Category Archives: Gathering 242

Decision Making at the Summit

Making decisions in a Summit Fellowship (read, small-group or simple church) can be challenging. When everybody has an opinion, the road is bumpy.

A few years ago when I had the role of pastor in a traditional congregation, one of my frustrations was the reluctance of members to step out in ministry or service. The culture of the church was that initiatives were to always come from “the elders.” The idea that an individual in the congregation could act independently was unheard of. The one time I encouraged someone to go ahead with something, I wound up irritating the head of one of the departments of the church—I violated a territorial boundary.  Frustrating. The problem was that in my life among house churches I had gotten used to functioning in an environment without a formal hierarchy.

In My Opinion…

The Summit Fellowships describe the relationship among the groups as, “functionally autonomous, but voluntarily interdependent.” That means that we regard each group as its own congregation. It is not Continue reading Decision Making at the Summit

82nd Avenue Prayer Walk

Well, they did it! On Independence Day, members of Gathering 242 Summit Fellowship walked and prayed the full length of Northeast 82nd Avenue in Portland, one of the most active streets for the sex trade in the Northwest.

Feet for Freedom

The reason was because Sarah, one of the members or G242, decided that the best way to celebrate her birthday was to give to somebody else. She chose the victims of sex-trafficking because there was no safe place for the adult victims to go to make their escape. So far she has raised about half of her goal of $3500.00 by walking to help The House of Engedi* prepare to receive refugees from the mean streets of Portland.

Do you want to help? Here is a link to her fund raising page.


* The House of Engedi web site features a video explanation of the mission of the house.

A Summiteer Starts a Fundraising Effort

Feet for FreedomSarah, from the Gathering 242 Summit Fellowship, came up with a creative way to celebrate her birthday: Raise money to fight sex trafficking in our city. She dreamed up “Feet for Freedom” to assist a local safe house for adult victims of the sex trade and sex slavery. While there are safe houses for juvenile victims, there have been none for adults. The project, called The House of Engedi, is the only one so far.

A fundraising walk over the length of 82nd Ave. will be on July 4, 2014 — not coincidentally, “freedom day.” May the walk and the efforts of The House of Engedi and similar programs, bring freedom and independence to people who are victimized by this scourge.  If you would like more information, or you want to contribute to Sarah’s birthday cause, click on the Feet for Freedom logo above.

PS-Tim, another guy from Gathering 242 designed the Feet for Freedom website.