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Every body of believers shares a common call of becoming the Body of Christ with Jesus, Himself, as the head authority. Every body of believers also shares a unique call, particular to time and place.

We believe that God has called TGC Williamsburg to a specific vision and mission.

Our vision is In Brooklyn as it is in Heaven.

Our mission is to be

Transformed by the love of God

Practicing the way of Jesus

For the renewal of the City

We practically live that out within our Three Pillars: Formative Encounter, Merciful Presence and Pilgrim Community.


FORMATIVE ENCOUNTER

Experiencing the power of the Spirit, being formed into the image of Christ

1 Thessalonians 1:1-8

What is actually happening when the church gathers together?  We believe God’s promise:  His presence is with His people.  We gather together to worship, to pray, to give and receive teaching, to break bread, and through it all, to encounter a living, active God.  

Our communal worship is for the shared purpose of counter-formation and divine encounter.  Moving along the lines of the Gospel story, we are formed by awareness of our need and God’s grace, but there is more than just information transfer.  It is the power of the Holy Spirit that brings this story to life, making it a revelation in our hearts.  When the church seeks God, the space between heaven and earth becomes thin, the voice of God becomes clear, and the experience of His love, grace, and freedom become our felt reality.  The power of the Spirit is never an end in itself, though.  The purpose is formation.  We encounter the power of the Spirit, so we can be formed into the image of Christ for the renewal of the world.


MERCIFUL PRESENCE

Responding to injustice with mercy and compassion

Isaiah 58:1-10

The beauty of the Gospel is that it is the only story big enough to make sense of life’s complexity and simple enough to be expressed through acts of mercy.  The church is called the Body of Christ, a living expression of Jesus in the world.  We express God’s heart by welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoner, noticing the forgotten, and serving the orphan and widow in distress.

It is our hope to be a community that tells a cosmic story big enough to make sense of life, but lives that story with humble acts of mercy, compassion, and service toward our neighbors.


PILGRIM COMMUNITY

Living in Brooklyn together by the values of heaven

Acts 2:42-47

What was it about the Early Church that unwound the power of the Roman Empire from within? Historical record shows that it was not the content of teaching, strategic leadership, or the excellence of events and programming. Instead, the irresistible aspect of the Early Church was the quality of the believers’ shared life.

The Early Church shared values that the world had never seen before: People of diverse culture, race, and age breaking bread with gratitude, bearing burdens and speaking encouragement, freely sharing resources and privilege, and filled with a general sense of wonder and awe that cut past every trace of cynicism. Essentially, this was a community carrying values from another world.

We long to be a similar community, pilgrims whose citizenship lies in heaven, living in Brooklyn by a foreign set of values.  When our relationships with one another are shaped first and foremost by the Kingdom of God, the quality of our shared life speaks a better way into our city.