The Church is meant to be a force for change in the world.
Across all denominations, church attendance continues to trend downward. The Church no longer holds a vital place in the lives of secular society. Church attendance requires little life change from its participants and lacks purpose. The world looks on and is at best unaffected.
From the world’s perspective, church attendance has become a meeting of the Jesus club. Jesus songs are sung. Jesus talks are given. Jesus discussions are engaged in. But little else occurs. And when the meeting ends, lives are not visually impacted.
Gone is Jesus’ call to a life of daily service and sacrifice. Gone is the pursuit of spiritual power made necessary by the pursuit of goals beyond our human strength and ability.
In stark contrast to these trends, we are working out of the expectation that each and every follower of Jesus is called to give up personal preferences – to lose our lives – in order to gain life. We expect Jesus’ followers to walk as Jesus walked, in daily intentional service and pursuing ministry goals that demand spiritual power that can only come through a deep, personal pursuit of God.
We are promoting, planting and encouraging small, autonomous churches – simple churches of men and women dedicated to living meaningful and powerful organic relationships with their neighbors right where they live and work.
We call this life-changing ministry Mercy Community.