One project mission
To celebrate the supremacy of Jesus through the Adventist Church. Our tagline, "Jesus. All." sums up our perspective. We work to achieve our mission primarily through gatherings, but also through our website, books, articles, preaching, and teaching in our own fields of influence.
"Gatherings" are two-day events focused on conversations on the centrality of Jesus in the lives of the participants. They provide an active space for exploring a high Christology that holds fast to Jesus as our hope for yesterday, today and tomorrow. There are three main elements within the gatherings:
Reflections: 20 min messages, freely expounding on Jesus.
Recalibration: These conversations are the heart of the gatherings, as well as the time to network and connect with others who are seeking to express what Jesus. All. Means in their lives.
Responses: Live Q&A with the presenter either online or in the room. These are surrounded by simple yet complex worship moments and ample refreshment and meal times for networking, connecting and processing all.
Most North American gatherings have 700-900 participants. Gatherings in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are smaller. We have recently started 1:1 gatherings focused on the local church. These are single day events and typically have around 150-200 participants.
What is the vision of the One project?
The Adventist Church enjoys a rich history as a movement driven by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our foundational longing: to be with Him.
the One project exists to celebrate the supremacy of Jesus through the Adventist Church by creating sacred spaces, marked by Biblical preaching, theological discovery, honest conversation, and transformative community.
the One project seeks to engage, support, and inspire local congregations, pastors and church leaders as the Body of Christ tasked with being His presence in the world.
the One project continues to be supportive of the Adventist Church and its fundamental beliefs.
How do we measure the success of a gathering?
If followers of Jesus return to their fields of influence inspired and re-focused on Jesus, then we have 100% success. We believe that those who join us at the gatherings come either because they are leaders or are about to become leaders. We believe that they too can hear the voice of Jesus in their lives and will glean the best wisdom for what they are called to do. See the quote pages for a few reflections captured from our post-surveys and random emails sent to us from previous participants.
How did the One project start?
The paper on this page tells in part the story of how we began, as seven pastors (two via Skype and five in a hotel room) in Denver to reflect on the large questions in our lives. We vowed that we would “gather” from that point once a year to take two days for the same process and see what Jesus has done and will do in the future.
Is this a supporting/independent ministry?
We started off simply as pastors inviting friends to gather and refocus on Jesus, to now a ministry that is based out of Boulder Adventist Church, from the Rocky Mountain Conference creating gatherings all over the world. We have several partners who hold to the simple value that celebrating the supremacy of Jesus through the Adventist Church is a good thing. We deeply value the blessing and support from the General Conference, Divisions, Unions, Conferences and Missions. So, in short, we are not a supporting/independent ministry, since we are part of the established Church.
How is the One project funded?
Through registration fees, donations and partners. If you would like to help, please get in contact with Japhet De Oliveira.
What is the One project leadership structure?
The One project is based out of the Boulder Adventist Church. Boulder Adventist Church's Administration Council of Elders have two representatives on the One project board. The management structure graph is posted online here. We also have several consultants who provide critical leadership to shape the One project and partners who provide wisdom and strength. This leadership model is unique and in constant development.
Who can attend the One project gatherings?
We are very pleased that the gatherings have retained their intergenerational strength with participants ranging in age from 16 to 85! The average age consistently appears to be around 40. While the majority of participants are Adventist, we welcome all Christians to the tables. All you need to do is register and come and join us.
How do you select the gathering locations?
We generally select venues through an invitation from a local Adventist Conference. We work really closely with the local administration. In addition, we appreciate strong local partners. We are exploring numerous sites for the future. If you would like a gathering in your area, please contact Japhet De Oliveira.
I love the One project—how can I support it?
First come! Register and join us at any gathering. Let us know what your strengths are. Second, join our Facebook Group for in-depth conversation, like our Facebook Page, and follow us on Twitter. Third, become a super voice for the One project and send Paddy McCoy stories of what Jesus. All. looks like in your life. Fourth, donate funds to help some area specifically, like the TOP Scholarship Fund or a resource or generally for where our leadership senses a need.
