Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Story of Vintage

Part One: What God Is Doing in Us
Part Two: Why Start a New Church?
Part Three: Who We Are Trying to Reach

The Kind of Church We Are Launching

A mission statement describes the purpose for which this church exists. It says who we will be. It gives the simple, skeletal reason why Vintage Fellowship would be. It needs to be clear, memorable, and accurate.

The compelling mission of Vintage Fellowship is to exalt Jesus Christ by being a life-changing church, rooted in the ancient faith, bearing fruit in postmodern culture.

We will exalt Jesus Christ. Everything is about Jesus. He is God himself, who became a man. He lived the perfect life that none of us could live. He died in our place on the cross. He has forgiven us by his grace. And he has made us a part of his own kingdom. It only seems right that everything be about him!

We will be a life-changing church. We absolutely believe that the truth and grace of Jesus Christ ought to make a difference in our lives. Vintage is going to celebrate the transformation of people by the Spirit of God into the image of the Son of God.

We will be rooted in the ancient faith. Christianity was around long before us and it will be around long after we are gone. Vintage Fellowship seeks to draw on the rich tradition of Christian experience throughout the ages and across the globe to enrich our own Christian experience today.

We will be bearing fruit in postmodern culture. American culture and thought has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. Vintage Fellowship will seek to incarnate truth and grace in this emerging culture.

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