Galileo Church

Quirky church for spiritual refugees. Who would Jesus love?

Weekly worship, Sundays at 5 p.m.
at the Big Red Barn
5860 Interstate 20 service road
Fort Worth 76119
(use the zip code in your GPS for accuracy)

Mail comes here: 6563 Teague Road, Fort Worth, TX 76140

Contact us: 817-773-3147 | info@galileochurch.org

Our missional priorities:
1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ humans.
2. We do kindness for people with mental illness and in emotional distress, and celebrate neurodiversity.
3. We do beauty for our God-Who-Is-Beautiful.
4. We do real relationship, no bullshit, ever.

Our Biggest Deals,
a.k.a. missional priorities

Here’s the main thing: Galileo Church seeks and shelters spiritual refugees. We rally spiritual health for all who come. We fortify every tender soul with strength to follow Jesus into a life of world-changing service.

Spiritual refugees are those for whom church has become boring, irrelevant, exclusive, or even painful. Especially LGBTQ+ people and the people who love them. Especially Millennials. Especially people who can tolerate several sentence fragments in a row. All are welcome.

A Bible verse we love: “A bruised reed [we] will not break; a dimly burning wick [we] will not quench; [we] will faithfully bring forth justice.” Isaiah 42:3. It wasn’t originally written about us, but we will wear that shoe because it fits.

(Most) every church does something special, something great, something weird, something just-their-own. We thought and prayed about it a lot, and these are the things we think we do best, and that we try hard to do more:

The Pride flag goes lots of places with Galileo.

The Pride flag goes lots of places with Galileo.

1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ people. We believe that God, through Christ, has welcomed all to God's heart. Period. We want our society to reflect that, so we rally in Dallas or lobby in Austin or parade in Fort Worth or whatever it takes to get it done. Yeah, we actually think God means for us to change the world. The WORLD!

Lots of our kids find their best friends at Galileo Church. 

Lots of our kids find their best friends at Galileo Church. 

2. We are kind to people with mental illness or in emotional distress, and we welcome the non-neurotypical. Please don’t wait to be “normal” or “well” before you come to church. We’re ready to receive you with your sadness, or your social anxiety, or your unnameable, undiagnosed quirkiness. Lots of us have been there, or are there, or know somebody there. Compassion, transparency, and empowerment are the gifts we can offer. We are especially loving toward kids who are looking for friends who will love them just as they are.

Our Easter cross. It's made from a fence somebody took down, some metal brackets, some fishing line.

Our Easter cross. It's made from a fence somebody took down, some metal brackets, some fishing line.

3. We make beauty for our God-Who-Is-Beautiful. We try every single week in worship to create beautiful art and make beautiful sounds and set a beautiful table. God appreciates beauty — just look around! And made in God’s image as we are, we really can't help but make more of what God enjoys.

4. We do relationships, no bullshit, ever. This one is the hardest of all. We’re trying as hard as we can to be the same people on Saturday and Monday as we are on Sunday. We’re trying as hard as we can to tell and live the truth of our lives. We’re trying as hard as we can to “do life” together — not just “go to church” together. 

 

 

Do these Missional Priorities speak to you? Want to know more? Here's a long paper we wrote as we were discerning what we believed God was calling us to focus on, specifically, in our life together.

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