Launch Date is June 4!!!!
God is doing something new. But, He seems to be starting in the middle.
If we look around and are honest, we would have to say there is a problem with the church and how it is functioning. Why doesn't the church work?
We have a radical idea for starting something new in our area.
A group of leaders believe:
The church should work -- much better than it does today. It should be a driving influence where ever believers are found.
God has given us what we need. That means if it isn't working, we need to go back and figure it out, with His help and the wisdom He promises to give if we ask.
We were designed to be one. Yet, we are fragmented. And, the tendency is this: with every new understanding of truth we fragment again. A broken and disjointed physical body would not work well and neither will the body of Christ work well in this state.
We need to join. But, How? And, on what basis?
No one would attach a limb that was dead or diseased. To unite, sometimes we need to work on restoration and revival FIRST, then unite.
My blood, muscles and bones supply what my hand needs to function. My hand feeds my body so that my blood, muscles and bones can be live. Ministries and churches have strengths and weakness. They could help each other so that we can better serve Him. They not only could, they should. This exchange is what joins the body together. But to join in ministry, we need to make ministry visible.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 says “Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes my [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will surely come; it will not be behindhand [late] on its appointed day.’ (AMP) This means 2 things..
A. The vision and our approach will be made visible.
B. Ministry: What the strengths of each church and ministry that they can provide to others will be made visible. What we are willing to receive from other ministries needs to be made visible. There are missing ministries in every area, these need to be made visible and we need to ask: Who will stand in the gap. This we call the Ministry Wall. It makes ministry visible!
So, what do we see forming? Kingdom Communities!
But, Kingdom Communities already exist. That is true. We expect to see them multiply and link! That is why I said, we are starting in the middle.
What is different?
Ok, we've heard of efforts to come together as a church. They never really do much. What is different?
A. We're not planning on just uniting to do a couple initiatives together... we are planning on making our ministies visible to we can support and be supported down deep. This is really 'organic', not just surface. This has been never done before in the US, that I know of...
B. I can't overemphasize how important the 'visibility' part is to this -- right down to equipping each and every person, that is each individual person, with the ability to make the vision visible to people who ask, "So, what's happening? What's it all about?" This has never been done before, that I know of...
C. Help leaders learn how to 'test' their ministry efforts. Help want-to-be leaders/planters have a framework to test their effort ~~ to make sure all the 'elements' are in place. See the attachments in the second post below. This has never happened before, that I know of...
We expect incredible revival to occur!
Attached are three documents...
1) Ministry Wall. This is a snap shot of what it will look like when it is done. This wall will be acutal pieces of cloth with ministires visible and a website making ministries visible.
2) Visibility. This is a core concept and core value. It is also Hab. 2:2-3
3) Town Hall. This is a snap shot of monthly meetings that are planned to bring communities together. And, I might add, they will have core values, too. One is, "Morals Matter". We will not allow items that are of 'immoral' nature to come to the table, i.e.: promotion of abortion, gay marriage, etc.