“A missional church making disciples through
Christ-Centered, Community-Focused, Culturally-Engaged
worship, groups, service and multiplication.”
OK, what does that even mean?
Let's break it down...
It's been said that Jesus didn't give his church a mission, rather, he gave his mission a church. We are a people on a mission. Together we become the church- a new people, a new creation, a new gathering. The church is so much more than a building or a Sunday service. It is everyone- near and far, past, present and future- who calls Jesus "Lord." It is, as the bible says, “The body of Christ.” We are the church when we gather together and when we go out into the world. We are the church when we are singing songs and learning as a community, and we are the church when we reach out to one person in need.
Making disciples is the mission that makes us a church. Just as Jesus’ life was driven by the mission to glorify his heavenly Father by making disciples, this mission is at the center of Apex Church. A disciple is a person- religious or irreligious, moral or immoral- who has been reconciled into relationship with God through new birth by trust in the gospel and is now growing in love for God, people and the world, and is committed to a local church.
“Christ Centered. Community Focused. Culturally Engaged.”
Everything we do centers on Jesus Christ. It is to glorify and make him known. Everything we do is connected to our community. It begins in the place where God has put us, loving our literal neighbors. Everything we do must be culturally engaged- it must connect to this time, place and generation. It must glorify God, but it must make sense to people who have never been part of a church before.
Worship is the fuel for our mission of making disciples.
Life is an ongoing expression of worship. Every thought, word, action and motive is an expression of our allegiance, whether to our God, ourselves, or something else. Therefore Worship cannot be narrowed down to a particular time and place. There are no neutral desires or deeds; all of life is worship! Worship is an opportunity to receive, remember, respond and rejoice in our salvation in Jesus Christ. This happens by gathering in a weekly worship service and committing to daily personal devotion, or “Daily Office.”
Groups create the context for discipleship to happen.
We worship a triune God, who has eternally existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the tri-unity of God we recognize that God is communal. Therefore, bearing the image of God, we were made for community. Church is not merely a place that we attend, but a people to whom we belong. Discipleship is a radical call amid a culture of casual involvement. Life Groups are our way of structuring and creating community.
Service is the embodiement of genuine discipleship.
Jesus came to serve, not to be served. Jesus is not just our savior, but our Lord and the model for our lives. Service is an expression of love to glorify God. Those who know they have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus are compelled to serve with joy and thankfulness.
Multiplication is the result of "disciples making disciples."
Disciples make more disciples. Churches plant more churches. We exist because people before us believed the good news about Jesus, began to follow, and were faithful to the call to "go." They gave so we could grow. This is what we intend to do.
Finally, a word on Ownership...
We don't talk about membership. Not because membership is a bad thing. We just don't think it's useful to reach new people or to be a church for people not into church. Instead we like to talk about "ownership." If you've ever owned a car or home, you know that: Owners fix the problem. Owners invest for the future. Owners ask what they can do.
We see owners doing these 5 things (not just these 5, but they are pretty important)...
- a Bringer to the worship service
- a Participant in a Life Group
- a Servant on a Ministry Team
- a Pastor to their place (that means you're actually trying to love your literal neighbors, coworkers, friends)
- a Giver to God through the church