:: About The Woven Community
Woven Community Church was born out of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the police-shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. Daryl Meese had been pastor of a church in Ferguson, less than 2 miles from where most of the unrest occurred, since early 2013.
Pastor Daryl prayerfully considered how he was called to minister to the people of Ferguson and North St. Louis County. In October, 2014 he launched Ferguson Forward, a weekly community meal where people gathered to listen to one another, learn of our history, and move together as leaders in the healing of our community.
The diversity and love people experienced around the table at Ferguson Forward led many people to say, "the church must stop being segregated," and, "I want to worship in a church with the diversity and love I experience here!" After many people had expressed the same desire, Pastor Daryl called a meeting for those interested in starting a new expression of church.At Woven we believe that Jesus and the Good News of the whole truth of God, are the answers to the problems that plague all of humanity and that have powerfully erupted in our city, and around the nation.
The Bible tells us of God’s love for diversity and people.
- In the Old Testament, the prophets often declare God’s judgment on Israel to be a result of excluding the outsider, widow, orphan, and otherwise ostracized people.
- The Gospels show us Jesus leading the disciples to the sick, the needy, the Gentiles, and the outcast and drawing them together. They followed Him to the religious leaders, centurions, zealots, Samaritans, tax collectors, drunkards and prostitutes. They followed Him to the culture’s elite, the ostracized and the outcast. They ate, walked, talked and ministered with Jesus. Jesus called people to follow Him across the boundaries that separate us.
- Acts and the epistles show us the early church continuing to cross the world’s boundaries as Jesus had taught them. We also see Christians wrestling with how to live together as a new creation, a new humanity, as one body, through Christ Jesus.
- The book of Revelation paints a beautiful picture of a new Heaven and a new Earth – of a new city where people of all nationalities and backgrounds come to worship Jesus together and those that are many become one body.
We believe it is in this diversity, brought together, that Jesus makes us strong in love. That is why we come together and follow Jesus across the boundaries that separate us and work against God’s kingdom. As we follow Jesus across these boundaries, He will gather to himself new and different people and join them to us
Woven Community Church continues to lift Christ Jesus high as he
draws people together from every tongue, tribe and nation. We rejoice in
reflecting the diversity that God loves so much as his people: young
and old, male and female, richer and poorer, and of different races and
ethnicities. Together we gather in a new way, as a new people, so that
others may see what is happening here and know that only God can do