We believe the gospel is the power of God for salvation through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ saving us for the purpose of glorifying God and participating in his mission of saturation through making disciples who make disciples. The gospel is at work in the past, present, and future:
We believe we have been saved from the penalty of sin
We believe we are being saved from the power of sin
We believe we will be saved from the presence of sin
We believe that we have been given a new identity in Christ. We are now children of God (family) sent by the power of the Spirit (missionaries) to serve our King (servants) in fulfilling his mission to be disciples who make disciples.
As a community made up of smaller Missional Communities, we aim to learn and grow in this communally, as Family, Missionaries, and Servants together.
Our primary structure is through living together closely as Missional Communities. These communities are small groups of believers who live out their identity as Family, Missionaries, and Servants together in all of life. Because of this communal identity, rooted in our baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, these groups are meant to be more than social groups, bible studies, or service organizations. They are all of those things and more; They are disciple makers. Sections below provide details on some of our guiding principles and practices for our Missional Communities.
Rhythms of Life
In order to lead people to see all of life as mission we must equip each other to engage in everyday rhythms with gospel intentionality – doing what we would normally do differently in light of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Everyday rhythms are activities that humans engaged in prior to their rebellion and now are engaged in by all people everywhere on a regular basis in all parts of the world. These rhythms of life are not the result of sinful rebellion (like relational discord, suffering and death), but they have been affected by sin. We show the world what it looks like to worship God in all of life by living out these same rhythms in submission to Jesus Christ.
These everyday rhythms are Eat, Listen, Story, Bless, Celebrate, and ReCreate (Work, Play, and Rest). Our Missional Communities each plan out how they will live out their identity using rhythms of life as a guide to see all of life through the lens of the Kingdom of God.
Organic & Organized
Missional Communities never work if we try to “add them on” to our lives. This is often a difficult shift for people to make, because many of us are used to thinking of anything involving church primarily through the lens of events and programs. We hear about MCs (Missional Communities), and our automatic response is to imagine them primarily as a new program the church is trying out or a new kind of event we might like to try. MCs never really work if we treat them as programs or a series of events. When you think about MCs, think lifestyle - life together - not events.
However, in the midst of the organic reality of life together, healthy families, as well as MCs, also have an organized element to them. Missional church is both the intentionally organized meetings and practices, but places equal intentionality on the organic nature of our lives and interactions between and around these events.
Meetings & Practices
While we hope to grow to having multiple Missional Communities, we believe gathering the local church together regularly is important (Hebrews 10:24-25). This time encourages us in our upward worship towards God, in remembrance, praise, and admonishment. Currently we are meeting twice a month for worship gatherings and the preaching of the word.
Eating is a common rhythm of life and a powerful time and space for us to grow as family and welcome others in to enjoy the simple act of breaking bread with one another. Our Missional Communities eat regularly with one another, inviting neighbors and friends to spend time with us in community, sharing stories, and practicing hospitality and service.
Jesus, during the last supper at passover taught us that the cup and bread are his blood and body, given for us. He then taught us to practice this often in remembrance of him. We take communion at every gathering (with optional wine or juice), in order that our upward time together may center on remembering the love of God in worship, remembrance, and obedience.
The term “DNA group” refers to a group that ideally consists of three to five people - gender specific - who meet together weekly. DNA Groups provide a structure for us to care deeply for one another and to foster growth as disciples of Jesus. DNA is an acronym that reminds of us three key components of discipleship: Discover, Nurture, and Act. The goal is to help one another to discover Jesus in the Scriptures, nurture the truths of the gospel in our hearts, and faithfully act on what the Spirit calls us to do. Our DNA group are a major factor in our growth as a disciple (someone who is learning to apply the gospel to absolutely every part of life).
The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole (Matthew 28:19); thus mission is not a program in the church but an essential identity of the Church. The Church is the missionary people of God sent into all of life to accomplish his purposes.
We aim to have every Missional Community working together toward a common mission through the guiding help and power of the Holy Spirit in order to bring good news to those He has called us to. By doing so as a community, we disciple one another toward being missionaries in all of life.
Jesus didn't come to be served, but to serve. In His command to love others, and in honor of our neighbors being image bearers of God, we seek to find ways to serve on another as a community to the community.
In the same way we call our MCs to seek common mission together, we also ask our MCs to seek out common ways to serve those God has called the MC to serve.