Mission - The Avenue Church exists to glorify God by making disciples who bring the renewing beauty of Jesus to brokenness.
Vision - Radical gospel renewal in our lives, church, and city.
Outcomes - When we are on mission we expect measurable gospel renewal in the following areas:
Disciples: People walking in the ways of Jesus and teaching others to do the same.
Leaders: People equipped and sent to help others become who God designed them to be.
Family: People who love and serve one another by bringing the gospel to bear in each other’s lives.
Collaboration: Partnering with local and international churches and organizations to demonstrate and declare the kingdom.
Faithful Presence: People having a faithful presence where they work, live, and play.
Strategy - to achieve these outcomes and vision we commit to:
“THE ALL IN MOVEMENT”
Intimacy with God: Spending time in the Bible, praying, and listening.
Family Life: Knowing, celebrating, and preferring others in our homes, church, and city.
Generous Living: Living each day with a readiness and desire to freely give of our spiritual and physical gifts.
Reimagining Evangelism: Building three relationships with non-believers, sharing your grace story, and hospitality.
**This will demand consistent communication, measurement, and equipping**
The Shared Culture/Values of the Avenue Church is what defines us as people and shapes who we are and who we are becoming. This is The AC:
Welcoming Family (Jesus prays for this) - God invites his people to be a countercultural family of beloved sons and daughters (Gal 4:4-7). Therefore, by his grace:
We will pursue healthy, life-giving relationships with each other.
We will seek to build a racially, generationally, and culturally reconciled family.
We will make room for others’ perspectives, feelings, stories, and rhythms to be different than our own.
We will work to ensure that there are no truly needy among us.
We will always assume the presence of non-Christian guests and welcome them into our family with respect, hospitality and love.
Ongoing Renewal (Jesus is making all things new) - God invites his people to be a counterculture that seeks the peace and prosperity of the city (Jer. 29:4-7). Therefore, by his grace:
We will join God in the renewal of broken souls, relationships, neighborhoods, industries, and institutions.
We will seek to change our city by changing our dinner tables.
We will reconnect our work to God’s work and serve faithfully, creatively, and redemptively.
We will live simply to give generously.
Life-Giving Humility (Jesus models this) - God invites his people to be a counterculture of self-forgetfulness (Phil 2:3-11). Therefore, by his grace:
We will cling dependently to God and His Word for our identity, desires, and ethics.
We will pray desperately and expectantly.
We will graciously own and use our God-given gifts for the benefit of others.
We will take God seriously, but we won’t take ourselves too seriously.
We will rest in God’s grace by receiving God-given limitations as opportunities.
Contagious Authenticity (Jesus comes for the sick) - God invites his people to be a countercultural who confess their shortcomings and failures (1 Jn 1:5-2:2). Therefore, by his grace:
We will confess and confront the brokenness in our own souls first.
We will define ourselves more by God’s love and holiness than our wounds and brokenness.
We will step toward the gritty reality of a community of sinners & sufferers.
We will reject cynicism and live with growing happiness in Christ.
We will embody a grace that is both truthful and loving.
Catalytic Empowerment (Jesus activates the priesthood of believers) - God invites his people to be a counterculture of servants who share power and influence (Matt. 20:25-28). Therefore, by his grace:
We will activate the gifts, calling, and voice of every person in our community.
We will redefine leadership as service living with a “last will be first” mentality.
We will share power to spread dignity, prosperity, and authority for our neighbors.
We will pursue excellence by doing the best we can with what we have.
We will build people who work for the common good.