A summary of the three Avenues
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthian 13:13).
- Love: the calling on the ministry to engage their community with tangible acts that reflect the love of God. It must connect back to the life of the church.
- Hope: the calling on the ministry to inspire and bring hope to the congregation on Sunday morning.
- Faith: the calling on the ministry to create spaces where disciple-making and spiritual growth can be nurtured.
- Serving/loving the community with a purpose, connected back to the life of the church.
- Serving in the areas of our giftedness, not just feel-good ministries.
- Narrowing our focus to the area and people groups that God has called us to.
- Aligning our church events to reflect our values and advance our shared vision.
- Building bridges to incarnational community through attractional engagement, such as the OTW model.
- An inspirational environment and a place of hope and expectant community.
- A dynamic pulpit ministry of preaching, not teaching.
- Biblical relevant preaching, connected to the needs of our audience.
- Inspirational preaching, bringing hope through God’s word.
- Inspirational worship with the gift of music.
Faith Avenue – Creating Space
- Spaces for relationship building and spiritual growth.
- Gatherings that are small and intimate where bonding can occur.
- Space where we can lift up each other.
- Discipleship occurs best through life on life situations; we must move new converts to those settings.
- Visitors need something beyond Sunday morning to connect to.
- Small groups can take a variety of dimensions.
- Children and youth also need life on life settings.
- Men and women’s small groups also serve as connecting points.