We want to see every-day believers empowered to respond to their calling to be the church. Everything we do is aimed to unlock the church's potential to create an empowering missional culture to send and serve lay-missionaries.
THE WORLD SUFFERS FROM ALMOST INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS.
Every day it seems there are new expressions of darkness, despair, and distance from God and his grace.
In 1900 there were 28 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
Today there are 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
3500 churches close each year.
80-85% of churches are on the downside of their life cycle.
Unchurched in the US has doubled from 1990-2004.
How will we offer hope to the despair of the world?
As the world changes, the church is in decline. When the church is needed most, it is struggling to survive and to assert any influence. God has called people to bring good news and meet all of these needs, but in many cases, they are under-resourced, under-appreciated, and even sometimes blocked to live out that calling. These missional people are disconnected from each other, unable to collaborate in meaningful ways and at times competing for the same small pool of resources. They are at high risk of burnout and turnover.
How will we empower the called to serve and love those in need?
Our best people, who most clearly represent the future of the church and the hope of the kingdom, struggle to survive and continue in their essential work. They receive very little coaching, support, or even a community in the work they do. The church needs these people and these people need the church. And the lost and poor of the world desperately need them to find each other.
How will we inspire the church to rise into its fullest potential?
We believe we have discovered a way of doing church that inverts conventional notions about who can lead and that prioritizes mission over all other enterprise. Rather than empower a few clergy who then recruit volunteers to reach spectators, our approach moves the emphasis to releasing missionaries through leadership development. The result is a form of church that revives mission, exponentially multiplying the impact of the church.