Mission: Healthy Networks
Listen to Jeremiah’s instructions to the Israeli exiles:
This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to Babylon:
- Build houses and live in them.
- Plant gardens and eat their produce.
- Take wives and have sons and daughters.
- Take wives for your sons and give your daughters to men in marriage so that they may bear sons and daughters.
- Multiply there; do not decrease.
- Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to.
- Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.
Aren’t these commands of Yahweh amazing? Here is Israel in exile. Beaten down. Oppressed. Destitute. Homeless. Hopeless. In a foreign land. And what does their God command them to do?
Facilitate the physical and spiritual health of pagan cities through proactive multiplication!
For this reason, our church network believes strongly that not only was this letter appropriate and contextually-relevant in the prophet Jeremiah’s day, but this letter also prophesied to a day when our generation would read it as God’s children planting His kingdom in a vast world filled with thousands of pagan cities.
Build. Live. Plant. Eat. Take. Have. Bear. Multiply. Seek. Pray. Prosper.
These actions are God’s will for his church today. Amen!
Our Mission is to facilitate the cultivation and sustenance of healthy networks of God’s people in cities:
- Healthy: We will make disciples and plant churches as teams so that we are stronger through accountability and diverse leadership styles.
- Networks: We will empower leaders to fulfill their calling by focusing their efforts on specific population segments and people group affinities.
Our greatest desire is to be a catalyst and resource for cultivating healthy and multiplying networks of Great Commission leaders in Nashville and other cities around the world!
Every leader in God’s kingdom is under specific, strategic attack by the devil and his forces, so we know that leaders in churches and ministries are in desperate need of community and accountability, so that their leadership is sustainable during intense seasons of spiritual warfare.
We also know that the easiest thing to do in the body of Christ is to be overwhelmed by the vast collective of needs in cities filled with broken people. This endless pit of desperation in cities can keep leaders focused on doing many good things while losing focus on the one perfect calling from our heavenly Father: to intentionally multiply the gospel locally and globally until all people groups have indigenous, disciple-making leaders and Jesus Christ returns to earth.
We use the Ephesians 4 A.P.E.S.T. structure of the believer’s priesthood leadership styles to identify each leader’s primary and secondary leadership roles in a network, and then recruit, empower, and send them to unreached and unengaged population segments and people groups in different regions of their city in teams.
Through accountability, community, and training, we believe these apostolic teams of diversely-gifted and experienced leaders can be pure vessels for the Holy Spirit’s work and strategy to complete the Great Commission task in the context of each city.
Each city is unique, just as each people group, and population segment or region is unique within a city. So, the common factors in this Mission are the work of the Holy Spirit and the empowerment of missionary teams for Great Commission task completion.
Here are some helpful Scriptures for you to read and study in the context of this Mission for cultivating Healthy Networks:
For this reason also, since the day we heard about your faith, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.
And God personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head – Christ. For Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
I pray not only for my disciples, but also for those who believe in Me through their message. May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation. Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me. I made Your name known to them and will make it known so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them.
After the apostles evangelized Derbe and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Antioch, strengthening the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith and by telling them, “It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.” When they had appointed elders in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. After they spoke the message in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch where they have been entrusted to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. After they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported everything God had done with them and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. And they spent a considerable time with the disciples.
All Scripture quotes come from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
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