We are so grateful for your interest in joining Greater Williamsburg Movement (GWM)
So, what does it mean to be a GWM church partner?
A good way to start is sharing our vision, mission and values from our main page
Our vision is to see the redemption and fulfillment of God’s purposes for the Greater Williamsburg region, resulting in the spiritual, social, and economic flourishing of all our citizens.
The mission of Greater Williamsburg Movement is to foster unity the Christian community, mobilize the Church to address key needs in our community, and convey God’s love and transforming power in a Gospel-centered movement.
We come together and deeply value the centrality of the Gospel. We are united in the person of Jesus Christ and His divinity.
We believe in the unity of the Church. There is One Church and many beautiful expressions of that church.
We come together around Christ’s mission for the transformation of communities
As you read the vision, mission and values, did they touch your heart and lift your Spirit as you consider the opportunity to lead your church in service and building the Kingdom in unity as Jesus prayed?
If so, we are excited for you and humbly request that you consider taking the next steps toward partnering in Unity and Service with GWM.
Here are some options:
If you haven't already done so, explore the rest of our website.
Review the FAQ's below. They will answer many of the questions you may have.
Send us an email at GrWburgMovement@gmail.com with your contact information so that we might have the opportunity to answer any further questions.
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It seems that there is a focus on racial healing. How did that come about and how does it fit with the vision, mission, and values?
Our goal as an organization is to foster church unity and to see the Body of Christ functioning as a unified whole in Greater Williamsburg. One of the major hindrances to this happening is the reality evidenced by what some describe as “the most segregated hours of the week” - when churches meet on Sunday mornings. In order to see a fulfillment of God’s plan for his Church in our community, we have come to realize that there needs to be a relational breakthrough on this issue and all that it encompasses as a prerequisite to true unity.
What are the potential benefits for member churches?
GWM has the advantage of being a neutral convening body – one that can help gather Christian leaders from all parts of the community around a common purpose. We recognize that there are a lot of things competing for your time, so participation in “one more thing” needs to be worthy of your time. We anticipate the potential upside of your involvement to include:
Is GWM independent or is it part of another organization?
GWM (Greater Williamsburg Movement) is an independent organization incorporated in Virginia, and is an “expression” of the International organization https://www.movement.org/ (founded in NYC in 2010). GWM is also associated with similar work being done on the Peninsula and in the greater Norfolk area under the “umbrella” name of Movement Day Virginia Cities.
What other churches are involved?
The current list of churches who have committed to involvement with Greater Williamsburg Movement include:
How is GWM different from the other organizations in the community that also bring churches to work together?
The mission of Greater Williamsburg Movement is to foster unity the Christian community, mobilize the Church to address key needs in our community, and convey God’s love and transforming power in a Gospel-centered movement. The central goal of Christian church unity is a defining characteristic of GWM that is different than that of other organizations in our community. As such, our strategy is to serve as a neutral convener and facilitator to bring together the Christian churches, as well as Christians working in non-profits, government and the business community to serve primarily through already existing initiatives in ways that no church could do alone.
We have relations with other churches, so I think we are doing our part for unity. Isn’t this what GWM would be trying to do anyway?
We are believing for a deeper unity to be developed in the Church in Williamsburg than what we have experienced to date. In John 17:22-23, Jesus prays to His Father, asking “…that they may be one, even as We are One, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.”
Why don’t you open GWM to all faiths?
We respect, appreciate and honor the service of all in our community who desire to serve their fellow man, and will gladly work with all in addressing “common grace” issues. However, this organization has been founded specifically as an effort to bring together Christian churches and followers of Jesus with a vision to do walk together in unity (John 17:20-23).
Is there a theology and doctrine that member churches are expected to accept?
We have purposely attempted to keep this simple. Here are what we call our Core Values, which form the basis of belief around which we operate. These are the Core Values that we ask all member churches to agree with:
1.We come together and deeply value the centrality of the Gospel. We are united in the person of Jesus Christ and in His divinity.
2.We believe in the unity of the Church. There is One Church and many beautiful expressions of that Church.
3.We come together around Christ’s mission for the transformation of communities
Is GWM a 501c3?
GWM has applied for 501c3 status and is awaiting response from the federal government. We hope to have this in place before the end of the year.