All About Branches.
Our Core Values.
“I am the Vine, you are the Branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” – Jesus (John 15)
Branches would not exist apart from the Vine. Life, health, nourishment, growth and fruit all come from the Vine (Jesus) and through the branches (us.) The story of Branches is inseparable from the EPIC narrative of God’s love. That story is also our story. In this story some values rise to the forefront and shape our community.
Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone wants to have fun. God wants that for us too. We believe that God’s plan for us to live life to the fullest is the only way to find lasting joy and true delight. So we take fun seriously.
Ever wonder what you’re doing with your life? We believe that our purpose is to join the mission of God’s redemptive work in adding beauty and making all things new. We often remind ourselves that “it’s not about me.” You can buy a sports car, but we think living for God’s purpose is a better solution to a mid-life crisis.
There’s only one you. Discovering your identity in Christ is critical to living life to the fullest. We believe that our identity begins as a child of the God who created us in His image and loves us relentlessly. We strive to discover the uniqueness of who He made each of us to be and reach our fullest human potential. Then we just be ourselves.
Let’s face it, we need each other. We are in this together. We believe that knowing and being known, sharing in our own vulnerability, and walking together in love, acceptance and forgiveness is the best way to live. It’s also God’s design. You are not alone. So come as you are. You belong here.
What We Believe.
We do our best to align our lives and community with what we understand to be Biblical essentials for Christian faith. These are the tried and true foundations recognized hundreds of years ago and followed by millions of people. We find roots in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.
There are a few things we understand, but a lot that we don’t. We leave space for honest conversation and even disagreement about non-essentials (i.e. gender roles, how to worship, use of spiritual gifts, politics, whether Jesus drank wine, predestination, election, end times, the length of Jesus’ hair, etc.) We approach non-essentials with humble, thoughtful and prayerful Biblical interpretation.
In all things we attempt to show love, acceptance and forgiveness. Especially when we disagree.
Tim and Dawn Oas
Prior to Branches, Tim and Dawn served as Worship Pastors at Eastside Foursquare in Bothell, WA. Tim has also served as the Youth Director at Cedarcreek Community Church in Eau Claire, WI. He received his BA in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Tim and Dawn have one daughter, Olivia (6). When not talking church planting, you will find Tim and Dawn hanging out with friends laughing, travelling or playing music.