SixEight Church’s Vision
Disciples making disciple-makers.
SixEight Church’s Mission
Disciples who Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly.
Our Common Language/Our Core Values/Our Manifesto
We are trying to be different. On Purpose. Not just by accident. For that to happen, we have to intentionally look at everything we do as a church and ask, is this what God had in mind when he sent His son to die on a cross for the world? As a church, we are willing to do away with anything that doesn’t help us reach that end. We don’t cling to the way things have been done, just because they’ve always been done that way. This process may take us some time, and we are okay with that. But, we are looking for people who are willing to join us in trying to pave a new road for the Church.
We no longer accept the way church has been done and believe that only God can set the agenda for the church and not man-made systems and structures that aren’t found in the pages of the bible.
We don’t think Jesus came to institute a new religion, we know that Jesus came to institute the covenant of grace. We believe religion gets in the way of real faith.
And this is what the church is supposed to be about sharing the grace of Jesus with a broken world. And that’s what we’re all about.
As people encounter grace, the will be compelled to surrender their lives to God’s higher purpose and calling. This will be seen in the public profession of their faith we call baptism. (Acts 2:28-27)
We know we can’t live the Christ-like life on our own strength, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. (Col. 1:27)
We live in awe of what God has done for us and stop to remember this sacrifice every Sunday through communion. (1 Cor. 11:23-26)
We see the brokenness of the messed up world we live in and know the only way to bring hope is through Jesus. (John 14:24-27)
We don’t listen to the negative voices of those who would seek to make the church about themselves, but seek to hear the voices of those who aren’t yet here. (1 Thes. 5:11-13)
- Because Christ loved us in this we, we seek to love the world in this same manner. It is by following Christ into death that we find life. (John 12:26; Matthew 16:24-26)
We aren’t seeking to have a few leaders of thousands but to have thousands of leaders of a few.
We will not allow the opinion of other churches to define the kind of church God has called us to be. It isn’t a competition, it’s a collaboration.
- Because of this, we rebel against the idea that mission of the church is to make church people happy. Instead, we seek to be a people who live the love of Christ in a broken and fallen world.
We don’t think it is the responsibility of paid church staff members to do the work of ministry, but that every member of our church has a role to play as a member of this body.
We place a high value on creativity and entrepreneurship because the gospel is relevant to all times and generations, if it has lost its relevance, it is because we have clung to outdated methods of sharing it.
We believe in the power of teamwork because we are the body of Christ, made up of many members.
We don’t believe church is a building or a thing you go to. We believe church is the people.
- Because of this, we place a high value on our gathering times. Not because of the time in the building, but because of the time together.
We believe belonging precedes believing and to reach the people God has put in our lives, we have help people belong first.
- Because of this, we strive to live in authentic, covenantal community with one another. (Acts 2:42-47)
We believe there is a truth to be known and that truth begins in the person of Jesus Christ. (John 1:14)
We aren’t here to make you feel comfortable, we are here to push you out of your comfort-zone and into an area of growth and possibility.
We no longer assume people know who Jesus was and seek to make Him known through our lives.
We don’t seek to impose our beliefs on an unbelieving world but seek find common ground through relationship. (1 Cor. 5:12-13)
We don’t care what you look like, how you dress or any other superficial characteristic that others may have judged you for. (Gen. 1:26-27)
We will fight to bring Justice to the oppressed through the means we are given. (Micah 6:8)
We aren’t trying to get rich by gaining a lot of followers. We use money to advance the movement of SixEight Church. (Mal. 3:6-12)
We live generous lives because has been given to us was not deserved. (2 Cor. 9:7-11)
We will be thankful for we have been given much. (1 Thes. 5:18)
This may not be the place for you if you don’t think the church needs to change or that the way it’s always been done is good enough.
We are a community of misfits, rejects and outcasts and all kinds of messed up people in need of grace. And we’re okay with that. (Rom. 3:23)
We believe in the covenant of grace and that Jesus came to establish this covenant and overthrow the belief that religion can get you to God. (John 3:16-21)
We believe that repentance is what is required of us in turning to God and to be able to receive God’s grace we have to let go of the lure of this world. (Acts 2:38-39)
We seek to derive our beliefs from what the Bible says and Jesus did instead of simply believing everything as it has been presented to us from others. (The Bible)
We believe everyone is made in God’s image and that means their life is valuable. It is not what they do that makes them of worth, it’s whose image they are made in. (Gen. 1:26-27)
- Because of this we believe we ought to be loving and accepting of everyone who bears the same image we posses. (James 2:1-3)
- Because of this we seek to be a community that doesn’t judge by outward appearance because the one who made us looks at our heart. (1 Sam 16:7)
We are all about making disciples who make disciple-makers. This was Jesus’ last command to us, and we believe this is our mission as the church. This is our vision. (Matt. 28:18-20)
- Because of this, our vision is for people and we don’t see people as a means of achieving a vision.
We are more concerned about who we’re reaching than who we’re keeping. (Matt. 18:10-14)
We believe in the family and want to see families restored and built up in our community. (Eph. 5:21-6:9)
We believe it is our responsibility to shine the light of God’s love into our world and that God has already put 8 – 15 people in our lives to reach for His Kingdom. (Mark 5:18-20)
We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams. We think the best days the church are in front of us, not behind us. And we join with the creator of the universe to create the best possible future for His church.
We will NOT play it safe. We WILL take risks. The cause is great and the eternal destiny of souls is at risk. We cannot afford to sit idly by, but must take action and fight to win. (1 Cor. 9:24-27)
What Do You Think?
Does this sound like something you want to be involved in? Maybe it’s time for you to get in touch and check us out? You can contact us via the contact page, follow us on twitter or like our Facebook page, or just show up on a Sunday for service, or show up at the Food Pantry on Wednesdays to serve. Either way, if you agree with what we’re trying to do, we need you.
And that’s the thing. It does you no good to just agree with us. But, what will do you good is to get involved. We are an active church. There are plenty of churches and organizations where you can be a passive attender. But, what God has given us to do, requires action. It requires us to be active in our church, it requires us to be active in our community and it requires us to be active in our 8 to 15.
On a different note, if what you have just read makes you mad, we would ask you why? Why are you mad about this? Are you mad because you think church is supposed to be done differently? Or are you mad because you want to do this at your church, but you know that’s not going to happen? Maybe you’re mad because you know it’s true. Or maybe you’re mad because you’re so comfortable with the structure of church you’re used to that you’ve never even thought about whether or not it’s the right way to do things.
Whatever the case, wherever you land, this is what we know: we can’t sit around in our padded pews and cushiony chairs and expect the world to come to us. We have to go into the world and love them unconditionally. We have to go into the world and do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. That’s the thing, we are the light of the world. If we are going to be the light, that means we have to go into the darkness and light it up. What good is it for all the lights to spend all their time together shine their lights in each others’ enlightened faces?
The reality is, we live in a dark world. It’s messed up it so many ways. It’s broken. It’s fallen. It full of messed up people doing messed up things. But there is hope. In fact, what some have called the darkest times might very well be our finest hour. All we need is some people to share their light, and the world is waiting to catch fire.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.