Why go to a gathering if I can watch it online?
Simply because the reflection messages are only the tip of the experience. What happens at the tables, in the refreshment breaks, at meal times, is the strength. Be encouraged in what Jesus is calling you to.
Is Jesus. All. enough?
This question is posed with sincerity and with an inquisitive spirit. At times it has been posed with anxiety that the Jesus conversation held within the One project is somehow ignoring the two other entities included in the Trinity. Perhaps, it feels that if we focus so laser-like on Jesus that we will ignore so many other aspects of God, the Holy Spirit, and his church.
However, we believe there is biblical precedent to see Jesus as the full revelation of God in the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2, Colossians 1:15-23) And as that full revelation, when we speak of Jesus we are clearly speaking of God the father. Jesus, fully present in creation (John 1:1), and fully present in the plan and execution of our salvation (4 gospels), and fully present at the second coming (1 Thessalonians 4:13ff, Revelation) encompasses all that God is. When we see Jesus, we see the Father (John 14:9). Therefore, in every conversation about Jesus, there is an embedded conversation about God the Father. You cannot speak of one without speaking of the other, as their perichoretic relationship implies. One IN the other. An interweaving of God the father and God the son. (John 14).
In much this same way, the function of the Holy Spirit; sometimes called the “shy” member of the trinity, is to bring people to a greater recognition of Jesus. (John 16:13-14; Acts 4:8-12; 1 Corinthians 12:3). As such, if we are speaking of Jesus, it is the Holy Spirit that has led us to the speaking, to the recognition of Jesus as God, and in the speaking of Jesus we reveal who God is to the world. As Emil Brunner states: “The Spirit filled person, the spirit filled church, is the church; is the person, for whom Jesus is the most central and Present.“
Having said all this, it is our contention that when we speak of Jesus it is a trinity-conversation. A Jesus-drenched conversation can be called a Spirit-Drenched conversation, or a God-Drenched conversation. It is a continual process of discovery, regardless of the entry point to whom God is, in all his three revelations.
Some extra thoughts
Those of us who have been involved with the One project (TOP) have heard many and myriad rumors, accusations, attacks, and stories about us personally, professionally, and in regards to what we are trying to accomplish with TOP in general. While we have a policy to not engage most of these conversations; we thought it might be beneficial to speak in some broad terms about some of the ideas that are floating about.
First, the co-founders are Adventist. We hold that all our fundamental beliefs are beautiful insights into Jesus. We all hold church membership, and are ordained by the Adventist Church. We have all grown-up in the Adventist church and have spent the majority of our educational careers in the Adventist educational system, including earning our postgraduate degrees from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Four of us have attended George Fox University (Quaker) and did so with the understanding that there would be some common language and theology as the Quaker movement came out of the Holiness Movement, as did the Adventist Church. We were not disappointed, and we were all blessed by the experience and our professors, of which there were many. We deeply value the prophetic words penned by Ellen White and have actively encouraged our participants to read The Desire of Ages and Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing.
Second, while we believe that God never changes, we embrace that as humans we are constantly changing. Learning new things. TOP provides space through the gatherings to learn old and new things. Biblically faithful with a prophetic voice we will encourage our communities to continually grow in Jesus. We are take our responsibility seriously (Luke 12:48), and believe in the priesthood of all believers.
Third, we are actively seeking ways to increase our transparency. Every reflection from our gatherings is posted online for anyone to watch for free. Our first book, For the One, is available at your local Adventist Book Center or on Amazon. We appreciate all conversations and are open to any direct questions.
Finally, for those who have spent countless hours trying to show how we are emerging, emergent, Jesuit, spiritualist, mystic, spiritually formational, center-praying, false-revivaling, false reforming, or simply horrible people doing the will of Satan on this earth; we have only one response: Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV).
The Supremacy of the Son of God
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.