Man holding sign with question mark over his faceLots of Ames churches might claim they have the answers to life’s many questions. We tend to think that the spiritual journey has far more with learning to ask better, deeper questions.

One of our values states: [we have] A Commitment to Relevant, Thought-Provoking, Challenging Preaching & Teaching: We want to equip people to follow Christ in every sphere of life, while challenging them to be faithful, thinking people committed to continuous and mature faith development. Like John Wesley, we believe that the living core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture, illuminated by tradition, given life in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.

In other words, you’ll find us to be a church that takes the Bible seriously but not literally, that won’t tell you that you have to think a certain way, that doesn’t mind admitting there’s a lot of grey in our moral and ethical decision-making. Yes, we look to scripture for guidance, but tradition, experience and reason all play a part in our thinking and acting, too. We don’t all think, vote, or act all alike either, by the way.

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke said this in her 1903 book Letters to a Young Poet:

…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

If you’re seeking a church where you can dig below the surface and reach for deeper truths, we invite you to join us on our journey of living the questions as individuals and in community.