Blue Ocean Faith Columbus

   Powerful God, Powerful Love, Real Inclusion

The Blue Ocean Faith Movement

The Blue Ocean Faith movement grew out of an experiment. A group of people set out to start a church in an area where church just wasn’t a thing: Cambridge, MA. Blue Ocean Strategy is an approach to business, that looks at approaching the market in a different way. The founders of the Blue Ocean Faith movement took this approach and applied it to meeting the needs of their community.

As Blue Ocean Faith has grown, we’ve developed nine perspectives that shape the way we do church:

1.We need connection more than we need answers.

We recognize that connection to others and to something bigger than ourselves is more important than having the answers in life, especially when we don’t have the answers!

2.Everyone is us.

We recognize the deep relational richness that comes by including everyone!

3.There really is something going on out there.

We have a mystical side. The universe is richly relational, which points us toward a relational being, larger than ourselves.

4.By and large, we flow easily within secular culture.

Secular culture, like religious culture, is just a culture, with good and bad qualities. Both have a richness to offer and we seek to learn from everything we encounter.

5.There’s no bad news in connecting with God.

We wonder if God’s most-central mission statement towards us is “to do us good with all God’s heart and soul.”

6.Jesus has proven to be a particularly helpful North Star.

We often contribute to this “everyone is us” world by describing how we’ve found particular help by falteringly redirecting ourselves Jesus’ way.

7.We grow by taking our own unique, high-risk journey.

Everyone’s faith journey is unique and valuable. Recognizing this, we try to encourage one another along the way through rich relationships.

8.My drive to judge other people is a big problem.

Many of us come from backgrounds in which good people are expected to “draw clear lines” against evil people. But we’ve found that our quick urge to judge people has in fact been the bigger problem for us.

9.Everything is shot through with meaning.

God’s reality is much bigger than we can grasp. When we recognize this and allow room for wonder, the possibilities for growth and insight really do prove to be immense.

These nine perspectives lead us to our six distinctives.  Six things that all Blue Ocean Faith churches embrace, that shape the ways that we do church. 

 1. SOLA JESUS is our framework.

We respect and appreciate the Bible, but recognize that Jesus is the living Word. Jesus is our primary authority. Everything else hangs on this framework.

2. CENTERED-SET is our primary metaphor.

A metaphor is a helpful way to use a picture to illustrate a point. Our metaphor of Centered Set means that we don’t draw boundaries to say someone is “in” or “out” of our set, rather we are looking for movement towards whatever is at the center of the set. When Jesus, who is alive and communicating, is at the center of the set, spirituality comes alive.

3. CHILDLIKE FAITH is our path to spiritual development.

We take seriously the idea that as children, we are not called or qualified to judge other people. We trust that God as a loving parent will patiently guide each of us in our faith journey.

4. THIRD WAY is our approach to controversial issues.

We recognize that there will always be controversial issues over which well meaning, sincere people will disagree. Third way means that we choose not to judge or treat with contempt those who hold a position different than ours. In regard to the current hot button of LGBTQ inclusion in the church, all are included in the same way regardless of sexual or gender preference.

5. ECUMENICAL is our connection to other faith communities.

While our background has largely been evangelical and renewalist, we learn from all Christendom (and beyond).

6. JOYFUL ENGAGEMENT is our interaction with culture.

Blue Ocean churches joyfully engage culture, knowing that, where there are people, there is the image of God.

A more detailed explanation is available here: (Nine Perspectives, Six Distinctives)