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:
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!
2. We are kind to people with mental illness or in emotional distress, and we celebrate neurodiversity. 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.
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.