Our Mission Statement: To make much of Jesus by reproducing disciples who impact the world for the glory of God.
In short, exalt, disciple, send.
To Make Much of Jesus: Exalt
This should be the goal of every Christian. Considering simply who God is, and then to add on top of that what He has done for us, our objective in life as believers should be to make much of Him (1 Pet. 4:11). This is the objective and passion of our church. This is done in a few ways:
- Christ-centered– We aim to highlight, direct our attention to, and represent Christ in all things. We think all of Scripture tries to shift our attention to Him (e.g. Luke 24:27, Jn. 5:39-40), and that He is where we find every longing of our heart fulfilled.
- Gospel-oriented– We think the gospel transforms every aspect of our lives. We don’t graduate from the Gospel; we grow in the Gospel.
Reproducing Disciples: Disciple
Both Matthew and Luke in their accounts of the life of Jesus record the idea of discipleship as His last words. This is obviously important and we believe this should be at the heart of every individual Christian, as well as every local church. Jesus did not just call us to make “Christians,” people who simply profess, but rather to make “disciples,” someone whose life is completely sold out to serve the King (Matt. 28:18-20). Our deepest desire for man is continual, reproducible discipleship as seen in 2 Timothy 2:2. As a church, we will look to do this in three ways:
- Reaching the lost- Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” (Lk. 19:10) – those seeking refuge, comfort, freedom, joy, relationship, home in Christ – and calls us to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Rom. 10:13-15). Discipleship didn’t just include making those who already believe stronger in their faith, but also reaching the lost and bringing them into the Kingdom as well (Matt. 28:19; the word baptize indicates they are new believers). Our goal should be that every person hears the Good News of Jesus Christ, in hopes that God would work on their hearts and bring them to Himself.
- Equipping the saints- The goal isn’t completed at conversion. Rather, God wants us to reach full maturity in Him (Eph. 4:11-13). We seek to grow deeper in our love, commitment, and full affections for Christ by building each other up through the many means of grace He’s given to us.
- Live in community- Growth is not done in isolation. The Lord’s army doesn’t enlist privates. We grow best when we are in community with others, building one another up as a family (Heb. 10:23-25, Eph. 3:17-19). As a church, we do this in our “community groups” and through personal discipleship.
Impact the World: Send
Discipleship doesn’t stop with personal growth. True disciples impact the world around them; they live “sent lives.” God’s whole plan from the start has been to redeem the whole world to Himself (Gen. 3:15). As individuals, we want to live sent lives by loving those around us and making an impact where we live, work, and play. As we seek to love our neighbors through service (thus fulfilling the Great Commandment, Mk. 22:39), we seek to help them exalt Christ, become disciples, and live sent lives as well. As a church, The Well looks to send in three ways:
- Serve Austin- Like Israel, the church isn’t meant to be a blessing just for the church, but rather to be a blessing to everyone around them (Jer. 29:7, Acts 6:1-3). We want to be a church where if it were to disappear from the community, it would be greatly missed because of the benefit it has on the city. We as a church will serve the community in tangible ways to simply be a blessing to it (Gal. 2:10). We also want everyone in the church to be able to serve where God has gifted them that they may be a blessing to people around them as well, and make Austin a better city. As a church, we are currently focused on serving Campbell Elementary School, Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), and Redeemed Ministries.
- Plant Churches- We believe that the best way to reach the world is to plant churches. Planting a church allows for a missionary to go into a community with no strong church presence, reach it with the gospel, and then establish a sustaining community where the gospel can spread and grow (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 14:1-28, John 20:21). Because we believe the local church is God’s means at redeeming the world to Himself, The Well’s end goal is to plant 100 national churches within our first 50 years of existence.
- Reach the World- We believe Jesus was serious when He said to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, so we desire to do just that (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). We not only want to briefly help people by doing short-term mission trips, but also build sustaining relationships and be a consistent help by sending long-term missionaries, businesses, and anything else that will help carry the gospel overseas (Mk. 16:15, Lk. 10:1-12, Lk. 24:26-27). Our goal is to send out 100 full-time missionaries, focused on church planting overseas, within our first 50 years of existence.
For the Glory of God
We begin and end our mission statement with the same idea because this is what we live for – to glorify God. We believe that this statement ties everything together and is the ultimate reason for our existence (Rom. 11:36, Rev. 4:11, 1 Co. 6:19-20). We believe in fighting for something bigger than ourselves and laying down our lives for the sake of the glory of God. This is vision of The Well – to love God and to love people for the sake of our Savior (Matt. 22:37-39).