OUR STORY

Our Purpose

One Church is a safe community that reflects the inclusive love of God.

 

Mission White

Our Values

One Church lives out our mission with our three core values:

  • Openness
  • Humility
  • Community

 

Our Beliefs

One Church is a progressive nondenominational church, a church for thinking people who are not afraid to wrestle with the difficult questions of faith.

As a nondenominational church we value wisdom from many different denominational traditions, respecting various views of the authority of the Bible, Baptism, and Communion.

We are an open and affirming church. We do not believe that being gay or a member of the LGBTQ+ community is a sin.

We recognize that some affirmations of faith are more central than others. Some affirmations are essential, while well-meaning followers of Jesus hold various opinions on lesser matters. Therefore we ascribe to the time-tested rule of faith:

  • In the essentials, unity.
  • In the non-essentials, liberty.
  • In all things, charity.

One Church is a member of the OPEN Network, a groundswell of churches, leaders, organizations, and people who are expressing a just and generous Christianity.

 

Our Story

The story of One Church began in 2005, with about forty people meeting in a network of house churches in Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix. After a few years, these house churches lapsed into inactivity, and founding pastor Ryan Gear moved back to Ohio to pursue further education. Some years later, he returned to Arizona and One Church was re-launched in its current form, with weekly services beginning in Chandler on March 10, 2013.

One Church is a mobile church, and we have met in several different venues over the years, from theaters to schools to church buildings. Currently, we meet at Mission Del Sol Presbyterian Church, located at 1565 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284.

Why the name “One Church”?

One Church is a nondenominational church. Because members of One Church come from many different religious and spiritual backgrounds, it is important to us that we celebrate each other’s differences and love one another as members of the Body of Christ.

In John 17, Jesus prays for His disciples, and then prays for all who would believe through them. In three verses, Jesus uses the word “one” three times. He prayed that His followers would be unified, as “one.” As a nondenominational church made up of people from many backgrounds, that is our prayer as well.


 

Since One Church began in 2005, several other congregations have started in the U.S. and UK under the name One Church, but they have no connection to us.