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The Vision for The Church at Canyon Creek

As leaders, our task is to clarify who we are as a church and what God has called us to do. Our identity, our DNA, is very clear. Three pillars which shape the identity of our church are:

our IMAGE discipleship strategy

our FAITH BUILDERS family strategy

our ON MISSION outreach strategy

Therefore, the vision of our church is building the faith of generations of people who are being conformed to the image of Christ and living on mission for Christ.


IMAGE

Our discipleship strategy is based upon Romans 8:29, which declares that “those whom (God) foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” Our destiny is to become like Jesus. That’s God’s objective in our lives. To look like Jesus, to love like Jesus, to live like Jesus in everything we do. So, with a desire to become conformed to His image, we humbly submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit and invite Him to mold us into the image of Christ.

Using IMAGE as an acrostic, “I” stands for intimacy, for abiding in Christ and experiencing a personal relationship with Him. “M” stands for ministry, for leveraging our gifts and talents as servants of Christ. “A” stands for authentic community, for developing friendships where we care and challenge each other. “G” stands for growth, for becoming more mature in knowledge, character, and skill. And “E” stands for engage, for developing relationships with non-Christians with the intent of sharing the goods news of Christ.

Each of our adult discipleship venues has a strategic purpose. Our Adult Bible Fellowship
classes are mostly about teaching and education. This is our most Bible-focused venue. Through studying books of the Bible and various topical issues, the goal of ABF to equip believers with truth and discuss how to apply that truth to their lives.

The twin purposes of Life Groups are care and challenge. Paul sent Tychicus to Ephesus for these two purposes. “That you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you” (Ephesians 6:22, NIV). That knowing how each other is doing is care. And that encouragement is actually challenge, a spurring on of one another to live out our faith. This “care and challenge” venue is our most relationship-focused environment.


ON MISSION

It’s a worthy destiny to become more and more like Jesus. But following Jesus also includes sharing the message of Jesus and living on mission for Jesus. As God has refreshed a vision in us, we will continue to pray for nothing less than a revival of personal evangelism within our church. What do we mean by that? We want to see Acts 4 become a reality in our church just as it was in the early church.

Peter and John were convinced, and declared that “there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the message. Jesus is the gospel. And we are convinced that He is the one people so desperately need to hear about.

Peter and John believed that because they had experienced Jesus personally. And they loved Him so much that they said, “We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Jesus was so real to them that they couldn’t stop talking about Him. And if He’s that real to us, if we truly love Him, then nothing will stop us from talking about Jesus.

When Peter and John were released from prison and returned to their friends, the Bible says, “When they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts
4:31). We’re praying for God to shake us and to fill us with His Spirit so that we unashamedly share the gospel with boldness just like those in Acts 4.

Living on mission begins at home. So our individual strategy makes sphere of influence a priority. We’re emphasizing developing relationship with non-Christians with the intent of sharing the good news of Christ. Our corporate strategy focuses on our circle of responsibility. We are determined to penetrate the Canyon Creek neighborhood and surrounding apartment complexes. And our global strategy is to continue to be a sending and going church.

And if we are living on mission, here are the outcomes we hope to see:

• That every person in our church answer the call to live “on mission – everyone, everyday, everywhere.”
• That every person in our church possess a love and compassion for lost people, a sense of urgency because people’s eternity is at stake, and a delight at seeing people come to Christ.
• To be involved with people, engaged with new friends, to be a “friend of sinners.”
• To create an inviting culture in our church, where members begin inviting their friends to lunch, to dinner, to a game, and of course to church.
• That every person in our church develop a relationship with a non-Christian with the hope of sharing the gospel with that person within the next 12 months.
• To regularly celebrate the stories of people sharing Christ and people coming to Christ.
• That more of our people are involved in local compassion ministries, actually engaging the needy and those Jesus called “the least of these.”
• With respect to global missions, that more first-timers go on a short-term trip. We also hope to identify those individuals whom God might be calling into career missions.

That’s what we, as leaders, are asking you to pray for. That’s what we mean by a revival of personal evangelism. And that’s what we’re asking you to embrace and live.


FAITH BUILDERS

Our church has long had a heart for “building spiritually strong families.” And that’s exactly what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 6. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-8, NAS). Being faith builders is a clear mandate from Scripture.

And we believe that building spiritually strong families begins with building spiritually strong marriages. That’s why we are committed to offering marriage classes, marriage small groups, and an annual marriage retreat.

We are also committed to helping parents become faith builders. Throughout the year, we want to motivate and equip parents with resources that will help them be the primary faith builders of their children. Along with various parenting workshops throughout the year, we also offer a Faith Builders Summit in the Fall.

But our primary Faith Builders strategy is what we do every Sunday morning for children and youth. We want to introduce preschoolers to simple biblical truths that will help them understand the wonder of God and the love of God that will lay a foundation for them to accept Christ as their Savior in the future. We want to help elementary children make a personal decision for Christ and teach them how to apply the Bible to their lives. We want to help teenagers personalize their faith and make it their own. Our hope is that teenagers will move beyond belief to identity, to truly love and follow Jesus as the Lord and leader of their lives.


SUMMARY

As leaders, our task is to clarify who we are as a church and what God has called us to do. Our identity, our DNA, is very clear. Three pillars which shape the identity of our church are:

our IMAGE discipleship strategy

our FAITH BUILDERS family strategy

our ON MISSION outreach strategy

Therefore, the vision of our church is to building the faith of generations of people who are being conformed to the image of Christ and living on mission for Christ.