These Guiding Principles are descriptive of what we feel is our unique calling.

Our Guiding Principles:

  1. Jesus-Centered and Holy Spirit-led.  Intimacy with Jesus is central to who we are.  We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Ownership of the church belongs to Him.  Therefore, the Holy Spirit’s leading is foundational to our gatherings and decision making processes for the church.  We will seek to do this through a variety of means, expressed in the remainder of our Guiding Principles.

  2. We are Doctrinal.  We believe in life application of Bible teaching.  The Word of God is both relevant and the plumb-line by which we live.  We want sound Biblical teaching in our gatherings, and will set adequate time in our meetings to properly dissect the Word of God.
  3. Our journey is marked by Divine Encounters.  God encounters matter to us.  We believe that our experiences must be based upon God’s Word, while also understanding that God speaks to us today (e.g. – impressions, dreams, visions, etc.) and desires to share His secrets with those who fear Him (Psalm 25:14).  In our gatherings, we desire spiritual order in our worship, while leaving room for both Holy Spirit moments and expressions of God through the Body.

  4. Life should be Intentional.  “Doing life together” is intentional.  Growing deeper in one’s relationship with God is intentional.  Dealing with issues in one’s life in order to be a more “whole” person is intentional.  Reaching those who do not know the saving power of Jesus is intentional.  Planting churches is intentional.  Our desire tis to be faithful and diligent in living our lives to the potential God has given us, while doing that from a place of “rest” and confidence in Him.

  5. We desire Excellence.  We believe in excellence, which is the process of developing to be the best that you can be.  We also recognize that in that process of discovery and development, we need to offer opportunities for people to fail and struggle through their development process.  We want our meetings to be done with excellence, recognizing that the journey towards excellence will not always look and feel comfortable.  We don’t want our church(es) to feel like a business striving for perfection, but a family encouraging each other towards godly growth and doing whatever our hand finds to do with all our might to the glory of God.
  6. Organic is key to simplistic growth and development.  Organic is about the natural process of things.  Structures are necessary in all areas of life, but sometimes structures hinder the natural process of growth within an individual or in a church.  For us, to be organic means that we want every heart changed and developed in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We want to organize prayer meetings, but want people to meet spontaneously for prayer.  We want to establish good pastoral ministry, but want people to naturally reach out to others and look after each other because they care.  In our gatherings, we want to have a structure to guide, but also to leave room for individuals to express what God is doing and speaking through their own lives.
  7. Leadership is ordained by God to serve.  Leadership is one of God’s gifts to the church.  We see its presence in both the Old and New Testament.  It exists to serve the Body of Christ, equipping it for works of service (Ephesians 4:11-12).  It is about laying down one’s life for the church, as well as at times bringing discipline and accountability to people and situations.  While we long for organic expressions of God within the Body of Christ, we equally see the importance of strong Biblical Leadership that serves and leads the way forward at the same time.  Our church government is set up in such a way that there is accountability for leadership, while not hindering their ability to do what God has called them to do by bureaucracy.  Our desire to continually expand out in the development of leadership as opposed to restricting it to a few elite.  We seek to do this through teaching, training, and most importantly, through relational discipleship.
  8. Connection is interdependence with God and others.  We believe that if we first commit ourselves to relationship with one another, ministry will be the result if we remain intentional.  When people say that they feel free to be themselves or that they are discovering who they really are “In Christ,” we consider that to be a great success.  From Old Testament to New Testament, we see the correlation between God’s people and family units.  Church should be a family.  As in family, there are different roles, seasons, celebrations, discipline, and jobs to be shared.  We believe that the church should operate in a similar manner.

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Resource.

Whether it is our website, blogs, blogs, Facebook pages, sermons, books, courses, or anything else we can throw at you, we want to help you succeed at that dream seeds God has put into your heart. [read more]

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Friendship.

Whether by e-mail, through our Facebook pages, or meeting for a cuppa, relationship is the bedrock of doing church small but dream in a big way.  If we can connect, or be a platform to getting other like-minded people sitting around the table together, it brings a smile on our face.  No one should have to experience church or church leadership feeling that they have to go at it alone.  We want you to feel connected to someone and know that people do care.  [read more]

Partnership.

Relationships take time to develop and we take this very seriously. Partnership is about a commitment to love one another in a unique way that involves commitment and perseverance based upon shared values and resources. We are not quick to do this.  We get e-mails from around the world, people asking us to fly over to their country, minister, and would we be a covering for them. We don’t operate in this way.  We look for God connections that have developed through the course of time. So before you send a request for this ministry to “partner” with you, know that partnership for us is like a marriage, and comes down the line after friendship and courtship. [read more]