Defining the mission or purpose of a church can be complex and convoluted. We’d rather keep it simple. Obviously, we exist to introduce people to Jesus Christ and to help them become fully devoted followers (or disciples). But we want to do more than populate heaven. We want to help God’s people – those who know Him well already and those yet to meet Him – discover the unique ways He has put us together and how we can serve in His great cause to redeem and restore the world He loves.
The Apostle Paul captured it well in his letter to the Ephesian Christians. He described the purpose for which God gives leadership “gifts” to the church as:
. . . to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up— Ephesians 4:12
Lots of implications stem from this:
- We believe all of God’s people are “gifted” or “empowered” by his Spirit to serve . . .
- We think serving in God’s cause is normal Christian behaviour, and that passive involvement is less than normal; therefore we’re committed to resourcing people to understand, grow and experiment in their service for God . . .
- We view the ministry of our church as NOT having been delegated to staff (i.e. Pastors or Ministers) to do on their behalf; everyone has a vital part to play in making the church function properly . . .
- We don’t ask church members to get behind the vision and purpose of leaders; we see the role of leaders as supporting and encouraging the vision and purpose of church members . . .
- We expect that a healthy, functioning church – where all play their part – inevitably grows and extends its reach . . .
- We observe that God does the most amazing things through ordinary people who pursue the seeds of ideas that God sows within them . . .
There’s a lot more to say about all of this. The mission Jesus left for his followers (Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21) is broad and diverse. It calls us into personal relationship with God, and in turn sets us to work in His ongoing story of redeeming His broken creation.
In short, we want to be a church that puts people to work, resources their ideas for mission, equips them to serve, facilitates their healing and wholeness . . . and has a lot of fun along the journey!
Who knows where all of this might lead, or what our church will look like in the years ahead? If you’re up for the adventure we invite you to join us for an exciting ride!