Walk Together (or Run)!

Dear Convergence Family, Every Monday I go running with a couple brothers from church. This past Monday, one of the brothers happened to be out of town so I was thinking “day off” in my mind.  Then I got a text from the other brother asking if we were still running. I took a minute […]

True Sobriety

Dear Convergence Family, I recently heard it said, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Hari This quote definitely challenges our perspective of health and wholeness. First of all, I believe that ALL of us wrestle with addiction. A theologian once said that the Biblical definition of […]

Family Night!

In partnership with the City of Oakland, the DeFremery Recreation Center, and Christ Church Berkeley we’ve been hosting monthly Family Nights for the West Oakland community with free dinner, followed by a time of activities, games, and prizes.  Please join us on Thursday, July 30th for a scavenger hunt!

Discipleship

As we’ve now completed our journey through Romans, we are going to take the next five weeks to explore discipleship. We frequently use the word in church and simultaneously wrestle with what it means and how to do it.  So, we’ll look to the Scriptures and learn what discipleship is, the art of disciple-making, the […]

Ten Percent…

I was listening to my professor last night share about a sermon he’d heard years ago. He said that 90% of what we do as a church can be done if God were dead.  I was a bit caught off guard when I heard this and realized that it’s so true.  We can gather, we […]

Faith Rooted Organizing Training!

On Saturday, March 22nd, Alexia Salvatierra, author of Faith Rooted Organizing, will be hosting an in-depth training from 9am-3pm at YEP (2300 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601). Salvatierra has developed a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. This model of “faith-rooted organizing” offers a path to meaningful social […]

A New Season of Lent

This week begins the season of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter where we, as Christ followers, fast/sacrifice in some way to experience wilderness as Christ experienced wilderness. Most years, I consider something to sacrifice for the 40 days (food, coffee, tv, etc.) and spend more intentional […]

Emphasizing Discipleship

Hey Convergence Family, As we continue to press into 2014 with an emphasis on discipleship, I want to remind and encourage you to “be intentional” and “invite” one to two people into your life this year in order to learn from one another and encourage one another in our faith/life journey. Maybe God has placed […]

Sonship

If you have not already signed up, there is still an opportunity to join the Sonship group. Pastor Bobby will be leading a discipleship group in a curriculum called Sonship. Sonship is published by World Harvest Mission (www.whm.org) and is a study and introspective journey using Paul’s letter to the Galatians as the backdrop. It […]

Life Groups

Life Groups are small-sized gatherings that meet weekly in member’s homes.  Most groups share a meal together and then transition into a time of Bible study and prayer.  Currently all Life Groups are studying the book of Romans in conjunction with the sermon series.  There are 5 different groups that meet either in West Oakland, Emeryville, […]