To provide a safe and loving environment where ALL people can experience the oneness that Jesus desires for us. “ I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” - John 17:22 (NIV)
Life is about relationships; first with God then with others. God created us to enjoy a relationship with Him, and with others. Attending church on Sunday is an important part of a person's spiritual journey. Gathering with others in a smaller group / MC to carry out the mission of God is equally as important in making disciples.
Call to Action:
IMPACT is not intended to be a “minister-centered” culture, instead the vision is for us to be a body of Christ model by having every member involved in ministry and mission. But, it won’t happen without some real engagement in learning about and having an opportunity to experience Missional Communities. The vision is for IMPACT to be actively engaged in forming disciples, with Missional Communities being a focus for the entire congregation with intentional outreach and a vision to help extend the ministry (in the church) and mission (external – in the community).
God created us in such a way that we won't be fulfilled or happy unless we serve others. Missional Communities give us opportunities to serve the people we know and/or serve with the people we know. We all have an inherent spiritual challenge that calls us to reach out to people who are separated from God - people who are seeking Him, returning to the church, or just starting out in faith. We need to be involved in serving people with physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
We also need to serve people who are already followers of Jesus. There is a biblical metaphor of a body with different parts, each part helps the whole body (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 5:23). So as an MC challenges members to live out their purpose, they often help identify the unique skills and abilities (also known as spiritual gifts) that each member has been given to shape our world and our church. This is NOT just "identification", but a call to action.