What is Proximity?
Proximity is a social organization focused on building community amongst believers from all churches in New York City. Predominantly serving the young professional crowd, we offer monthly social events and volunteer opportunities to foster that type of connection.
Is Proximity a church?
No. But a community of believers from many different churches. (Which is what Heaven is going to look like!)
We also want to be a safe space for those who are taking a break from church, in transition or curious about Christianity to still connect with the Body of Christ without having to formally attend a church.
Are you specifically for young professionals?
Although our main crowd has been young professionals in their 20s, 30s & 40s, we encourage people of all ages to come.
Is Proximity a singles ministry?
While a good majority of us are single or dating, we are not a singles ministry or a dating service. As stated in our vision, our goal is to unite believers from all churches by spending time together on a regular basis. So we hope that anyone, whether married or single, feels welcome to attend one of our events.
If you are not a singles ministry, what happens if I meet someone I’m interested in?
As in any situation, whether at church, a friend’s party or simply out and about, we hope you always act respectfully towards the other person (this goes for men and women). While in the age of online dating, it’s easy to want something to happen immediately rather than getting to know someone gradually (which is the most wise option in our opinion). With that, our mission is to create opportunities to build biblical community with our brothers and sisters in Christ, whether they are single or married. So we encourage you to keep that in mind as you get to know people at our events.
What is biblical community?
Our definition of biblical community can be found in Acts 2:42-47. There the early church modeled gospel-centered community by worshipping God together, fellowshipping together, praying together and breaking bread together on a regular basis. And as a result, the Lord blessed them by adding to their number. Though we are not a church, we hope Proximity will model a community that is attractive to non-believers like it was in Acts 2.
I had an uncomfortable experience with someone at one of your events. Is there a way to keep out people who aren’t respectful?
We hope and pray that you always have a great experience at our events. However, we understand that this thing we’re doing - bringing Christians from all denominations together - may cause some conflict at first. We are trying something new and there really isn't a rule book of how to do this except for the guidelines in God’s Word. So we encourage every believer who attends our events to love one another as Christ loves us (John 13:34-35).
We are so excited to explore this fantastic opportunity, together, to practice having respectful, loving & accepting conversations with others from different backgrounds than ourselves. We also have a greater mission - to show Christ to those who don’t believe yet - so what better way to share the gospel than to model love and kindness towards each other? We urge that all members of Proximity model this behavior as its crucial to building lasting biblical community.
With that, feel free to always let us know if you experience an uncomfortable situation at one of our events (and if needed, please tell us right then). We seek to provide a safe and secure place for you to be yourself and find community. We want to do our best to make sure that happens, so we really appreciate your feedback.
How did you come up with the name?
Leah Williams, Christopher Guidi and Caroline Mortensen came up with the name one dark and stormy night. (Kidding - we have no idea what the weather was like that day.) After several terrible attempts to come up with something non-corny, we typed in “cool words” into Google. A site came up - proximity was listed - and there you go. It was kind of perfect.
We particularly like how the words proximity, community and unity all have “ity” at the end. Coincidence? We think not.