Why the name Genesis?
Genesis means "beginning." The people who started Genesis are betting the farm that God is still inviting all of us into new beginnings, sometimes even out of tragic endings. We believe the truest thing about Jesus, and about Christianity, is that we are being made new.
When does Genesis meet?
Genesis meets every Sunday morning at 9:30am at Sabes (pronounced say-bess) Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park (4330 Cedar Lake Road South - click here for directions).
What can I expect on a Sunday morning?
The atmosphere at Genesis is interactive and intimate. The music is understated and beautiful. The prayers are often call and response. We move forward out of our seats to take communion. The sermon is conversational and thoughtful. People dress casually. Parking is easy and convenient. The whole thing lasts about an hour. Oh, and we don't use screens - we print liturgy bulletins. This can be a bit of a stretch for some people, but we stare at screens all day so we thought we could get away with no screens for an hour.
What about kids?
We love kids. Kids Grades 2 and up have classes every other week and are with us in the theater the other weeks. We love this for many reasons, but most importantly because the youth in our community show us so much of what it's like to approach God honestly. And their comments during the sermons are (trust us) priceless. For those 1st Grade and under we offer fun and meaningful kids programming during the service. We keep the kid-to-volunteer ratios very low because we want each child to be seen and known in a safe environment. All of our volunteers go through Genesis Kids training and a background check. We use a computerized check-in system for added safety and accountability.
Why do you meet in a Jewish Community Center?
Our original plan was to rent a “churchy” building for gatherings each Sunday. So we looked. And looked. And looked, but no luck. Finally we stumbled upon our rather unlikely first home - the theater at Sabes Jewish Community Center. Sabes JCC has been an incredible host and partner from day one - gracious even when we pack out the parking lot. We think it's the perfect place for our beginnings as a church. While we have no official ties to any Jewish organization, we're grateful for the weekly reminder of our sacred roots as a people of God.
Why start another church? Aren't there enough churches?
There certainly are a lot of churches out there. But on the other hand, less than 20% of folks in the Twin Cities are attending church on any given weekend. Churches are not a one-size-fits-all situation, and we are the first to admit that we’re not the right fit for everyone. We encourage all people to explore the churches in their own community, and we’d love if you’d give our little corner of the world a try.
Is Genesis a part of a denomination?
Yes! We are a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a growing, multi-ethnic movement of churches across the United States and Canada. You can read more here.