New Church Manifesto.001As an exercise to wordsmith our mission statement,we decided to write down and finish the statement “We see a future with…..”

Over several weeks, we captured the thoughts that we had.

You need to know, there are problems with these statements.  They are not word-smithed to be easy to read for people who don’t know church lingo.  They aren’t designed to be memorable so that they are portable. 

Also, they aren’t to serve as official foundational statements to our church.  These are just statements that came to mind as we were reflecting.  Some of them could cause people to say “but what about…..” or “that’s just a reaction to….”  Again, these aren’t to be theological statements, and we wouldn’t recommend anyone getting a tattoo of any one of these statements.  They are merely thoughts we had as we worked on putting into a simple statement the totality of the vision we have. 

So, we have a vision found for Christ’s church in scripture.  We also have a “next step” vision or what we are calling our milestones.  In our milestones, we prayerfully seek from God a vision for the near future. Then, we will put it out in front of our church and accomplish it by aligning every resource we steward toward it. 

Coastal City Church Vision:

As you Go through life; Reach, Baptize, & Teach

Coastal City Church Mission:

We equip people to connect with God, connect with others and connect others with God.

Coastal City Church Milestones:

In our first 1,000 days; we will see 1,000 new believers, 1,000 people experience small group and 1,000 people serving to reach people far from God

Future Church Manifesto:

We see a future with new and revitalized churches full of people surrendered to Jesus and in alignment with their spiritual gifts, passion and personality working with urgency to reach people far from God.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches working to make Jesus famous over the name of the church or the personality of the pastor.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches with the best of the best growth-minded communicators, musicians, artists, storytellers, dreamers, builders, designers, leaders, administrators, change agents, and creatives all fully committed to Jesus to do whatever it takes, short of sin, to reach people far from God.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches that are debt free, that take action only when resources and opportunity are present, aligned with God’s will and prayerfully and fully surrendered to God. 

We see a future with new and revitalized churches caring and providing for the needy, the orphans and the disadvantaged by connecting them to the hope of Jesus, equipping them with skills and walking the journey with them to self-sufficiency where the only one they rely on is God through the Holy Spirit because of who Jesus is.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches teaching a complete Biblical message full of Grace and Truth where people, through the love-filled life-giving conviction of the Holy Spirit find their identity in Christ and not the world.   

We see a future where people turn to new and revitalized churches for instruction in studying scripture so people can learn Gods design for healthy finances, marriages, parenting, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and everything else we need to know to live an abundant life fully surrendered to Jesus Christ.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches alive with enthusiasm for change for the sake of reaching those far from God.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches where the staff equip the members to do the ministry and staff clear the path.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches radical about connecting people in genuine small group communities where safety, accountability, spiritual growth, new friendships and fun are experienced by all.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches where people are more excited to move to welcome someone new than stay in a routine of comfort.

We see a future of new and revitalized churches where teens are so highly engaged and experiencing a life-giving change in a multi-generational service that they can’t imagine being anywhere else but in the local church at least once a week for corporate Worship and once a week in a small group for the rest of their life.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches that lead a community to such a higher standard of living that property values increase.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches that count people in services to make better operational decisions and count people far from God still to make better ministry decisions.

We see a future where people turn to new and revitalized churches from the areas of; the arts and entertainment, business, education, the family, government, and media for moral direction, best practices, productivity, effectiveness, ethics, and social justice leadership based on doing what Jesus asks of us. 

We see a future with new and revitalized churches that are connecting people to their personal God-ordained purpose that is more appealing to participate in than any attraction of sin on their life.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches that are not afraid to speak the truth in love and embrace every word of the Bible, even the uncomfortable ones.

We see a future with new and revitalized churches that are bursting with the love, mercy, grace, happiness, joy and peace of Jesus Christ and moved into action from a broken heart for people still far from God.

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