We’re continuing to post on the vision and values of our church plant.
So far: 1. “Why?” – 2. Our mission – 3. Skeptics and Dreamers – 4. Missionary communities – 5. Journey, Honesty, Community
Today, four more values: Participation, Oikos, Simplicity, and Wonder
As followers of Jesus, we believe that we are not called to be spectators, but participants. Everyone gets to play in the kingdom of God. Therefore, we want to see what God is doing and join Him in it throughout the week, not just for a few hours a week. Our community structures will reflect this value, providing opportunity and need for everyone to step up and contribute in the areas the Spirit has gifted them.
Oikos is a Greek word that means family, sphere of influence or relationships. Most people come to embrace and live out the way of Jesus because of relationships with others in their oikos. Therefore, we take our oikoi (that’s the plural) very seriously; our spheres of influence, connections, networks, relationships with those who are spiritually disconnected. We see our vocation as sacred. We believe that people will become followers of Jesus through our intentional time, effort, energy, love, prayer, faith and life with them.
In an age of hyper-stimulation, we value simplicity over spectacle, substance over appearance, spiritual nutrition over immediate gratification, sustained attention over serial distraction, long-term formation over short-term excitement. We value doing ministry simply enough that we can be shaped and formed by common spiritual disciplines without expending undue effort in making something more complex than it needs to be. We desire to keep our structures lean, lightweight, and low-maintenance.
We live in a cynical age. It’s easy to go along with that attitude, and you’ll get a few laughs for awhile, but we want to be people who are overwhelmed with joy because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We want to be people who respond to God with wonder, passion, and heartfelt worship, even if we lose some “face” because of it.
Next post – Creativity, Roots, Justice, Truth
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