While the majority of Subconscious Church focuses on the things below the surface – the subconscious clockwork of our heart and behaviors – there is a very real element which is visible to the world. In fact, the whole concept would be nothing more than academia if lacking in some tangible expression.

More importantly, since Subconscious Church is founded on the premise that it’s possible to participate in significant Kingdom breakthrough without experiencing burnout, we would fail before we began if there were no expectation of some outward activity. To claim Kingdom reality while living purely internally is, at best, self-sabotage; at worst, wholehearted folly.

There have been seven pairing of words which seem to capture the silhouette of expression we have generally seen in those pressing into the subconscious rhythms of Identity, Character, and Movement. They are:

Care + Multiply

From Genesis to Revelation, the Biblical narrative weaves a picture of caring and multiplying. Jesus hones this through many agrarian parables, and explicitly when he charges Peter, “Tend my lambs.” Livestock is only tended by Care that results in Multiply(ing) offspring. Our charge, as the Church, is no different.

Care + Multiply captures the invitation into a warm community built on the common bond of Jesus around trust in each other, vulnerability, and wrestling through the tough topics of life. It also captures the strong thrust out, beyond the comfortable walls of our routines, preferences, and ideologies and into the midst of our neighborhoods crying out for Hope.

Rest + Work

One of the deepest and most abiding themes of Scripture, and particularly the life of Jesus, there is a clear call to both rest and work. So often, we quickly lose sight of how to rest well – we confuse rest with laziness; work with busyness.

While the manuscript unpacks this in more detail, check out this post for some starter ideas.

Generosity + Joy

When we give ourselves away, secure in Jesus, we find deepest joy.

Suffering + Peace

Most of us are taught to avoid suffering. Or we’re taught we must seek out suffering to become holy, pure, or somehow more spiritual than the rest.

At best, we’re taught that suffering will result in glory, and while this is true, it short-sells the complex pain of today. And while a “weight of future glory” makes it all worthwhile, we believe there is some purpose in suffering today.

Examining the lives of many Biblical stalwarts, Jesus himself, and many more modern examples it seems that suffering in the life of the Christian results in peace throughout the community. Most pointedly, when Jesus suffered the pain of the cross, the result was that peace with God was made possible.

People + Place

God is interested in both people and place. From the garden with Adam & Eve to the pillar of smoke and fire with the Israelites; from the tabernacle to the temple; from the house of Lazarus to the house of Lydia; from the rebuilding of Jerusalem under Nehemiah to the New Jerusalem at the end of history — God repeatedly expresses his concern for people and place.

Your geography is no accident. It is not because you can’t leave, and it’s not because of your hard work to earn your right to live there. It is because God desires to use you as a Refuge to your neighbors – a lightpost to grace through humility, unity, and shalom.

Justice + Justification

Through the past several decades, we have grown accustomed to separating speaking the Word from living the Word.

Our experience has been that doing so either misses an important element of the Gospel, or it takes a lot of energy to manage when we can do what, and with whom.

Jesus never divorced speaking the Truth with living the Truth – they were always one, blended concept. Likewise, we seek to reunite the strong drive of the Social Gospel with the pious devotion of the Evangelicals. There is no divide in Jesus’ Gospel, and so we step out boldly in both word and deed.

Value + Brokenness

As we move into our neighborhoods, seeking to be used by Jesus to introduce our neighbors to him (“Come and See” moments), we believe is requires keeping an eye on two things:

What are the naturally expressed values of our neighborhood? (And what does our neighborhood naturally produce that is generally considered “valuable”?)

What are the areas of expressed brokenness? Who is hurting, how, and why? Is it systemic or isolated? What are the underlying societal or historical drivers? Why has this been allowed to continue?

As a community, we seek to leverage the value and lean into the brokenness.

To identify value ask, “Where is the Holy Spirit already at work?”

To address brokenness ask, “How can we serve our neighborhood?”

Bonus!

Humble + Bold + Obedience = Faith

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