If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must first see our neighbors . . . we must see not just their faces but the life behind their faces.
— Frederick Buechner

What kind of life will evoke questions?

Here's a few ways we are doing intriguing things motivated by our faith and love:

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dialogue, not monologue 

  We're big on relationships, not religion.  Jesus demonstrated that the art of loving God is loving people.  Part of loving is knowing, and knowing comes through dialogue, not monologue.  We help people have crucial conversations and bridge the spiritual gap.  Good conversations involve learning to listen, and learning to ask good questions.  Jesus asked nearly 307 questions--recorded in the Gospel accounts.  He was asked about 183 questions and only answered a few directly.  Part of our process in mentoring/discipling is learning to listen, ask questions, and train others to tell their own story.  No scripts, no memorized pitches.  Just raw, unpredictable conversation compelled by genuine interest in others.



SURPRISE is part of our practice of neighboring.  It's not just a service project for an organization or individual with a need, it's also doing the unexpected.  As individuals we do this when we bake cookies or give a gift when it's not a birthday or holiday; or when we write or speak words of encouragement unexpectedly.  Sometimes we just serve the socks off somebody.  SURPRISE is when we act as a group to astonish someone (or a organization) with the same unexpected kindness Jesus astonished us with at one time.


There is art that can evoke thought and questions.  From time to time, we gather as a larger group at a public space to display visual art or engage people with interactive art--simply to cause people to think and question.  



- launching new Communities - 

  When there is a core of Christ-followers making Christ-followers, the friendships, knowing and being known (by each other and God) results in a community of people that desire to be together.  That community often has its own distinctive, a shared culture of the 'tribe' that allows them to connect with others to find and follow Jesus.  It's building Christ-centered community to reach community.  One of our first Mountainside Communities (some call a church) is projecting to be launched March 25, 2018.  We are inviting 40+ individuals to be a part of this "core team," currently meeting now, practicing neighboring, authenticity, mentoring, and the gospel.  With God's help we hope to see 7 more communities unleashed in the next 10 years.

pop up gatherings

  From time to time we announce a gathering at a specific time and place for anyone who would want to participate.  These medium to large gatherings may be characterized by these elements: worship & prayer, testimony-someone's story, the table-cookout or pitch-in, and creative presentations.

xcellerate Groups

  These groups of 6-12 people, help those of us detoxing from churchanity and are restarting fresh with Christianity.  We embracing Jesus' mission.  We are changing what we care about.  Meeting every other week for a semester, those in Xcellerate commit to being a disciple of Jesus and learning to have crucial and spiritual conversations, like Jesus did.  The goal?  To embody the message of Jesus, to know and be known, and pass the baton of faith and leadership.

Hi-Lo Groups

  These groups are a great introduction to Mountainside, meeting on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  Everyone who participates shares a "high" or "low" from their week, forming the basis of knowing one another and a simple way to pray for each other or give thanksgiving.  If the sharing doesn't ignite thoughtful conversation or questions, a HI-LO group leader will usually have a Scripture passage and a question that stimulates conversation below the surface to crucial conversations about life, love, practical living, hope, struggles, truth, authenticity.  Usually, part of dialogue in HI-LO groups leads to an honest question that directs the leader and group to open up the Bible to search for answers.  (some groups have a portion of time to sing/worship and some groups don't).

upcoming events


Statement of Faith

The following is a simple "Statement of Faith" which is a way for people to have an understanding that we are connected to historical Jesus and historical Christian faith.  It is not intended to be comprehensive, nor something to be memorized and recited.   If you're new to the Christian faith or investigating, don't worry if you don't understand everything, or if you're not sure if your belief conforms to historical, biblical Christianity--most of us when we started out didn't have "correct belief".  We just knew we encountered Jesus and loved Him.  Our desire is to be as simple as the first century Christ-followers and 21st century believers in China today.  They were and are people not of an institution, but a living Jesus-movement, whose simple creed/message/ethos was and is: "Jesus is Lord."



