We build and plant gospel-centered churches.
Jesus commissioned his disciples to take the gospel to the world. They did so by planting churches. This wasn’t by chance – it was God’s plan, and his plan hasn’t changed. God’s strategy for fulfilling the Great Commission is planting churches.
Therefore we are committed to planting churches all over the world. We are also committed to building or re-planting existing churches around the gospel, in order that they may fulfill Jesus’ mission to their community and the world.
Our vision is to plant 1000 churches in our generation.
Gospel-centered. The gospel changes everything. The gospel is not simply the means by which we are converted – it is also the message by which we are transformed. Only the gospel can change our hearts to truly love and follow God. So we seek to make the gospel, and Jesus himself, the center of all we do. That includes not just what we believe, but how we do ministry – how we build and plant churches. The gospel is the foundation that shapes and drives all of our theology and our practice. (1 John 4:19; John 15:3-5)
Deep and wide. The gospel calls us to care about both depth and width. Churches that prioritize depth but not width make “mature” disciples, but don’t always reach the lost. Churches that prioritize width but not depth “reach” the lost, but often don’t make mature disciples. The Great Commission calls for both. Width without depth doesn’t last. Depth without concern for width is not real depth. So we care deeply about theology and making mature disicples, but we are also driven with a sense of urgency to reach the lost. (Matt 28:18-20)
Missional and attractional. Mission is not just a program of the church. Mission defines the church. This takes two forms. First, the corporate gatherings of the church should themselves be missional, leading believers and unbelievers to encounter Christ. This missional nature of the gathered church makes it attractional. Second, the whole church is to be equipped and sent as missionaries to the city. The church is not an audience but an army. Therefore we equally emphasize the gathering and scattering of the church for mission. (John 20:21; 1 Cor 14:16-23; 1 Pet 2:4-9; John 1:14)
Church-based. The local church is God’s plan for fulfilling the Great Commission. Through the church, God proclaims and demonstrates his love to the world. Not only is God’s strategy for advancing the gospel in the world planting churches, but no institution is given that responsibility more than the local church. Therefore we are not a network which plants churches, but churches planting churches. Our desire is to build and plant multiplying churches. (Matt 28:18-20; Eph 3:8-10)
Reaching the unreached. The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time. We prioritize preaching the gospel where Christ is not known. We focus on planting in strategic cities, because cities are the places of greatest need. When we plant outside major cities, we do so with the purpose of establishing sending centers from which people will be mobilized to take the gospel to the world. (Matt 24:14; Rom 15:20.)
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