“Greenhouse Church” is a metaphor we draw from the many Biblical parallels to farming and gardening as informative to the Christian life. Like a real greenhouse we want to be a healthy, safe, nutritional environment for growing, thriving, and bearing fruit. We’re just growing people, not plants; our fruit is not physical, it shows in Christlike character and impact on the people around us. Multiplication and harvest happens best in the fields, not in the Greenhouse. We want to help all people be ready to thrive in whatever field God might send them.
This is God’s story, but He has grafted us into it. Our Mission is to help all people find new life in Jesus and to grow and bear fruit for him. Our Vision is to grow as a Greenhouse Church.
We are praying for and preparing to produce a 100-fold harvest in the next 100 years. This vision recognizes and honors our history on this hill. For nearly 100 years a church has met on the corner of Union Hill Road and 208th Ave. N.E. We also know that this vision will not be fulfilled by any of us, but by future generations. Yet this vision requires intentional action; every one of us sowing and cultivating.
To learn more about our vision please listen to a recent sermon by Pastor Ben, click here.
examples of Diverse fruit in our midst
Here are a few of the current ways we are bearing Diverse Fruit as a Greenhouse:
- We are a Greenhouse for Jesucristo El Rey, a Spanish-speaking church-plant that meets here on Sundays at 1p and Friday evenings at 7p.
- We were a Greenhouse for Wayne and Karen Dalton, founders of Great Commission Ministries who are now planting a church and serving among the impoverished and marginalized in Saldanha, South Africa. Wayne and Karen were sent from Union Hill Church in 2013 and continue to be faithfully supported by the generosity of many here.
- We support the Smith family in their ministry in Zimbabwe as they begin their Huduma Farmhubs program. Huduma is the Swahili word for service.
- We financially and relationally support regional church-planting efforts in partnership with the Alliance NW and Northwest Church-Planting. We currently support House of the Living God (an Amharic-speaking church-plant in North Seattle) and The Living Room (a church-plant in Central Point, Oregon.)