Christus Victor Anglican Church is a new church plant that launched in Phoenix in August 2016. We are in the very early stages of gathering a core group of folks who are interested in belonging to a new Anglican church in Phoenix with unique emphases in the arts, improvisation, and the breaking down of the ‘churchy’ sub-culture of Christian sameness in order to pursue something more compelling, real, and cruciform.
We desire to be a people who are seeking to authentically follow Jesus in the midst of this terrible, beautiful world. We are seeking to live and worship in a way that is paradoxically both continuous with and openly (yet graciously) critical of the church of the past and present, deeply rooted in the ancient yet not in a way that puts us to sleep on the opiate of religious activity, eager to listen to the saints through the ages, but not muzzled, handcuffed, and restricted by their theological contributions and formulations, pursuing a generous orthodoxy not for the sake of its fossilization so that we can stare at in the museum of Christian ideas, but as as means of empowering us to encounter God, embody God, in order to see the love of God transform the world through the body of Christ, his people. We are a fellowship of friendly, fallible transient sinner-saints seeking our rootedness not in the status quo of a comfortable Christian subculture but in the vulnerable and rugged reality of authentic Christian koinonia (gk. means: ‘fellowship,’ or ‘communion’). Our desire is to crucify complacency and comfort by walking and worshiping in the way of the Cross, so that in our work, homes, and communities we might contradict the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The name ‘Christus Victor’ is latin for ‘Christ the Victor,’ and refers to the victory of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good news, that through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the Powers of Evil, Sin and Death have been defeated by God and a New Creation, that is, a new, abundant, and eternal way of being human, is available through faithfully trusting the work of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.