Misfits on a Mission, Finding Identity in Jesus

About Roots

Roots is an intentionally multiethnic community of misfits on a mission, finding identity in Jesus. We consider ourselves “misfits” because many of us don’t fit neatly into the categories that are set for us by the broader society. Many of us don’t feel like we fit neatly into set ethnic or cultural categories, nor do we feel “American” enough. We also don’t feel like we fit neatly into categories like “Conservative,” “Liberal,” “Progressive,” or “Traditionalist.” We often don’t feel “religious” enough nor “secular” enough.

When we look at the scriptures, however, we see Jesus taking misfits and forming them into a new people with a new passion and a new purpose. It’s in Jesus’s Kingdom where we belong; in following Jesus we find our most important identity.

Roots is a new church start (or “plant”) that is forming in the Hamline-Midway, Frogtown, and historic Rondo neighborhoods of St. Paul, MN. When we talk about “church,” we’re not talking about a building. Rather, we are talking about a people, a community that is seeking God, learning how to trust Christ, and experiencing new life in Jesus. We have been meeting since 2014. We would love for you to join us for a worship gathering or small group some time!


Our mission is to invite misfits to experience new life by becoming a new people rooted in Jesus, who passionately love God and purposefully seek the renewal of our city. (Colossians 3.1, Ephesians 2.14-16, Colossians 2.6-7, Mark 12.30-31, Jeremiah 29.7)

    • In Jesus, we become a new people.  We are no longer defined by who we once were or what we once did.  Trusting in Jesus, we are given new identities as beloved, adopted sons and daughters of God.
    • In Jesus, we belong to a new family.  We are not alone.  We belong to a new multiethnic, multi-class, and multigenerational community where we have new brothers and sisters to journey through life with as we strive to follow Jesus together. (Colossians 3.1, Ephesians 2.14-16)
    • In Jesus, we have a new passion: to commune with and love our Creator God who so passionately loves us.  This passion drives everything we do from the extraordinary (like loving and serving our enemies) to the mundane (like setting up chairs). (Mark 12.30-31)
    • In Jesus, we have a new purpose: to seek peace and healing for our neighbors, our enemies, our cities, and the rest of the world.  We are on a mission to participate with God to bring peace, renewal, and restoration to all of creation.  God heals us so that we can be a source of healing to our beautiful and yet broken world. (Jeremiah 29.7, II Corinthians 5.14-21)

C.O.R.E. Values

Our C.O.R.E. values shape who we are and who we want to become.  These values are central to Roots’ identity.

    We believe that Jesus is who he said he was: the Christ (“Anointed One”) who saves and redeems the world.  We love Jesus.  We plant our roots, our identity, and our lives in Jesus because he is our hope.  For us, it’s all about Jesus.  Therefore, in all that we do (e.g., worship, teaching, singing, serving, cooking, cleaning, planning, praying, and laughing) we will seek to honor and glorify Christ our king.
    (Philippians 3.8; Acts 2.36; John 14.6)
    We believe that when we genuinely care and love other people, we experience true life.  One of the greatest obstacles to living a life worth living is self-centeredness, only caring about our own wants and needs.  Christ frees us from the slavery of self so that we can extravagantly love God and love others.  Therefore, we will strive to offer ourselves away personally and communally by giving to God and others our time, talents, and treasures.
    (Romans 12.10; Mark 10.43-45; Galatians 6.10)
    We believe that in Jesus, God reconciles all things: 1) people back to himself, 2) persons with themselves, 3) persons with other persons, races with other races, nationalities with other nationalities, and 4) persons with creation.  It’s holistic.
    Therefore, 1) we commit to sharing Jesus with others (reconciling with God). 2) We commit to loving the individual so that he/she can love him/herself well (reconciling with the self). 3) When we have broken relationships, we commit to seeking reconciliation with others; we commit to loving our enemies; in addition we are committed to racial reconciliation (reconciling with others). 4) We commit to caring for creation (reconciling with creation).
    We recognize that our world loves to divide humanity based upon race, culture, and socio-economic categories.  We believe one of the greatest witnesses to the world that Christ truly is Lord is when a diverse group of people (culturally, racially, and socio-economically) unite as one community to share their new life in Christ together as one family.  We commit to being a glimpse of eternity by being a multiethnic church community.
    (Romans 5.11; II Corinthians 5.18-19; Colossians 1.19-20; Luke 6.27; Ephesians 2.14-16)
    We believe that God wants for us to live by faith, expecting and hoping for Him to show up in big and small ways. We only live once so we want to take risks, trusting and expecting that God will do miracles.  We don’t need the Comforter (Holy Spirit) if we are already comfortable.  Therefore, in faith, we will pray regularly that God will do amazing things.  In addition, we will take prayerful risks as a church expecting to see God transform lives and bring hope to this city and the world in real ways.
    (Matthew 17.20; II Corinthians 5.6-7; Ephesians 6.16)