In 2001, Summit Community Church (formerly known as Arvada Grace Fellowship) in Westminster, Colorado, made the decision to bring its life as a church to a close. Believing that new life for many communities could sprout out of the death of one community, the leadership sold all the church’s assets and funded a new non-profit, The Genesis Project, that would seed new life among new and struggling churches.
In the early days, we convened an annual gathering for spiritual renewal and provided funds to assist developing churches. Our earliest work centered in the Denver area, and in the years to follow, we have assisted churches in Iowa, Wyoming, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Unless a kernal of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernals – a plentiful harvest of new lives.– Jesus
Over the years, we’ve discerned our unique voice and the unique contribution we have to make to God’s movement. Most pastors have taken great steps of risk and faith in order to follow Jesus in making God’s love known. However, we have a growing unease with much of the church leadership culture we have experienced (driveness, ambition, exhaustion, spiritual hollowness and withered hearts). While our convictions emerged from the uniqueness of our personal stories, we sensed God inviting us to connect with those who have walked a similar path (and have perhaps walked alone).
We desire to encourage a counter-current. We hope to come alongside pastors and cultivate the Spirit-induced instincts that, deep in our souls, we already know to be true. We hope to remind one another of simple truths: despite the hype, true gospel work is often long and slow; our identity does not rise or fall on the success of our church; what we most need is not tools and tactics but Jesus and the gospel.
The Genesis Project falls within historic orthodox Christianity, and we work within many streams of the church.