Our Vision + Mission
The mission of our church seeks to answer the question, “Why do we exist?” And the vision answers the question, “What will the future look like if we fulfill our mission?”
Our mission is the same as what the Church’s mission has been for over 2,000 years:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20
We distill Jesus’ Great Commission in these two ways:
1. The effective proclamation of the Gospel to all humanity, making “disciples” of Jesus.
2. The development and transformation of those disciples’ character into the character of Christ Himself.
So this is our combined Mission + Vision:
Mission: To make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded.
Vision: A community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city.
But what does it mean to “follow Jesus”? How do you actually do that? When we look at the Gospels and what Jesus’ disciples did, it seems that we could sum up following Jesus in these three ways:
Be with Jesus
Become like Jesus
Do what Jesus did
But how can we actually change to become the type of people who follow Jesus by doing those things? That’s where our Theory of Change comes in. We believe people change through:
The Holy Spirit
Admittedly, this Vision + Mission is a lot to keep track of, and we’re always seeking to refine it. Here’s how we’re currently finding it helpful to sum up:
We are a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city
by being with Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and doing what Jesus did
through truth, community, practice and the Holy Spirit.
To the right, you can watch or listen to our Lead Pastor Dave Lomas share our Mission + Vision from January’s Annual Vision & Prayer presentation (Vision + Mission starts about 05:30 in).