TO MAKE MUCH OF JESUS BY REPRODUCING DISCIPLES WHO IMPACT THE WORLD FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
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 Peter 4:11). This is the objective and passion of our church. This is expressed in a few ways:
Christ-Centered Everything centers around the person and work of Jesus. We try to highlight, direct our attention to, and represent the worthiness of Christ in everything that we do (1 Cor. 10:31). We think that all of Scripture tries to shift our attention to Him (i.e. Luke 24:27, Jn. 5:39-40, Rom. 11:36, Col. 1:15-22), and He is where we find every longing of our heart fulfilled.
Gospel-Saturated We are a gospel-saturated everything type of people! We believe the gospel transforms every aspect of our lives (Gal. 2:20). You cannot outgrow the gospel, and it is the power of God in everything you do (Rom. 1:16)! The Scriptures consistently show us that Christ is our example & fulfillment of every portion of Scripture and then calls us to live this out (Gal. 2:14).
Spirit-Empowered We are empowered by the Spirit and guided by the Word. We believe that Jesus meant it when He said it was better for Him to leave, that He might send the Helper (Jn. 16:7). The Spirit of God reveals God’s Word clearly to us, empowers us for witness and ministry, equips us with spiritual gifts, convicts us of sin, leads us in becoming more like Jesus, intercedes and gives power to our prayers, among many, many other functions and roles (Eph. 1:13, Ti. 3:5, Rom. 8:26-27, 15:13, 1 Co. 12 &14, Gal. 5:19-26, etc.)! We seek to be filled by the Spirit, walk by the Spirit, and align ourselves with the Spirit, in submission with God’s Word.
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 (Matthew 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:
Reach the Lost Every soul is one Jesus longs for. Discipleship didn’t just include making those who already believe stronger in their faith, but rather reaching the lost and bringing them into the Kingdom as well (Matt. 28:19, Lk. 15:4). 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 (Rom. 10:13-15, 1 Tim. 2:4).
Equip the saints That all would live out their unique identity in Christ. Following Jesus is a call to die to yourself and fall ever deeper in love with God (Lk. 9:23-24). By helping the believer grow in their walk with the Lord, we will equip them for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-16), in hopes that they would find their place in the story of God and serve passionately there (Eph. 2:10), ultimately growing into the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13).
Live in Community We don’t find community; we fight for community. Growth is not done in isolation. The Lord’s army doesn’t enlist privates. We grow best when we do it in community with others (Heb. 10:23-25, Eph. 3:17-19). As a church we do this through our Sunday Gatherings, Community Groups, Missional Communities, support groups, and personal discipleship. Within this, we strive to be a diverse community that foreshadows our true home, modeling the beauty of heaven until it comes (Rev. 7:9).
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 (Genesis 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, Mark 22:39), we seek to help them exalt Christ, become disciples, and live sent lives as well. As a church, we will look to do this in three ways:
Serve the Church The church is not built on the talents of a few, but the sacrifices of many. Every person has gifts and talents, that if used to serve the church, will make an eternal difference (1 Co. 12, 14, Rom. 12). Because of this reality, we don’t just “do” church, but give our lives to God’s plan believing that Generosity is Worship (2 Co. 8-9). We seek to be generous with our time, talents and treasures, that the Kingdom of God may be expanded in and through us.
Serve the City We see what the city could be. Like Israel, the church isn’t meant to be a blessing just for itself, but rather for everyone around them (Gen. 12:2, Jer. 29:7, Acts 6:1-3). We want to bless Austin so much that if our church were to disappear, we would be greatly missed because of the impact we have on this city. We as a church will serve the community in tangible ways to simply be a blessing to it (Gal. 2:10). Ultimately, we hope our serving will also give platform for hearing the gospel and for gospel-transformation, bringing the blessing of the Kingdom to the urban-core of Austin, the University of Texas, and the surrounding areas.
Plant Churches The local church is God’s means of redeeming the world. We believe that the best way to reach the world is to plant churches. Local churches are uniquely designed to bring gospel vitality to their specific contexts, as they understand and serve their communities. Therefore, we desire to plant 100 churches in the first 50 years of being a church. In fact, we don’t celebrate growing, we celebrate going. This was the vision and mission of Christ to bring the gospel to the world, as is clearly shown throughout the New Testament (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 14:1-28, John 20:21).
Send Missionaries Until the whole world hears. We will be relentless in our pursuit until every tongue, tribe, people, and culture has an opportunity to hear the gospel and respond to Jesus (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). We do 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). We desire to send 100 long-term, full-time missionaries within the first 50 years of being a church. We will partner relationally with missionaries who are focused on church planting to help reach the nations for the sake of the gospel, specifically those nations that do not yet have sufficient access to it.
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. We believe that God has actually given us the ability to push back darkness in our city, our nation, and this world, and desire the light of Christ to shine on all things.
TO SEE 100 CHURCHES PLANTED NATIONALLY WITHIN THE FIRST 50 YEARS OF OUR EXISTENCE, AND TO SEE 100 CHURCHES PLANTED INTERNATIONALLY WITHIN THE FIRST 50 YEARS OF OUR EXISTENCE.
We are trusting God to help us plant 200 churches in 50 years. Within this “grand vision” there are also several smaller visions we hope to fulfill as a church family as well. We aim to be a resourcing church, blessing individuals, churches, and organizations around us. We aim to be a blessing to the community, to where if The Well were to disappear, the city would be far worse, because of the impact of our presence. We strive to be a diverse community that foreshadows our true home, heaven. We seek to be a family together, showing others what the church truly could be.
There are many other visions, both short-term and long-term in their nature! Ultimately we feel called by God though to be multipliers. With each multiplication, more expressions of the Kingdom exist, and within those expressions God’s glory is advanced, and darkness is pushed back. Therefore, we desire to see 200 churches in the first 50 years, and hopefully thousands more after that!