The church doesn't belong to us; it belongs to God. He has entrusted it to leaders whose first priority is to accomplish His mission. Therefore, we see ourselves as gifts to the people of God, whose primary function is the equipping of the Church for the disciple-making work of Jesus.
We are stewards, not owners. We are shepherds, entrusted with an incredible treasure: the very family of God.
It is our privilege to walk alongside God's people and stoke the fires of Gospel-saturation. To accomplish this, we see our first task as that of access: giving others access to our lives, so they can see a faithful example of following Jesus.
We are servants, not masters. Our leadership is bent in the direction of the Master's plan. Therefore, we align our ministries with the New Testament call to make disciples. We serve that mission with all of our energy.
We trust. We trust one another as fellow coworkers in this mission. We trust God's people to listen to His Spirit and obey. We trust that God will guide and direct us what to do next.
We partner, because we cannot accomplish this mission alone. We do not aspire to be the most well-known leaders in our city. Rather, we aspire to be unknown, so long as the name of Jesus is known and the Gospel-saturation of our city is accomplished on our watch.
And we measure. We are not satisfied with mere talk; we want to see mission-driven action. Therefore, we assess our progress based on disciple-making values.
"Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
Colossians 1:28 (ESV)