Blue Ocean: A  Church Network and An Ongoing Conversation

As an emerging church network, Blue Ocean Faith provides support, inspiration, and resources for churches drawn to these perspectives. We host Blue Ocean Summits (regional and national) to explore these themes and probe new ones which you can learn more about on the Blue Ocean Faith website.


What’s with the name, Blue Ocean Faith?

Blue Ocean Faith is about a faith that expands rather than narrows our horizons. It’s an approach to faith that seeks connection rather than separation. The ocean, after all, is what connects all the land masses on planet earth. Nobody owns the blue ocean. No one can claim to have plumbed its depths. It’s dynamic, always moving, always changing. The ocean humbles us. When you get far enough away to take a picture of planet earth so it fits in one frame what you see is blue ocean.

Blue Ocean Faith Church Network

The Blue Ocean network began around 2015 when Dave Schmeltzer, founding pastor of the Cambridge Vineyard Church (now Reservoir Church) convened a meeting of pastors in secular leaning cities and university towns. We discovered that many of us were stumbling into similar challenges and approaches to making faith accessible in these settings.

Since that time, several churches now regard Blue Ocean as their primary affiliation. Congregations affiliated with other denominations, including Vineyard, United Church of Christ, Mennonite, and Episcopal seem eager to exchange ideas and approaches in what is an ongoing conversation about faith in the secularized West.

Blue Ocean Faith Springfield

Our church "officially" began in the spring of 2018. In 2017, after leaving their previous church, Allyn and Vicki had been talking about doing something spiritual and communal (we even discussed calling it some kind of something). Through a variety of different conversations and discussions we found that we weren't alone. Others felt that there was space for us to help bring spiritual health and wholeness through connections with others. That's our goal. We want to focus on health and connection, because we think all of the rest of "the stuff" will fall into place as we do this.

What does this look like? We approach spirituality thorough Christian tradition and practice. We also embrace the knowledge and experience that is available to us through different faith traditions. At the same time we are intellectuals, skeptics, and lovers of science. And just as important is the artistic vein that runs through it all. So this might look a little different than what you're used to, but we think it's by experiencing all that we have available to us we can come to a place of health and wholeness.