What you believe about the world guides what you feel is important. How you dress, the kinds of music you listen to and the movies you watch, even how you interact with people, are all based on and reflect your values.
As a Christian myself, I want to encourage your faith in Jesus and equip you for a Christian lifestyle. As a community leader, I want to foster and facilitate a community, otherwise known as a church. This community will have both online and local expressions. This community will be made up of those of no faith, some faith, and committed faith.
A Church for Anyone
Churches, of course, come in all shapes and sizes, styles and persuasions. And no one knows this better than I!
I did not grow up in a Christian home. Since becoming a Christian in my teens, I have worked in various roles, in various churches, across 6 denominations. I believe this gives me a breadth of experience, able to mix and mingle with all sorts of believers and not-yet-believers. Others think this means I have a problem settling down. 😃
The kind of Christian community I would like to foster and facilitate will reflect the following values:1
- As pupils, we will engage, establish, equip and empower each other in a shared apprenticeship following Jesus.
- As people, we will open our lives and hearts to one another, choosing relationship and creating space around tables.
- As partygoers, we will passionately celebrate God and people.
- As peacemakers, we will pursue Jesus’ way of peace and serve as agents of reconciliation in all things.
- As pioneers, we will openly consider and pursue creative new ideas that contribute to our shared sense of mission, not afraid of adventure nor innovation.
- As planters, we will dedicate ourselves to natural, healthy growth and expansion, sharing our faith and multiplying our community, while embracing intentional ongoing relationships with other Christians and communities.
- I am completely indebted to my fellow Canadians, and brothers and sisters in faith, over at Reunion for ‘borrowing’ these “Culture Statements”, https://www.wearereunion.com/ (accessed 7-Feb-2019).