For most church communities affording niche ministry (or larger ministry programs, like camps) just is not feasible. Though even one or to young people still need to be spiritually nurtured.
The Sonder Collective gifts our resources so individuals, and congregations, can be uplifted just as they are. We all do it together - it's a new kind of ministry.
There is goodness in big church community and in small church community - and there are young people in all of them. Finding resources, time, and people for a youth and young adults community in smaller churches isn't easy- though down the road, there is another small church, and another, and another.. and another. Regardless of expression all churches share the same purpose: Jesus.
We are an intentionally collaborative space, our leadership is brought together from each church community so young people across every church community are able to enjoy community and programs that they may have missed out on previously. Our collective community allows a depth of christian thought and theology, with an aim to grow a deeper more compassionate faith. We get to listen to the experience of many peoples expression of who Christ is in their life across our ecumenical landscape of churches.
The Sonder Collective allows a greater ability for individual churches to look at what it means to grow as an intergenerational church community. By uplifting each home church, we are able to maintain our autonomy, maintain our pastoral care for each individual, but still can participate in specified age-based ministry programs.
Our motivation is always forward looking - that in 20 years time all our church communities can continue to thrive by nurturing people in their faith, as they have been doing so for many years.
What makes someone a 'Sonderer'?
How it began • a letter
from our founder.
‘Sonder’ is a word created by John Koenig, and is far becoming apart of ones regular vocabulary. Sonder is defined to mean: “the realisation that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness – an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”*
As we are a collaborative initiative of people meeting together from many different paths, stories, churches and homes, 'Sonder' as a feeling and action, is more than appropriate to describe the realisation we feel when we collectively meet together.