What Is Thad’s?

We’re a movement of missionary people who’ve made a choice to leave the relative safety of the established church and take the love of Jesus “to the streets”. Our calling is to bring this transforming love into people’s lives in positive, transformative and practical ways. In church-speak, we’re a “mission station”, an experimental community of the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles.

On the Move

We’ve celebrated in a living room, a Denny’s conference room and a local park. For two-and-a-half years, the Thad’s community called the Jazz Bakery at the Helms Bakery complex our home, until it was sold in the summer of 2009. Then we moved into a transitional space at the Westside Jewish Community Center. In mid-December 2010, we moved once again to our present home, the Writer's Boot Camp at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.

We’re working at living out our common life in partnership with God, remaining responsive to the needs of the Thad’s community and those of the larger community around us. For this reason, we have chosen not to seek a permanent ‘church’ building, but rent our space, as so many folks in our community do. Without the burden of a mortgage or the need for ‘church building fund-raising,’ we can focus on people, rather than programs.

Mission.Vision.Values.

Mission
To bring the love of Jesus to the lives of people in positive, practical and trans-formative ways.

Vision
A community of all kinds of people committed to living the love-spreading, difference-making life that Jesus calls us to lead.

Values

  • We live love-spreading, difference-making lives.
  • We are called to be blessers, not cursers.
  • We will be courageous enough to engage God’s work and act.
  • We are building the kingdom, not a church.
  • We are hospitable, safe and accessible.
  • We believe that there is no such thing as scaring or bullying people into heaven.
  • We believe you can’t practice God’s love alone.
  • We lead by serving.
  • We know that love is reflected in love.
  • We are Monday-Saturday followers of Jesus, who worship on Sunday.

Thad's Board of Directors

Mary Bonner Baker
Lindsay Wilcox
Jamie Bennett
Grant DeVaul
Peter Doerken
Jason Carbone
Joan Lynch
Cathy Watts
Arthur Page
John Bertolli

Thad under the radar

Thaddeus (also known as Jude) only gets two mentions in the Bible: Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18. He was simply one of the twelve disciples. As one of Jesus’ inner circle, Thaddeus had a front row seat when Jesus spoke, and when called upon, taught that message, healed the sick and cast out a few demons.

We identify with Thaddeus because even though he was a leader in the early movement to spread God’s kingdom through the teachings of Jesus, he kept a low profile and humble attitude. We hope folks think of the Thad’s community in the same way—committed to the kingdom of God shown to us by Jesus, committed to serving people with God’s love.

We call him Thad because we think that’s what he’d want his friends to call him.