Our vision for accomplishing this mission is through five 'G's:
All lost people matter to God, and therefore matter to us.
Through relational evangelism, we will intentionally and patiently draw people into an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14). The grace of God should be reflected in the message, the spirit, and the style of all that we do. Empathy, mercy and gentleness should be reflected in our style and practice (Galatians 6:1-3, Ephesians 2:8-9). We should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally sound. This includes the concept of sensitively relating the gospel to our culture through our facility, media and the arts (1 Corinthians 9:19-25). The Sunday community gatherings inspire us to: celebrate the grace of God in our lives; remember God’s truth for our lives; serve the world God loves. Because of this all are encouraged to attend regularly and faithfully (Acts 2:42-47).
Growth in depth and spiritual maturity: Full devotion to Jesus and His cause is normal for every believer. This includes the concepts of stewardship, servanthood, and the pursuit of Kingdom goals (Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7).
Growth in number and capacity: Our church must be able to reproduce itself and model to other areas the grace God has given to us. This includes the concepts of multi-siting, church planting and resourcing, and assisting other like-minded churches (2 Timothy 2:1-2; Matthew 28:18-29).
Growth in excellence: Excellence honours God and inspires people. This includes integrity, passion in ministry, transparency, and evaluation (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17).
Positive life change takes place best in the context of community. This includes the concepts of small groups, discipleship, vulnerability, and accountability (Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47). Every person at Grace should be known, cared for and included. This happens through the fostering of mutual care and a variety of ministries at Grace (John 17:20-23).
All believers are gifted and called as a unified body of men and women stewarding their lives and spiritual gifts, which gives rise to an effective church. This includes the concepts of unity, servanthood, and ministry callings (1 Corinthians 12 and 14; Ephesians 4; Psalms 133:1). Every believer should serve through being the right person for the right task for the right reason. This includes the concepts of empowerment, servant-leadership, strategic focus, and intentionality (Nehemiah 1-2; Romans 12:8; Acts 6:2-5).
All believers are called to live generous lives, each giving sacrificially. This includes the concept of percentage, priority giving to the local church (Malachi 3:10, 2 Corinthians 8). A church should extend itself by ministering to the poor across cultures, as well as honouring and supporting other churches. This includes the concepts of missions and justice, social upliftment, and church unity (2 Corinthians 9:1-3; James 2:15-16; Proverbs 19:17).
ALL IN THE SERVICE OF JOINING GOD'S MISSION TO
HEAL THE WORLD!