Portland Maine is located in the southern coastal region of the state, covering an area of just over 50 square miles. The city’s population is approximately 65,000, with Greater Portland (including several abutting towns) estimates near 230,000. The historical, economic, and cultural center of the city is found on a 2.7 square mile peninsula of land that juts out in to scenic Casco Bay.
Though small in stature, the city is a cosmopolitan mix of people from
all nations and all walks of life.
On a meandering stroll around the peninsula you are likely to meet young urban hipsters, 3rd generation commercial fishermen, an immigrant family from East Africa, a group of attorneys out for a midday jog, or a student from the local art school snapping pictures of some of Portland’s spectacular architecture. “Foodiest Small Town in America,” “Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” “Best Places to Raise Children,” and “Most Livable Cities” are among the many accolades that Portland has racked up in recent years. Here are a few of our favorite sources to find out about all things Portland….
LiveWorkPortland.org • PortlandMaine.com • VisitPortland.com
Rome, Corinth, Antioch, Ephesus, Athens….these are just a handful of ancient cities located in the Mediterranean Region which were very important and influential cultural, economic, social, spiritual, and philosophical centers of the day. It was here, and in cities like these throughout the region, that the seeds of Christianity were planted in the first century AD. The leader of this great missionary endeavor was the apostle Paul, and his methodology was quite simple. He went into the largest city of the region, preached the message of Christ, made disciples, and then planted churches in that city….and many of the Christians stayed there, and lived there, and worked there, and built relationships there.
“By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted…” Proverbs 11:11a
If you were to ask a random selection of people on the street how they would define the word “church” most would respond that it is a place, with an address, with a building – all of which are certainly true in many cases. Yet the English word that most closely resembles the true meaning of “church” as used in the Bible is assembly…gathering…community – all of which imply a common unity within the group. As Christians, that common bond that we share is our individual identity and collective unity as followers of Jesus the Christ. Think through this with us. In consideration of this fuller definition, which has more staying power – the body or the building, the people or the place? We are the church. We don’t go to church. We invite you to join us.