What Exactly is our M1-M2-M3 Vision?
The KGBC Vision Statement: “We exist as a community of faith to extend the love of Christ and His Kingdom in Virginia Beach and to the world.”
For our church, life is all about three key values: community, faith, and love. I hope this document will help you 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.
We are Developing an Equipping Culture:
If we are to become 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 mean the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of God’s people. This is the reason we exist: to equip believers for the work of service. It is as if God has given church leaders only one job. As if God is saying, “You have one job, so don’t blow it by getting distracted with so many other good and worthwhile things.” We must equip the saints for the work of service.
Now, let’s look at the vision that Ken has been talking about since the Summer of 2017…
There are three key values that we find in our vision statement at KGBC—Community, Faith, and Love.
We Value COMMUNITY: Our first value is about community: the mending and restoring of relationships. We see this as the value that binds us.
This is developed in two primary ways: through a relationship with 1) God, and 2) with other people. We desire 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 people to engage with the community of faith here at King’s Grant. We value the mending and restoring of relationships, theologically and socially.
Another part of our value of community is to foster a culture of invitation, whereby we invite others to connect through worship, fellowship, discipleship, service, and mission.
This Step is Called M1. From our definition of community, you can easily see why this part of the vision is also called M1. This is the first step on our journey with Christ. M1 guides us toward being a MEMBER as describe above, which brings people into community.
We Value FAITH: Our second value is about faith, the laying and establishing a foundation. We see this as the value that guides us along our journey.
Since we are commanded to walk by faith rather than by sight, faith is all about God’s guidance, giftedness, 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, we build upon that foundation through obedience and involvement in acts of service. Our faith will guide us to places of service where we will minister in Jesus’ name with a certain ease and effectiveness.
This Step is Called M2. When we find our places of service, (our MINISTRY) we continue to establish the foundation of the gospel by inviting others into community, and then helping them to find their places of service. Part of this involves a spiritual gifts inventory, but it also involves stepping into new opportunities outside of our comfort zone.
As members gathering at corporate functions, we must actively seek a place to serve before we seek 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. This is moving from M1 to M2.
We Value LOVE: Our third value is about love; our training and preparing others to be the people of God that he desires for us to be. We see love as the value that controls or compels us.
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 alone, 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 pastors. The one value that compels us to reconcile the lost to our redeemer is love.
This Step is called M3. 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 M1 and M2 will always precede M3.
A Godly Goal: When a disciple is living his or her life on MISSION, he or she constantly asks the question, “What would Jesus do?” People may be members, (connected to the community, M1), others may even be involved in a particular ministry (walking and serving in faith, M2), but sadly, many may never move toward living a life on mission with Jesus, M3.
Spirituality has the potential to keep people inside the church, inside the building, supporting the structure that is set up, supporting the programs that keep people busy with activities. Living life on mission means loving Christ and loving others to the point of seeking ways to impact lives for eternity.
Living on mission allows us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in 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. Read 2 Timothy 2:2. Notice 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 become able.