This past weekend I enjoyed speaking at the dedication of Cadence’s newest hospitality house, The Gathering Place, at Ft. Carson, Colorado. This is actually a re-opening of the house ministry, as Cadence had a staff transition with a gap of over a year in between house directors.
I love the name The Gathering Place. To gather people together in a specific location (a home) for a specific reason (fellowship and growth) and for a specific outcome (to go back out with the gospel), is a powerful and biblical concept of community.
The word “gather” means to “bring together, to collect, to fold in.” In old English, it was used to describe the act of folding laundry—to gather the outer parts of a garment and bring them into the center. To gather people together implies the intentional act of going to wherever they are, inviting and bringing them in to a place of refuge, protection, and strength.
The word is used wonderfully in Scripture to convey this idea. Here are a few samples:
After Peter had been freed from prison by an angel, Acts 12:12 states, “When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.”
Acts 14:44 says, “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.” Then in Acts 14:27 Paul and Barnabas meet with the church in Antioch and it says, “On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Finally, Jesus says in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them.”
What a beautiful picture of believers gathering together to pray, study the Scriptures, celebrate God’s work and enjoy His presence!
This is the heart of Cadence ministries around the world—we bring together military people and their families in our homes, in youth groups, in children’s programs, in on-base coffee houses, in retreats, in chapels, and in many other settings. We gather them so they can grow and then go back to their spot in the military and the world with the Great Commission on their hearts.
The impact of these gatherings week-in and week-out around the world is truly powerful. Thank you for being a part of making this possible!