We seek to partner with other simple forms of Christ-centered ministries to work with the poor and needy in the community. We journey with the needy in their struggles and point the community to discover life transformation in Christ.
We serve Jesus, investing time and energy directly into people organically with one-on-one, face-to-face, and low-structure means not driven by needs themselves, but by God Himself. We are a family organism within community, rather than a conventional organization structure.
As we actively cultivate relationships, we network small and intimate gatherings of people around meeting Christ together. Instead of using our time to manage programs, each believer in our community seeks 10-15 pre-Christian relationships for discipleship.
Many institutions solicit mission as a highly-structured, competitive agenda, controlled by hierarchical and dominating leadership. They are often program-driven to market a name, and must relent to fundraising pyramid schemes, campaigns, and the wealth of elders/boards to sustain operation. Large budgets to include building, administrative, program, fundraising costs and salaries must be managed in order to keep the these institutional systems afloat.
Our community functions in a different paradigm from institutional conventions in practicing church and extending ourselves to needy. The Church that employs institutional systems are restrictive, unnecessary and many cases abusive with power and mismanagement of funds. For Christ's incarnate mission to work fruitfully among community, we believe in the Lord's leading, as modeled in Scripture, and how the the early apostles provided an example for us from the 1st century Church.
The real "success" is not in what we do, but what Christ is doing in us and through us among community. It is His Life, working incarnationally within each of us, poured out to others. Success is measured by conversations and God's transformative work in pre-Christian relationships, not by numbers, people helped or decisions for Christ made.
We don't convert anyone, Jesus does. He uses us as His servants to make disciples, and He causes the growth for exponential multiplication as we align ourselves with His Kingdom way of being and doing. Our desire is that those relationships will in turn become disciples of Christ and develop their own 10-15 relationships within 3-5 years of the initial ones being developed. This form of growth is similar to the reproduction of a starfish.
For a more in-depth look at this form of reproduction, read The Starfish Manifesto by Wolfgang Simson Click here for information to download and open the password protected document.