As an emerging apostolic people we desire to see with the eyes of our heart what the will of the Father is for us in these cities. And this is what we see.
We behold a vision of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom desiring a Bride that will love Him intimately and passionately, and who will find her destiny and desires fulfilled through Him.
We as part of the Bride, envision ourselves as part of the growing emerging relational house church communities to be an apostolic people passionate for Jesus, who will find their rest in Jesus, and be renewed by His Spirit and empowered to walk in the Father’s love and give it away to all in our cities.
As a emerging simple relational house church community we envision multitudes of house churches raised up by the Spirit of God in our cities that will be apostolic gatherings of people seeking the face of God and to see the Kingdom come and reign in our cities.
The Five Fold Ministries are servant leadership ministries that serve the city wide or regional emerging apostolic house church communities through ongoing gatherings that focus on building up the Body of Christ through vision casting, celebration, teaching, Holy Spirit imparted, apostolic and prophetic ministry.
As an emerging apostolic people we desire to see with the eyes of our heart what the will of the Father is for us in these cities. Having seen the vision that God has revealed to us, we sense our apostolic mission to be:
To rest, dwell and live in the Living Presence of Christ, in whom we live, exist and have our being (Acts 17:28), and to be agents of His love, grace, mercy and compassion to those within the Body of Christ and those who have not yet entered into the Kingdom of God, and to model and live out the radical primitive Christianity that is recorded in the Book of Acts.
Part of our mission as an emerging Christian community is to reproduce ourselves as simple relational redemptive revolutionary house church communities wherever the Lord directs us by His Spirit. We believe the Lord will set apart as He set apart Paul and Barnabas, church planters with a heart for seeing the simplicity of community and life in Christ as brothers and sisters spread throughout our nation. The Lord Himself will prepare these kinds of people from within the existing relational simple communities.
As an emerging apostolic people we desire to see with the eyes of our heart what the will of the Father is for us in these cities. Having seen the vision that God has revealed to us, and sensing our mission to be an apostolic people of action who will be agents of love, compassion, grace and mercy. We encourage ourselves that by the power of the Spirit within us we will be agents of:
- Love – expressing the love of the Father reconciling His children to Himself.
- Compassion – expressing in acts of practical kindness and acceptance the compassion of Jesus Christ
- Grace – expressing the unmerited favour of the Father unto restoration and healing through the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit
- Mercy – expressing the forgiving and healing love of God to those who sense they are unworthy of His gifts of wholeness and restoration
The Holy Spirit will not only empower us, but will provide opportunities to release the grace of Jesus to others as we relate to one another in community and as we submit to His leading and prompting both within the body and within the city and region. We will continually seek to be about the Father’s business as He leads and directs us as we meet from house to house and as we see other emerging relational communities established through church planting.
Values are not shaped in a vacuum but through the realm of knowledge, understanding and experience. Values are shaped and formed in us through various life experiences from our upbringing, to our education and development, to the attitudes that shape our lives and ethics by which we live.
The values of the culture we are a part of will either cause us to conform or to respond with an alternative set of values. Our worldview, of how we perceive and understand the world shapes these within our sub-conscious and conscious levels of our personality.
Various fields of knowledge impact the values we hold, including cosmology, theology proper, and practical theology (ethics) and epistemology, and philosophy to name a few. These converge and intersect through the living of life, with family and society at large.
These values we hold to are formed from our understanding of God, the Kingdom of God in this world, and our part in that economy of God.
We value the BIBLE as the narrative of God – We value the Bible as narrative, telling the stories of God with humanity, and revealing His plan, purposes, and grace for those whom He has called into His Kingdom. We seek to share our own stories, with others, that they may know of the God to whom we give our hearts and allegiance as citizens of His Kingdom. This Biblical narrative is God breathed and inspired and is our guide for life, faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We value The PURSUIT OF GOD – Our highest value is the pursuit of God. We are hungry to know God and experience His loving presence, hear His voice and follow after Him, yielding and obeying His word. Our desire is to see Jesus’ love, mercy and power shine through all we are and all we do in His name (Psalm 63:1-3).
