Who We Are
The church is in a major season of upheaval. Sunday-centric, sermon-focused, program-driven approaches are increasingly becoming irrelevant in Post-Christianity. We need new but rooted ways of being the church. In 2013, JR Woodward after 20 years of planting missional churches in Virginia and LA, sensed God inviting him to equip the future of church planters into movemental practices. The GA (the General Association of Virginia) was looking to contribute to a fresh ecumenical kingdom-movement. A deep partnership was formed called the V3 Movement.
A team was assembled to build training that would take dreamers and doers through a journey to plant multiplying mid-size communities. 7 years later the V3 Movement has trained over 200 planters, built a family of coaches, and launched a national gathering. In 2017 Dan White Jr. and JR Woodward crystallized their training in The Church as Movement (InterVarsity Press). The training has moved beyond the American church and has gone international as leaders are looking to move beyond the Church as an Industrial Complex into the Church as a Movement.
Dan White, Jr.Movement Developer
Tonya VariyaAwareness Coordinator
Josh HaydenRe-Missioning Coach
What We Embrace
The V3 in our logo stands for Vision, Voice, and Viral which represents: discovering a hopeful vision for the in-breaking Kingdom of God in our local places, learning our unique voice within the 5-Fold ministry of Jesus, and developing practices for being a viral movemental church.
- God is a community of one - Father, Son, and Spirit in an eternal dance of self-giving love. What is God like? God is like Jesus. God has always been like Jesus. Jesus reveals who God is and what God is like. We didn’t always know this. But now we do.
- Life-Forming Discipleship
Rather than starting with a big launch approach to church planting we must start with discipleship. This discipleship must be a concrete pathway for others to join that shapes them into Communion with the Father, Son, and Spirit, Community with others in shared-life, and Co-mission into their places of witness. Without discipleship we are merely creating an audience of consumers. Discipleship is not an extra curricular activity of the church it is the engine of the church. It is vital to recover the act and art of disciple-making.
- Boundary-Crossing Mission
For most people mission is relegated to what missionaries do oversees or merely inviting their friends to church. We must recover the DNA of mission in the early church. Here we uncover the theogentic codes of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher. We must equip and release everyone of into their neighborhoods and networks to witness to the renewal of all things under the reign of King Jesus. This is a thick work of moving people from a consumer state to a state of contributing to the mission of God.
- Tight-Knit Community
Community is the container that carries the Good News of the in-breaking Kingdom into our local worlds, yet very few of us have experience with living into shared-life with others, as we typically live very individualistic lives. To understand community we must unpack the raw material of the early church’s social existence. God is gathering a people who, moving beyond their own self-oriented inclinations, recover the work of loving one another around the Table, as Christ has loved us.
- Locally-Rooted Presence
In Christ, God is local. His passions and plans for people become concrete when they are localized. We must wake up to our neighborhoods and move from haphazardness to intentionality in our presence. Choosing to settle deeply, fending off transience, embracing smallness, might seem archaic, yet the church must model being the people of God in a particular place, with a peculiar love.