Grace and hospitality
In my twelve years of ministry experience, I've never met a perfect human being. A perfect God reaches out to imperfect people in love. God woos us, showing us His great love and hospitality. As a church planter and pastor, I dream that Dwell Church can be a place of hospitality no matter our background or social status.
What to Expect
What are services like?
We meet for worship every Sunday at 5 pm. We pray and think deeply about our worship gatherings. We want them to be authentic. We desire them to be open and relatable to as many New Yorkers as possible, from people checking out Christianity for the first time to lifelong believers. Musically, our vision is to be both professional and participatory. We have a number of excellent musicians who lead the music, but they are committed to facilitate worship, not show off their chops. The biblical teachings are geared toward well-educated New Yorkers who are considering the good news of Jesus Christ for their lives. We go deep into these ancient scriptures to mine their truths for life today. And we have a great time together. There is food, community and spiritual encouragement - what could be better?
What is the community like?
The internal community of Dwell Church is strong and open. Because we are a new church, deeper friendships are being formed. Now is a great time to get involved if you're searching for community and connection. The people are extremely friendly, but not in a shallow or superficial way. People get to know each other well by grabbing dinner or a drink after worship or through mid-week community groups. Our neighborhood of the Bowery is also central to who we are. Around half of us walk to church each week, and all of us are committed to serving the physical needs of this neighborhood. We are involved in many social justice initiatives, ranging from fighting sex trafficking to ending youth homelessness to partnering with local schools.
What if I'm not a Christian?
Dwell is the perfect place to begin or continue a spiritual journey. We feel strongly that people belong before they believe. We affirm that Jesus is the truth but are open to anyone wherever they're at spiritually. Over 10% of our congregation are folks who are not Christian believers. They are investigating Christianity and enjoying the community being formed.