I was so excited about the time we shared together this weekend. The cookout was a blast (even though Clay beat me twice in Corn Hole), and our Sunday Core Team gathering was a rich time of fellowship and blessing for many. I pray that what we talked about today will have an impact on eternity in some way because of the grace of God.
We introduces an important theme for our church: "OUTSIDE THE WALLS!" This is the mindset that MOST (not all, but most) of what we will do and focus on as a church will happen OUTSIDE THE WALLS of a church building. We don't want to be a church that focuses on Sunday morning. We want to focus on the whole life of our people and make disciples, not church attenders.
Today, we talked we showed both of these videos and talked about what it looks like to be a missional church and a community church. We have a strong desire to be both of those, hence the name, "Mission Community" Church. Here are the two videos:
We also talked about what success looks like for a missional church and I appreciated your feedback and the heart that each person displayed. Here is what we defined as "success" for the a missional church: to plant seeds, to be faithful, to develop missional individual and communities, develop a passion for the missional life, to create (by God's grace) a heart and attitude of worship, to be humble and selfless servants who live out of grace, to live in a constant state of brokenness, to have healthy families (marriage and legacy) within our church, to be good listeners, for the leadership of MCC to equip the saints for ministry, to make disciples and see life change (maturity), to see neighborhoods changed, and to plant churches (multiplication). These are some great ways to measures success for a church body.
As the Lead Pastor, I thought I would briefly share a few things that would delight my heart to see. In other words, here are a few ways that I would deem my ministry a "success" as a Pastor. If my people were: seeking and enjoying Jesus, were operating Biblically within marriage, demonstrating and declaring the Gospel in their homes to their children, living on mission in their community groups, suffering with hope, making disciples, impacting their neighborhoods, being set free from bondage, able to defend their faith, and generous with everything God has given them to steward.
Let's pray that God would do His work within us and that we would delight in the finished work of Christ and live out of our new identity as children of God who get to display that glory of our God!
Love you guys!