Mission Groups, Covenant and Shared Practices

Mission Groups

Our Mission Groups are more than just a small group system of our church. Mission Groups are groups of people committed to loving God and loving others and doing it together. It is through Mission Groups that pastoral care is given, discipling relationships are established, mission focuses and neighbourhood initiatives are planned. A Mission Group is a place that we tune our ears and lives to what God is calling us to do in our neighbourhood and in our networks.

At the centre of our Mission Groups are a group of people who have committed to a covenant or rule life. It is a way to say that we are serious about following Christ together and a way to love and encourage each other as we seek to live out the covenant. The members who are in covenant meet weekly while the greater Mission Group joins in on Mission Foci and other discipleship practices that help them in their faith journey.

 

Covenant

We covenant to be discipled, disciple-making missionaries. We seek God and His Kingdom above all and put our hope in God’s transforming action in us and in our neighbourhoods.

In this covenant we will seek to love God:

  • with all of our heart, practicing spiritual disciplines of engagement and abstinence.
  • with all of our mind, growing in knowledge of God and His Kingdom.
  • with all of our strength, generously stewarding our time, talent, treasure and terra.
  • by loving our neighbours with justice and compassion, practicing hospitality and proclaiming the Kingdom of God.
  • by loving one another, joining together in spiritual friendship, accountability and life in proximity.

We believe God has given us a vision of being one church, establishing multiplying, missional, Christian communities through the power of the Holy Spirit for the sake of the Kingdom in our neighbourhoods, cities, nation and world. We have been called by and to Jesus to be in and for our neighbourhoods.

 

Shared Practices

Heart – Prayer: Participating in morning and evening prayer

Mind – Reading: Engaging the scriptures daily with the help of the study guide

Strength – Sabbath: Practicing the Sabbath through generous giving

Neighbour – Hospitality: Weekly engaging in time with our neighbours

One Another – Blessing: Weekly blessing another member of our church community