In 2001, a group of 10-15 people at Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA began meeting to explore and discern God’s will for a new worship gathering at that church.
By the end of 2002, we had a clearer vision for this calling and articulated this to the Bellefield community. The name the “Open Door” was breathed into existence in this time as well.
In the summer of 2003, the Open Door hosted four “pilot” gatherings. The gatherings were designed to focus on worshiping God together in more participatory and multi-sensory ways than the church has traditionally known. On September 7, 2003 the Sunday evening gathering began in full.
A year later, in 2004, the Open Door sensed God’s calling to become a church plant in an urban Pittsburgh setting. A task force was also formed with a few people from the Open Door, and a few from Bellefield and from the Presbytery to provide oversight to the process.
In October 2005, we found a new home in Pittsburgh’s East End, near the neighborhoods of East Liberty, Highland Park, Friendship, Garfield, and Morningside. We are having weekly worship gatherings, which take place at the Union Project. The Open Door’s vision, to use its artistic approach to worship as a means of incarnating the good news of Jesus Christ fits perfectly with the Union Project’s mission to create community in common ground by utilizing faith and the arts. It is this common ground and similar vision that excites us – the opportunity to daily invest in the lives of East End residents by occupying a common space while also developing and growing the body of Christ. The Union Project and the East End present an advantageous combination of neighborhood, space, vision and location for the Open Door community to launch as a new church and discover what God might be calling us to along this faithful journey.