In 2009, God began to gather a group of men and women in Portland, Oregon to move to Salt Lake City to follow Jesus in the urban core of the city. They didn’t come because Salt Lake was incomplete or because Salt Lake was lacking something. They came out of obedience and submission to the Spirit’s leading, not to start a new church but to be the church.
Missio Dei Community is a community of Christ-followers living in Salt Lake City existing because of the generosity and sacrificial hearts of folks all over the United States. Churches in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Illinois and Oregon as well as the The Orchard Group in New York City have supported us financially as means of means of worship and expression of their love for Jesus and his kingdom.
On Easter of 2010, a group gathered for the first time in Kyle Costello’s living room, took communion and prayed that Missio Dei Community would always value what Jesus values in Salt Lake City and the world. That group prayed that we would seek the blessing of our city in every stream of its culture. They prayed that we wouldn’t be a community concerned not with toxic religiosity, but rather we would encourage one another, walk with one another, repent with one another, sing with one another, and simply engage authentically with one another.
Today we continue to gather and pray the same things in our house churches and our Sunday gatherings. We hope and pray that God will reveal himself when we gather corporately or around the dinner table and that we would be continually transformed more into the likeness of Jesus joining him in the reconciliation and redemption of his creation.