The following is the manifesto that can be found on the website for a church called Renevatus in Charlette North Carolina
We are a people under renovation. ~ We are in an ongoing process of growth, change and development. We will own up to where we are, but we won’t stay here.What I like about the above manifesto is that while it tells you about some of the tenants of their faith it also clues you into the way they intend on living these things out. The statement is filled with theology but in a way that also conveys personality. As far as I am concerned a statement like this is much more helpful than the typical statement of beliefs that most churches put on their web sites.
We are a community of liars, dreamers, and misfits. ~ We are a house of mercy. We will advocate for broken and marginalized people everywhere, inside and outside the Church.
We are a people from the future. ~ We act in fearless conviction that the rules have changed and that we are partnering with God to make that change visible. We will not be reactionary to anything or anyone, because the apocalyptic even of resurrection has already transformed the world.
We ARE your grandmother's church. And your great-grandmother's church. And your great-great-grandmother's church. ~ We embrace continuity with the Church’s past. We seek intergenerational and cultural diversity. We will harness the classic spiritual practices and truths that transcend time and place. We are a local representation of a timeless community.
We will practice the liturgy and the primal shout. ~ We will incite worship that engages both intellect and emotion, believing that the head and heart are to be integrated and not divorced.
We will build altars in the world. ~ We will collect and tell stories. We will celebrate and honor the people, places and things that God chooses to use.
We will reach out without dumbing down. ~ We will challenge you to think hard about God, Church and culture. We will not treat you like a consumer, but as a co-conspirator in the re-imagining of the world.
We will embrace flesh and blood. ~ We believe life in the Spirit has to be lived in a body. We celebrate the Eucharist as the full expression of God’s use of flesh to accomplish His purposes. Our own bodies are now broken with His for the sake of the world.
We are not looking to escape the world, but to re-make it. ~ We believe the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. We anticipate His kingdom coming and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We will not be done re-making the world until the final restoration of creation.