how to become great
WE ARE A ‘MISSIONAL’ CHURCH
OUR MISSION IS…
"To CREATE A CHURCH THAT FULFILS ALL FACETS of the GREAT COMMISSION through REACHING, INFLUENCING and BUILDING the GENERATIONS, and FOCUSING their ENERGY toward MAKING A DIFFERENCE in EVERY SPHERE OF LIFE"
HENCE THE TERM “A COMMUNITY OF FAITH AND ACTION”
We will be known or defined not merely by what we believe but also by what we do
JESUS' FINAL INSTRUCTION to the Church was THE GREAT COMMISSION:
Here at the G we call this the RIB mandate (RIB = REACH-INFLUENCE-BUILD)
We journey people through these 3 zones and then create pathways for believers to become REACHERS INFLUENCERS and BUILDERS
Matthew 28v19 – 20 outlines THE GREAT COMMISSION which EMBODIES 3 ZONES and 6 CORE VALUES
REACH (ZONE 1)
19 Therefore GO and make disciples of ALL nations...
2 REACH VALUES... INTENTIONAL AND INCLUSIVE
GO is INTENTIONAL. We value being INTENTIONAL.
We don't go anywhere in life without some intentionality.
Here at the G we are intentional in the way we reach people. They may have come to our venue but we intentionally go to them in our approach to the way we structure our GATHERINGS, work in our GROUPS or approach individuals. We also believe it is our responsibility to GO and meet people where they are at.
ALL NATIONS is INCLUSIVE. We value being INCLUSIVE.
Here at the G we are inclusive in the way we reach people. We are not here to judge people we exist to love people. We don't say Believe then Behave and then we'll allow you to Belong. We say come and Belong because we are inclusive in our approach.
Throughout each persons journey of faith they may come to believe, and through their connection to God, or others, their behaviour may change but that's all up to each individual and the choices they make. It won't change the way we approach you. YOU can BELONG here.
INFLUENCE (ZONE 2)
19 "Therefore go and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations BAPTIZING THEM in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
2 INFLUENCE VALUES... LEARNING AND LEAVING
A DISCIPLE is a LEARNER. We value being a LEARNER.
Staying teachable is essential for growth and advancement in every sphere of life.
BAPTIZING THEM is about LEAVING. We value what it means to LEAVE the old.
LEAVING the old and rising to the NEW signifies the possibilities that become available to us through the rebirthing process that Jesus taught his followers about. This means we can always find a fresh start as a Christ follower. No matter what our background, or the narrative of our former selves, this transformative process allowing us to embrace a new self and new possibilities is available to us. Everyone continues to have some things in their lives that they are not proud of, or defining moments we wish we could break free from. We can change the story of our lives!
BUILD (ZONE 3)
20 "and TEACHING THEM to OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. And SURELY I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, to the VERY END OF THE AGE."
2 BUILD VALUES... OBEDIENCE AND LOVE
LOVE AND OBEDIENCE ARE INTRINSIC
OBEDIENCE = taught to obey EVERYTHING
LOVE = JESUS isn't GOING ANYWHERE