"In the day to day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism... Everyone worships. The only choice we get is what to worship"
-David Foster Wallace, This is Water
There are many incredibly attractive, but ultimately false gods wooing us, especially in a place like NYC. We choose to worship the risen Christ - The OneTrueKing. Central to authentic worship is a willingness to take risks, and place ourselves in situations where God's power must bridge the gap between our current circumstance and a desired outcome. Or, as John Wimber (founder of the Vineyard) might say, "I'm a fool for Christ... Whose fool are you?".
The166 is neither a street address nor a Bible passage. It comes from the following: there are 168 hours in a week and there is a strong temptation for many of us to outsource our spirituality to the two hours we spend at church and the rest of our lives are led as functional atheists. We believe gathering together for church should empower the other 166 hours in a week, and it's important enough to us that we decided to lead with this.
The166 has no full-time, paid staff, and is led entirely by individuals with everyday vocations - from entrepreneurs and artists to office managers and stay-at-home parents.
Our Biblical Inspiration
The Scripture that captures our aspiration is found in Acts 4:13. Apostles Peter and John are causing mayhem - preaching the gospel, healing the sick, converting thousands. When called to account for their actions before the religious authorities, Luke notes:
"When they (the authorities) saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were ordinary, unschooled men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus."
Our desire is to see ordinary people making a ruckus in whatever sphere they are currently in by leading radically surrendered lives and taking godly risks. The thing that distinguishes us is not our talents, our credentials or our social standing, but simply that we have been with Jesus.