We value The KINGDOM OF GOD -We value the rule and reign of God’s Kingdom in our hearts and lives. We aim to move in all the signs of God’s kingdom , under the Lordship of Christ, invoking the Spirit’s presence and power, ministering healing through the Spirit’s gifts, and seeing the Father heal, restore, and work wonders and signs through His people (Romans 14:17).
We value INTIMACY WITH GOD & PRAYER – We consider prayer essential, because it is our primary means of communion with God (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 & Philippians 4:6).
We value CHRIST-LIKENESS – We desire to be people who would not just hear but also do the words and works of Christ. We desire to be continually changing to be more like Jesus, so that more of His love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power and integrity would shine through all that we are and do (Philippians 2:5; Ephesians 5:1-2; James 1:22).
We value RELATIONSHIPS – We see relationships with others as our highest priority after submission to God (Matthew 22:36-40). We recognize that a sign of true believers is the love that we show others (1 John 3:14 & 4:8)—especially those we are closest to (Galatians 6:9-10). We value gathered people who create redemptive communities. Relationships take root in the soil of intimacy, mutual submission, and relational accountability and commitment. Community relationships should reflect the inter-connectedness and vibrancy of those relationships between Father, Son and Spirit in the Godhead, and as such they should not be used, exploited or manipulated.
We value MISSIONAL EVANGELISM DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING – Our intent is to reach those who don’t know Jesus; also, to teach all believers to believe Jesus’ words, obey His commands and do His work. (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe our job is to equip the body for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13).
We value SERVANT LEADERSHIP – We see leadership as a function, not a title. We believe the Lord has placed significant leadership authority in the hands of the pastor and his associates, but that it must be exercised in servant-hood, with humility, selflessness, grace and true concern for the welfare of the family of God (1 Peter 5:1-7). We see Scripture teaching governance by consensus under the direction of the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:1-3).
We value SIMPLICITY – We value the simple life we have in Christ, and the simplicity of the Gospel of the Kingdom. We will model simple relational body and community life, encouraging authenticity, and sharing in all things, resources, and ministry. We want to be “naturally supernatural,” avoiding the spectacular, theatrics, melodrama, manipulation, coercion or pretense—“Real people serving a real God” abstaining from behavior that gives glory to ourselves—“it’s all about Jesus” (I Corinthians 2:2-5; James 3:13; I Thessalonians 4:11-12).
We value being CULTURALLY CURRENT (Emerging Church) – We embrace change as the necessity of growth and Kingdom effectiveness (Luke 5:37-38). We are called to be a force of spiritual revolution, not a stagnant institution. We embrace nonreligious styles of Bible teaching relevant to the times in which we live, and contemporary worship in the freedom of the Spirit. We encourage training in and use of modern technology and the art forms to advance the Kingdom of God (I Corinthians 9:20-23).
We value COMPASSION, MERCY & SOCIAL JUSTICE – We believe that God has called us to be attentive to the needs of the poor, broken-hearted, and oppressed (Luke 4:18). We believe that God would rather show us mercy than judgment (James 2:13 & John 8:2-11). We value the essence of the Sermon on the Mount, and the need to advance the Kingdom of God in our culture. We desire to walk in the way of peace as Jesus Christ modeled His disciples are to be counter-cultural, and to seek equity and social and economic as well as environmental justice for all, as well as stand against exploitation, oppression, war, and all its resulting miseries.
We value PEACEMAKING – We believe that as followers of Christ, we are called to follow the way of peace (Romans 12: 17-18; Romans 14:17), the ethical, non-violence modeled by Jesus Christ to his disciples, and to be attentive to the issues of violence and war within our society, and to confront these issues in an attitude of humility and radical peace, standing in the gap for those who suffer violence and oppression in our nation and in the nations, and to stand with who are violated by our own government’s acts of “redemptive violence” which is a justification to injure, oppress, occupy, and take advantage of another’s resources and freedom.