The Bible is the account of all God has done, and His mission and interaction with humans to bring them into close relationship with Himself.  It is sometimes also called "The Holy Scriptures", "Word of God", and even "Vox Deo"--the Voice of God. It is written by humans, but inspired by God.  It is true, and for Christ-followers it is how they evaluate the 'trueness' of all other things.  It contains historical events, poetry, prophecy, and eye witness accounts. It also contains the Gospel throughout it all, which reveals the central, redemptive figure of the universe--Jesus.



God exists eternally in sacrificial, loving fellowship in three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God the Father has invited us to join His 'fellowship" through the Son, Jesus, and His work at the cross, and through the Holy Spirit, who applies that work and makes people new & whole again.  For Christ-followers, who believe Jesus' words, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father,"(John 14:9) Jesus is more central--because Jesus is how the Father revealed himself to humans.  But Christ-followers do not forget the 'three-in-oneness' of God and the love, the beauty, and mystery of the Trinity.  The nature of God and His character are described in the Bible accounts of God-and-human-encounters, where God reveals Himself and His holy, faithful, compassionate, just, merciful, slow-to-anger, jealous, and loving nature.



Humans are made in God's image, but have been marred by evil in such a way that our very inner nature is sinful and passed on like spiritual DNA to every human born.  We cannot clean ourselves up, even if we try to change our outward behaviors.  For thousands of years, religion has told us if "we do this or that, maybe we will be accepted by God".  Jesus says, "you are accepted by the Father through me--trust me; follow me."  Jesus was right with God.  Jesus passes on his 'right-ness' with God to us when we trust/believe/put our full weight on him and his words--and his sacrifice on the cross.  This trust-belief is more than an intellectual acknowledgement; it moves you; it is a hard "reset" of your life causing a person to see everything differently--which causes you to act differently.  It is a 'second birth' giving you a new nature that hungers and calls out to God. This trust + action = faith.  Salvation is by faith alone in Jesus.


There is much more that theologians and different branches of the Christian faith--or even you would like to see written here.  But this is enough for the beginner, the learner-student of Jesus, whose questions arise from the Holy Spirit within them and turns them to the Bible for the answers. If you have genuine questions about Mountainside's stance, please contact us.


- Shannon -  

Lead Pastor & Discipler


The big passion for me starting Mountainside is to help people move towards Jesus, because He is the destination, not the church—yet so many people get mixed up about this.  Part of God’s thumbprint on me is that he made me to care about those on the outside; so I really believe the church exists for those not yet a part of it.  I really like music, movies, and the outdoors—hiking, cycling, backpacking—but really dislike doing those things in the rain!  Authenticity is important to me, so it really makes me rethink why we do what we do, and who we do it for.  My heart was won by Jesus, when He revealed how he knew the worst and best of me, yet still loved me.  I will follow Him all my days.



- Isaac - 

Lead Worshiper & Discipler

Isaacs passion is music and has been since he was very young. When Isaac found out Mountainside needed a worship leader, he knew this was an opportunity to leverage his gifts for the advancement of the kingdom.

God has given Isaac a strong sense of leadership and direction for the arts, and yet also a very easy going personality.

Isaac enjoys movies, television and working out. He enjoys these things especially with his family and friends. He dislikes country music and most vegetables... But is learning to like them! (The vegetables that is ;])

Knowing that Isaac is working towards something is very important to him; that he is not being idle with his time and there is a purpose he is living for.

Isaac choose to follow Jesus because He gives him purpose, because He answers the questions he feels need answering in this life, and because He satisfies him on every deepest level of his human nature. Because He satisfies his soul.




- Sherri - 

Volunteer Administrator & Discipler

Sherri has been giving her time and resources to missions for more than 30 years now. She brings order, beauty, and wisdom to all we do. Though she doesn't get a paycheck, Sherri is an irreplaceable part of this team!  


- Elisa - 

Administrative Intern & Discipler

Missions is a passion for Elisa, and any chance to strengthen and further her experience in it is considered a valued opportunity.

Elisa has been moved by the love and freedom found in Jesus since she was 13, and has been seeking outlets in missions ever since.

She is a photographer and lover of all things design, she has never been a fan of math, and she will always laugh easily (& very loudly). She is a deep lover of family and friends, and is passionate about keeping Christ at the focus of her life & relationships.

Elisa gives herself to Jesus, and to His mission, because she is keenly aware of the worlds (and her own) deep need for a Savior and loving Father.