I’m using the jetlag hours to do my regular reorientation to the ‘true north’ of what’s important to God, as we journey together as a church.
This Scripture is so important and needs to imprinted on our hearts by the Holy Spirit – Jonah 4:10-11 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
God loves our city, Johannesburg, so much and is concerned for it. He longs for it to be saved, to care for it and to be its Father. To that end He has planted us, along with others, to be faithful to His name and to bring Him glory here.
Our strategy is to plant ‘communities into communities’, and to be salt and light to our city. We are wanting to plant campuses throught the city, and there are a few important reasons for this. I’d like to list them:
- We have to go to where the people are. Jesus said, “Go…” not ‘come’.
- Everyone longs for an expression of community, and God puts the lonely into families.
- We create synergy, shared resources and vision at every level. This speeds up the rate of effective church planting and hopefully will minimise church planting failures.
- We’ll be able to raise up ‘reliable men who will in turn be able to raise up reliable men’. Through many more opportunities for serving being made available to us through these campus endeavours, we create space for potential church planters to learn ‘on the job’.
- Ultimately, the goal of campuses is to reach our city of eight million plus people through shared heart and adventure. We’re hoping, in time, to release some campuses as autonomous local churches, with their own eldership teams. This will largely depend on geographical reality.
- We want to work into every people group and culture represented in our city.
The backdrop to all this is a healthy, growing, loving local church, called newDAY, that is becoming as committed to our city as God is. We’re hoping to spend 70% of all resource available on ‘internally’ discipling our congregation to become the best in God we can, while hoping to spend 30% of all resources on reaching our city ‘externally’.
Anyone remember my teaching on ‘wild growth’ and ‘cultivated growth’?
I think that’s enough for now! Thanks for wading through this, and thanks for helping make our church as wonderful as it is.
Lots of love,