Who we are is intimately wrapped up with who the Church of West Michigan is and is becoming in our increasingly postmodern, post-Christian world.
There is a story in the Hebrew Scriptures about a lost book, a very important lost book, actually. This very important lost book was the foundation to Israel’s life with God.
And it lay missing. Forgotten. Forsaken. For two generations. Like some old photo album stuffed away in Grandma’s must old attic.
While this very important lost book lay missing, several kings ascended the throne who introduced pagan worship practices into the life of Israel. The people forsook their one true love—YHWH, the God of Israel—for fake god’s and fake stories.
Israel lost the plot to her story as much as she lost a very important book!
It wasn’t until the reign of a child king that Israel found what she had lost. During the reign of King Josiah Israel recovered the plot to her story. Literally.
One day our very important lost book was discovered during temple renovations by one of the priests. And it wasn’t until it was recovered that Israel re-discovered the plot to her story and returned to the one true God.
In many ways the same is happening in the Church. We are loosing the plot to our own story because we are forgetting and forsaking God’s Story.
We hope to change that by helping a whole new generation re-discover what has always been central to the Holy Scriptures and historic Christian faith by helping the Church of West Michigan re-discover the plot to God’s Story of Rescue, while also connecting that Story to the world around Her.
THEOKLESIA is an idea curator dedicated to helping the Church of West Michigan rediscover the historic Christian faith. Jesus said that the Church is “the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.” We provide the resources to help Her shine brightly in 21st century West Michigan by helping the Church connect God’s Story of Rescue to our city, while remaining theologically rooted and biblically uncompromising.
About Jeremy Bouma
Jeremy returned to the West Michigan area over four years ago to pursue graduate work in theology and ministry to the city after working in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, first for a U.S. Senator and later as a pastor leading discussions on spirituality and mentoring congressional staffers in the way of Jesus. He is a pastor in West Michigan and the founder of THEOKLESIA. He lives in the city with his wife, Melinda, and is the author of the (un)offensive gospel of Jesus and PRAYERS FOR MY CITY: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Guide for Grand Rapids. Read his full biography, HERE.