Mission is the things you do in order to make the vision become reality.
So, the list below includes the things we will seek to do, by God's grace, to see the vision of Disciples Church Springfield become a reality:
In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In Christian terms, a community is a group of people sharing life. The Christian life cannot be lived in isolation. Jesus intends that all of his followers participate in Christian community. More than participate, He intends that his followers immerse themselves in Christian community! We want to experience the love of Christ in authentic relationships with one another and with our friends who are learning about Jesus. So we’re cultivating a rich climate of love, joy, and fellowship in Christ. Our Missional Community Groups are our primary means for developing authentic community.
Jesus tells us to make disciples and to teach them to do all that He commands. So we want to make more and better disciples. We want to be disciples who make disciples who make disciples. More disciples are made as we share the Love of our lives with our friends. Better disciples love and follow Jesus more and more faithfully. More and better disciples bring Jesus glory and bring us joy. Our primary place for helping one another to be disciples who make disciples is in our Missional Community Groups.
We are the body of Christ. Jesus has given every one of us gifts for service. Our pastors and elders are to equip us to use those gifts and do the work of ministry. The idea of investing our time in eternal-kingdom stuff thrills us. We don’t want to be the sit-on-your-backside-and-do-nothing kind of Christians. We want to make a big dent in the world.
We want to be a church that is wisely relevant. This means we’ll seek to discern which parts of the culture we should challenge and which parts we should redeem. It is biblically wise to be culturally relevant. It is biblically unwise to be culturally irrelevant. We are not of the world yet we are in the world. We will struggle to be both faithful to God and Scripture and relevant to the world around us. This struggle requires biblical wisdom.