We use a phrase to describe our church – “A Family on a Mission”. We borrowed this phrase from the larger family of churches we belong to called Salt and Light. By this phrase we mean not so much that we do “missions,” but that we are missional in our outlook and practice. The word “mission” is derived from the word apostle, which means “sent one.” Therefore, to be missional means we are constantly focused outward as a church family to take the gospel to all who need it. We see missions as reaching out to a neighborhood in our city with an after-school program for children, or touching the local university, or planting a church in the nearby town of Edina; or planting a church in Fresno, California; or even reaching out to the Philippines to help our friends Bobby and Noemi as they work to win a city and an island to Christ.
The world is not dying for lack of American church culture. What lost people need is Kingdom culture. And Kingdom culture is best expressed by sons and daughters taking the good news to those living in darkness. Whether that darkness is on a college campus or on an island in the Philippines, God wants to bring His light into people’s lives and break off the things that hold them in bondage. God wants to reproduce His family everywhere. To make this happen, churches must be missional in their focus to reach the world. Come join us in this vision. Work with our family as we endeavor to reach our neighborhoods; our city and other cities; this nation and other nations. Jesus told us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). It is a big job, but we rely on the strength and grace that God gives as He directs our lives to extend His family.
Going out into the world to share Christ with others is sometimes about going to a neighborhood. Several years ago, a young man in our church felt the compassion of God for a neighborhood in our city called Devlin Place. Specifically, he felt the compassion of God for the children there. So he worked with the church to start an after-school program to help these children with their homework, to provide a place they could come to be with tutors who cared not just about their schoolwork but about their hearts. He called it the PEACE Program.Since then, other young people in the church have caught both the vision and the heart for the PEACE Program. It has grown and is touching the lives of both the children who come and the young people who serve them. Check out the PEACE Program website (The PEACE Program was born out of a Kingdom Expansion project for STEPS. To learn more about STEPS, visit the STEPS website: http://stepseminars.com/)