Chi Rho Community is about belonging and believing. Our invitation to belong encourages starting and growing relationships, whether that is through someone that is already involved or through what you read, hear, or understand of Chi Rho Community.
There are a few places to initiate belonging. Neighborhood community groups (our term for small groups), meet weekly in a variety of places and times. They are focused around building relationships, engaging in Bible discussion, prayer, community service, and frequently food. Chi Rho Community together is a collection of small groups that also gathers regularly to do some of the same things: build relationships, engage in Bible teaching and discussion, worship through singing, prayer, and community service. Learning communities meet regularly in other locations to engage in focused times of deepening one’s relationship with God, self, and others. Learning communities may be retreats, discussion groups, or experiential groups.
Believing is best demonstrated in Chi Rho Community through our sense and practice of mission. Mission simply means doing life in a way that lines up with God’s purposes. Because we believe the kingdom is both now and not yet, we are ‘On Mission’ when we give ourselves to the mission of Jesus Christ to transform lives and extend his kingdom in the world around us. Living life intentionally ‘On Mission’ takes Chi Rho Community to people with real needs where we seek to love deeply, serve meaningfully, give generously, and be real. We desire to be the church not just do church. To this end we try to not only foster one another’s efforts to reach out and serve meaningfully within one’s own relational circles, but gather regularly to serve our community together. This takes various forms and is usually borne out of our interests or passions. Our current Sunday worship rhythm includes one Sunday a month when we serve together.
Examples of various ways Chi Rho has been on mission together include volunteering for Ironman, hosting Camp Petra (a week-long day camp for foster kids ages 7-11), planting and maintaining a garden with the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, helping with the community meal at the Harding Center on Sunday evenings, and decorating the Lake City Center pool room for the holidays.