What to Expect

Our mission is radical discipleship in the footsteps of Jesus. What that means at Missio Dei is that everyone—and their ideas, insights and experiences—are welcome.  

Our congregation primarily consists of people experiencing homelessness or who are precariously housed.  

We do not have a traditional sermon.  Sam Picard, our minister, chooses a Biblical passage or story each week.  We take turns reading the text and discussing it as a congregation, guided by questions Sam provides.  We hear from everyone who wants to speak: from theologically trained people, from people whose theology comes from a lifetime of faith, from affluent people, and from people who depend on their faith to help them survive on the street.  It is a mix of views that you cannot get from a church where everyone looks and lives the same.

After the sermon, we celebrate Communion. The Communion portion of the service is a reminder of the challenge living out what it means to be the Body of Christ, and an attempt to break down some of the walls that the world builds between us.

Following Communion, we all share a Sunday dinner prepared by Metropolitan Ministries or local congregations. 

Missio Dei meets at 900 MLK Jr St S, in South Saint Petersburg at Praise the Lord Ministries. 

Missio Dei creates a space where people who are separated from each other the other six days of the week can meet, worship and eat together.  We hope you will join us. 

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