Our Story

We’ve been meeting since September 2001 (until 2005 under the name Mars Hill Church), and have experienced a lot of change in our short history. The church was founded by a former Episcopal priest, but only a year after its conception that pastor left and we found ourselves trying to determine what God might have in store for us. We spent about a year in a sort of identity crisis – trying to figure out where God was leading us and whether we were meant to continue on as a church at all.

Finally in March of 2004 we decided to “plow under” the church by discontinuing our weekly worship services and focusing on serving our community instead. We figured if the life of this church was coming to an end, this change in focus would allow it to die gracefully. But if there was still life, it would grow back. And, somewhat to our surprise, it did. Since that time, we’ve grown in both numbers and passion, committed to gather together to be Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him.

Regardless of your faith background, we’d love to have you come visit us. Don’t worry, you don’t need any kind of spiritual resume to experience God within our community. In our unique and diverse group, you will get a taste of what it means to be part of Christ’s church. You will probably have a chance to share a piece of who you are — a perspective, an experience, an opinion, a prayer– during the course of the service. Please feel free to take any opportunity to participate– we’d love to hear your thoughts. On the other hand, you’re quite welcome to sit back and get your bearings first. We can promise you that you won’t be harassed to become a member (because we don’t have any formal membership) or challenged to defend your truth claims. It’s hard to explain, but we’re just not about that. We spend more of our time just trying to live authentically with one another.

If you’d prefer to get to know us in a less formal setting, please join us for a meal after the service. We typically head next door to Chipotle, though at The Common Table, such rules are made to be broken.