As you may have heard, some friends and I are planting a church. I am posting some of the central parts of our vision. The first post answered the question “Why are we doing this?” and now we turn to our mission: the core of what we feel called to do.
Ever since Jesus sent his disciples out, the church has had a mission, so in one sense finding a mission shouldn’t be all that hard for a church plant. 🙂 For example, Jesus told his disciples:
- “Proclaim the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
- “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).
- “Make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them… and teaching them…” (Matt 28:19-20).
- “You will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
God’s people have a mission by default, and it is rooted in God’s mission, which is that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, all creation would experience the wholeness and liberating joy that come from loving God, trusting Jesus and living in the Spirit.
Our mission is simply a local expression of that greater vision:
to see people renewed by the love of God,
equip them as faithful followers of Jesus,
and send them out by the power of the Holy Spirit
to be a voice of hope and healing to a messy, broken world.
Deep worship, spiritual formation, and holistic mission in the context of authentic, caring community.
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