Roots is an intentionally multiethnic community of misfits on a mission, finding identity in Jesus. We consider ourselves “misfits” for several reasons. First, we're not satisfied with the status quo; we're truth seekers. Shannon L. Alder once said, "Those who fit don't seek. The seekers are those who don't fit." Maybe that's why, secondly, many of us don’t feel like we fit neatly into the categories that are set for us by the broader society. We don't feel like we fit neatly into cultural categories, nor do we feel “American” enough. We also don’t feel like we fit neatly into categories like “Conservative,” “Liberal,” “Progressive,” or “Traditionalist.” We often don’t feel “religious” enough nor “secular” enough.
When we look at the story of the Bible, though, we see Jesus taking misfits and forming them into a new people with a new passion and a new purpose. It’s in Jesus’s Kingdom where we find belonging. In following Jesus we find our most important identity.
Roots is a new church start (or “plant”) that is forming in the Hamline-Midway, Frogtown, and historic Rondo neighborhoods of St. Paul, MN. When we talk about “church,” we’re not talking about a building. Rather, we are talking about a people—a community that is seeking God, learning how to trust Christ, and experiencing new life in Jesus. We have been gathering since 2014. We would love for you to join us for worship or fellowship some time!