On Sunday we were excited to announce that we are becoming an autonomous church and changing our name to Praxis Church as we launch in 2019.
In 2011 a small group of people had a dream in their hearts to see God move in the central part of London, Ontario. Under the covering of Royal View Church on London’s east side, City View Church was established as a downtown campus/location of Royal View.
Throughout the last seven and a half years, City View has seen some amazing things happen. People have been reached and baptized, numerous children have been dedicated, Jesus has been lifted up and a community has responded by practicing the way of Jesus together.
The next step in our journey is an exciting one, as we launch out as Praxis Church.
We are so thankful for the covering and care that Royal View has provided. Royal View is an amazing church that has church planting in it’s DNA—planting Dorchester Community Church in Dorchester, Ontario, Gateway Church in London and now Praxis Church.
THE NAME PRAXIS
Through the process of working to become an autonomous, self-sustaining church, the word practice or praxis kept coming to the forefront. We have been on a journey as a church in understanding both our corporate and personal practices and the name Praxis is deeply tied to our identity as a community.
The word praxis is defined as the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. It refers to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.
This is not simply who we want to become… this is who we are!
The writer James in the New Testament would say that we are not just hearers of the word, but doers. This is praxis.
The word praxis (prä’-ksēs) is used six times in the New Testament. In Matthew 16:27 Jesus says, “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to (what they have done) (praxis).”
So we look at like this; instead of calling ourselves Good Deeds Community Church like we probably would have in the 80s, we desire to call ourselves Praxis Church.
Part of the process of becoming an autonomous church is the expansion of our Lead Team. In 2011, Serge Kaniki represented City View on Royal View’s board. A few years later Heidi Collins was added to Royal View’s board as a further representation of City View.
As we become our own entity, we have expanded the Lead Team. With the guidance of the current Lead Team and with the blessing of Royal View, Marc Rodrigues and Nate Rundle have been added. Both of these guys have tremendous gifts and will lead us well into our future.
We are also thankful for the leadership of Spencer Schultz, who is our Director of Music + Liturgy. Spence has been a rock over the years and has led our music so well.
HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK?
The timeline for this transition is as followed:
December 23 - Christmas Sunday as City View Church
December 24 - Christmas Eve as City View Church
December 30 - No Gathering
January 1 - Community Begins As Praxis Church
January 6, 13, 20, 28 - Pre-Launch Gatherings For Core Households
February 3 - Launch Publicly as Praxis Church
Your financial contributions can be given to City View until the end of the year (December 31).
Starting January 1 all financial contributions can be given to Praxis Church.
If you give online, our team can help with the transition from Canada Helps to give online to Praxis Church starting in January.
Follow this link to see our online giving platform - https://praxischurch.churchcenter.com/giving
PRAXIS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN
Prior to our public launch as Praxis on Sunday, February 3, we are also looking to raise some extra funds to help with launch costs. We have a goal of $7000. We also have a donor looking to match the first $2000 contributed, which means the first $2000 given to the launch fund will be doubled!
If you like to give to the launch fund you can find details below:
Before January 1 you can give to the PRAXIS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN here - https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/id/92388/
Starting January 1 you can give to the PRAXIS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN here - https://praxischurch.churchcenter.com/giving
We are excited about the days ahead. If you have any questions our team would love to serve you. Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.