In 2014, Jerad and Katy Sears started sensing a shift in the culture of Bentonville - a subculture of outsiders rising up from a predominantly church-going culture. A diverse group of people coming from many different walks of life, backgrounds, lifestyles, etc. They find themselves on the fringe. They're outsiders, creatives, misfits, poor, artists, unchurched, un-bible-belted people who have unique voices and passions and desires - and can’t seem to find a home in the church. In fact they find themselves marginalized by the church. They don’t feel safe. They don’t feel they fit, and honestly they don’t want to.
Jerad and Katy couldn't avoid the pain in all these conversations they were having with new friends on the outside. And as they started leaning into Jesus' heart for the marginalized, the realization of God leading them into a new kind of church for a new kind of need was becoming solidified in their hearts.
In May of 2015, a group of 32 + a bunch of kids we called "Chapter One" made a commitment to one another to start Narrative - a family of house churches united by the simple command of Jesus to live sent lives among the marginalized. To believe and practice that we are a priesthood empowered by the Spirit of God to bring Jesus into the corners and crevices of our city. And to be creative and fluid, always adapting to the people and needs around us.
To this day we are still experimenting, practicing, uncovering complexities and always adapting. Narrative is what the people make it, so it will always be changing. We believe whole-heartedly that every follower of Jesus carries the potential for world transformation in them. And our commitment is to empower that person to live in that power and reflect Christ where they are called to go.
Sam Means - GOVERNING ELDER
Chad Grigsby - GOVERNING ELDER
Jerad Sears - GOVERNING ELDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TJ Williams - FAYETTEVILLE DIRECTOR
Michael Curtis - NETWORK SERVICES DIRECTOR
Christen Sluyter - LEAD STORYTELLER
Ashley Rosequist - KIDS DIRECTOR
Brandon Patrick - FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
Eric & Meridy Roberts - MICROCHURCH ELDERS
J & K Jordan - MICROCHURCH ELDERS
Michael & Amberly Curtis - MICROCHURCH ELDERS
Chad & Jessica Grigsby - MICROCHURCH ELDERS
TJ & Christina Williams - MICROCHURCH ELDERS
Keifer & Chrissy Holt - MICROCHURCH ELDERS
Jerad & Katy Sears - MICROCHURCH ELDERS