“We exist as a community of faith to extend the love of Christ and his kingdom in Virginia Beach and to the world.”
For us, life is all about these three values, community, faith, and love. I hope this page will help you to find and embrace your life’s purpose, destiny, and direction.
Every organization must define what it stands for and why it exists, and the church is no different. We hope that our vision statement is one that is compelling, purposeful, challenging, and attractional. Our desire is that you find King’s Grant to be a place where you can become a part of something bigger than yourself, because after all, eternity stands in the balance.
If we are to be an equipping culture, we must decide if we are equipping people for a task/event or equipping them for a ministry (unleashing them for kingdom service).
This is our working diagram for our equipping culture:
When we speak of the kingdom, we are meaning the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of our people. This is why we exist, to equip believers for the work of service (Ephesians 4:12). It is as if God has given church leaders “only one job, you have 1 job, so don’t blow it by getting distracted with so many other good and worthwhile things.”
Our first value is about community, the mending and restoring of relationships. We see this as the value that binds us. (We Gather)
This is developed in two primary ways; through a relationship with 1) God, and 2) with other people (Acts 2:38, 41). Our desire is for people to enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and become part of God’s global and universal community, (the kingdom of God). Similarly, we desire for people to engage with the community of faith here at King’s Grant. We value the mending and restoring of relationships both theologically and socially (Acts 2:42-43, 46-47).
Another part of our value of community is to foster a culture of invitation (John 1:12), whereby we invite others to get connected through worship, fellowship, discipleship, service, and mission.
Our second value is about faith, the laying and establishing of a foundation. We see this as the value that guides us. (We Grow)
Since we are commanded to walk by faith rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), faith is all about guidance and the confidence we have in the object of our faith, Jesus himself. When we are sold out to Christ, who is himself the foundation of our faith (1 Corinthians 3:10-11), we build upon that foundation through obedience and involvement in acts of service. Faith will guide us to the places of our service where we will minister with a certain ease and effectiveness (Romans 12:3-8).
When we have found our places of service, we continue to establish the foundation of the gospel by inviting others into community, and then find their places of service.
As members gathering at corporate functions, we must actively seek a place to serve before seeking a place to sit. We understand that church is not about me and my preferences but rather church is all about God and being connected to his global purpose for the church and the world.
Our third value is about love, training and preparing others. We see this as the value that compels us. (We Go)
The equipping culture is all about getting others involved in what God is up to in the world. Professional clergy cannot accomplish the Great Commission on their own, nor should they (since their one job is to equip the saints for the work of service). The Great Commission is given to the church not the pastor. The one value that compels us to reconcile the lost to our redeemer is love (2 Corinthians 5:14).
As these three values work together, building upon each other, they are not always sequential. For example, someone may get involved in acts of service before one is connected to the community. But the first two will always precede the last one.
When a disciple is living his life on mission, he constantly asks the question, “What would Jesus do?” Others may be connected to the community, even involved in a particular ministry, but may never move into living a life on mission with God. Spirituality can stay within the church gathered, at the building, supporting the structure that is set up, supporting the programs that keep people busy with activities.
Living on mission allows us to be the hands and feet of Jesus is the real world outside the walls of the church. It’s about having conversations with neighbors, or with people we meet in the grocery store, or at the recreation center. It’s allowing Jesus to invade our social relationships, our routines, and our schedules.
Someone living a life on mission is investing into the lives of others, helping them on the journey of discipleship and service. As Timothy was a recipient of Paul’s investment into his life, we are to also invest into the lives of other people (2 Timothy 2:2). Notice here that we are not to invest into “able” people but into “faithful” people. We don’t find able people hoping they will be faithful, but rather we seek faithful people who will hopefully become able.
Will you help us in this vision? Will you embrace the values of community, faith, and love? How can we help you better grasp this equipping model of ministry?