020 it became clear that meeting together in person was a vital role of the church. Like every other believer in a pandemic, we longed for community. A small group of individuals began to meet together and seek God in prayer for what may be ahead. He began to make it clear that He was leading us toward a church plant. He began laying the foundation of a body of believers that would serve, worship and do life together and He has faithfully answered prayer after prayer to allow us to continue in faith. We are so thankful for the way that He has met every need.
//plurality of leadership, plurality of teaching, mostly volunteer run, rest Sundays, corporate prayer
We believe that plurality of leadership creates an environment with checks and balances that keep us in submission and humility to each other and God. We have a truly elder-led congregation where there is an elder board consisting of eight men that are living in obedience to 1 Timothy 3:1-7. We believe that Jesus is the head of the church and do not promote one man to be the head person.
We believe that plurality of teaching is a part of the obedience to 1 Timothy 3:2. There is a team of elders that regularly preach on Sunday mornings. To help with continuity, they are committed to teaching through books of the Bible together and meet weekly to study, plan and prepare.
We are committed to prayer both as a personal, spiritual practice and also as a body. Every Sunday during the service we break into small groups and spend time in prayer. During this time we are given a prayer topic and spend five minutes praying to God together. If you are visiting we would love for you to join in, but there is no pressure if you don’t feel comfortable.
We are a mostly volunteer run church on purpose. This means we don’t have paid pastors or ministry directors. We do have a part-time paid administrative position to assist with moving the day-to-day operations of the church along. We do not believe paid ministry is wrong, but we wanted something different for Rooted. Committing to this allows for some very beneficial things. It allows us to spend minimal time focused on the business of church. It allows more opportunity for members of the body to get involved and use their gifts. It allows us to be generous with our finances. Lastly, it keeps us simple in our ministry structure and focused on doing a few things well.
This designated sabbath falls on every fifth Sunday of the month - happening four times per calendar year. On those Sundays we do not have a corporate gathering. The heart and vision for doing this is to promote three things in the life of the church - rest, trust and unity. We believe all believers should practice rhythms of rest and corporately we want to give rest to those that faithfully serve on Sunday morning (this comprises anywhere from 20%-25% of our congregation each week). We believe that Rooted church is more than a Sunday Service and that the work of the church is carried by the Holy Spirit. On Rest Sunday we are reminded to trust that this is God’s work, not ours. We believe that we are “a church” and part of “the Church.” We encourage those that attend Rooted to go and enjoy worshiping God with other believers in our city.