In April 1998, Mike gathered with 41 others in the back room of a Huntersville bowling alley to dream and pray. Their dream? To create the opportunity to worship and continuously grow, while following Jesus more closely in a radically open and inclusive way. They wanted to create an environment to meet with friends and explore questions about God without having to pretend they had it all together or wading through a bunch of religious lingo – an alternative community that wouldn’t make assumptions about what they believed about God or knew about the Bible.
The group believed that the best way to grow in our love for God is to begin a mission of loving others in Jesus’ name, and thus they began their mission to create a place “for people who’ve given up on church, but not on God.”