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One of the many values we hold dear at Elgin City Church is the idea of being “missional”. Being missional is a buzz word in many churches these days, but there is nothing sexy about being missional. Often times outreach is costly, both in time, privacy, energy and financial resources. Rather than sit around and read books or conceptualize what it means to be missional, our principle at Elgin City Church is “Just Do It”. How do we define being missional? Missional to us is simply placing a value and focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.
This is found in Matthew 28:16-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We realize that in order for the church to grow, we must be passionate about making new disciples for Christ. In most traditional churches, the Sunday corporate gathering is the center of where ministry takes place. In these meetings we are often asking people to come to us, listen to a message and sing some songs. While this is valuable, we must move from becoming attractional only and placing a high value on the “sending and going” part of the identity of the church.
We value both missions on our door step in the local community AND global missions. We do this by providing bridges from our church into the community where instead of inviting people to church, we bring the love of God to them. Sometimes this could be in the form of an event such as a picnic in the park, bouncy house at a festival or open mic music night. Other times, we may take prayer teams out into the local community to pray for the sick, minister healing or bring food to a family in need.
Stay tuned to more articles on Elgin City Church’s values as we seek to explain more in detail some of the DNA of our new Kingdom community.