“Loving and leading People into a maturing relationship with Christ, as we walk across the community”
The first part of our mission statement is to “Love and Lead people into a maturing relationship with Christ.” We seek to fulfill this call by offering a variety of adult discipleship opportunities both on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings; as well as small groups, accountability triad’s, and retreats at other times throughout the year. While we believe that we are saved the moment we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we also believe that we spend the rest of our lives being transformed by God’s grace as we learn to be radically obedient to the gospel message. The core process for continuous learning is to receive information, put it into practice and then reflect on what happens. This leads to deep change in each of us and a new way of being.
The second part of our mission statement is “to walk across our community.” This is our way of saying that we believe that each of us are called to join God in bringing hope and healing to the world around us. We believe that in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and communities we are called to serve the poor, the marginalized, and those in need; that we are to work for the common good, and seek to restore individuals, social systems, and communities to God’s design. We currently are living into our mission through mobile food trucks, placing food in the back packs of children at our local school on Fridays so that their families will have food for the weekend, mentoring at risk students, building relationships with those who are homeless, and entering the lives of many in the midst of challenges and brokenness.
“We are called to be on mission with God to love the ones around us, especially the ones that are often overlooked or are in need.”
What is Missional Living?
We see what God is “interested in” in Isaiah 58: “What (God is) interested in seeing you do it: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and God will say, ‘Here I am.'” (The Message)
Isn’t it fascinating that the list of what God’s interested in doesn’t include how well-respected we are, what our social-media following is, what size clothes we wear, or so many other things that we spend our energies on? Missional living is getting out of our own way and allowing our lives to be about what – and whom- God’s heart is set upon.