Everything you've always wanted to know...
First of all, what time is your worship service?
It's 10 AM on Sunday morning. But we really should say up front that we don't think this is the most important thing that we do, our goal is not to run a really good meeting! Our Sunday morning gathering is great only because it supports our life together.
Who is your pastor?
Jim Miller has been our pastor since moving here with his family in 1998 to start Oasis. He and his wife Ann have been married for 33 years and have four children ranging from 22 to 29. Jim is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA and Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH. He grew up in the hills of western Pennsylvania and every so often you can still hear the twang !
Your church is pretty small, why is that?
Partly circumstance and partly design! Church planting is an unusual animal and it’s hard to predict exactly what a church will have to go through as it gets established. We’ve been as big as 125 and as small as 30. But our goal is to never be a huge church anyway. We believe that the smaller church can be a healthier church, particularly when it comes to relationship. Building the kind of friendships that lead to godly transformation is a high priority for us, and we believe that just happens better in a small group of people. Our goal would be to start smaller churches just like Oasis in the years to come!
What about a building? You’ve been renting for a while now.
We've never been certain that a building was in our future. Because our focus is on relationships and not programs, pretty much everything we want to do can be done in homes or in rented facilities. And not having the overhead of property and building upkeep allows us to put our focus on more practical needs.
Are you part of a denomination?
We like to say that we have the best of both worlds. Oasis is affiliated with a group of churches called the Brethren Church, headquartered in Ashland, Ohio. But there are individual churches in Phoenix that are bigger than our entire fellowship of churches! We choose to be part of this group for a couple of reasons: One, to reach people around the world for Jesus who we couldn’t reach by ourselves. And, two, to make ourselves accountable to others for our teaching and practice. You can read more about the Brethren at brethrenchurch.org.
So you support missions in other countries?
Yes, we do. The Brethren Church has effective mission fields in 10 different countries around the world: Malaysia, India, Mexico, Spain, Philippines, Columbia, Canada, Argentina, Peru and Paraguay, as well as a school in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky.