Vision and Mission
On the occasion of a visit to His hometown, Jesus annouced His mission to a small group gathered in the local synagogue. His annoucement came in the form of a reading from the parchment containing the writings of the Prophet Isaiah; a prophet distinguished as the one given the honor to announce the coming the Servant of the Lord:
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me," Jesus read, "because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Isaiah 61:1-2a).
That mission resulted in healing for a man powerless over his disability (John 5), forgiveness and restoration for a woman caught in a sexually-immoral relationship (John 8), and freedom from a life of dishonesty and thievery for a con artist (Luke 10).
The poor, the brokenhearted, the captive, and the prisoner. They were Jesus' mission. They are our mission.
Our vision is best articulated in the language of our theme verse:
"I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you" (Ezekiel 36:26, TLB).
"New," as in the language of 2 Corinthians 5:17:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!"
Our vision is personal. Our heart, our passion, every detail of our ministry is directed to bring healing and wholeness to the broken and hurting of our region.
Our vision is local church, because it is precisely through the life-giving relationships, the powerful presence of God, and the catalytic ministry of the Word of God - all of which are found in the ministry of a vibrant local church - that authentic, sustainable healing can occur.