The House is a Ministry of Mission
To be on mission means we “sit at the table” with new friends, like and unlike us. We listen and learn from others who may have a different worldview. We engage and seek to understand others out of deep respect. We open our lives, we bear witness, and we engage in significant spiritual conversations.
The missional journey begins in a neighborhood: A life on mission starts with the people we come in contact with on a daily basis - that is our neighborhood. It is about being part of the very fabric of a community and fully engaging in the humanity of it all. It means being where people are, living among them, getting to know them, letting them get to know us. When we meet people on their turf, allowing them to really know us, including our spirituality, that's when we find people who are curious about God and open to further spiritual conversations. The Holy Spirit is present in your life and in the lives of others around you. A missional life is a journey of being intentional and requires paying close attention to the work God is already doing. Prayer without ceasing is imperative.
…and moves toward a gathering: As we engage in the community of a neighborhood, relationships develop, along with a natural desire to spend more time together. Gathering with others regularly is part of life - book clubs, weekly coffee dates, running groups, dinner parties, and more. We have many opportunities to be directly and actively involved in the lives of people. Opportunities for genuine availability, and regularity in the friendships and communities we inhabit are endless.
We recognize people of peace and engage in spiritual conversations: Paying close attention to the work of the Holy Spirit and growth in authentic relationship with others creates space for significant spiritual conversations. A person of peace is one who is spiritually curious and open to hear truth about the Gospel story.
Discipleship is a life long journey of response to the triune God, the divine presence drawing us into deeper relationship. To be touched by the love of God is to be forever changed. We find our true identity and our soul’s true home. We are empowered to be used in ways that are best for us, and best for the world. As we embrace this love, we deepen in our compassion for the poor, the broken and the lost. We ache and pray and labor for others in a new way, a selfless way, a joy-filled way. Our hearts are enlarged toward all people and toward all of creation.
We walk with others along the journey of discipleship by way of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction, an ancient ministry of the church, is a relationship in which one person assists another, or others, in attending to God’s presence. The purpose of Spiritual Direction is to support a deeper intimacy with God and to consider the very ordinary experiences of life in light of God’s love and presence. By engaging the contemplative practice of listening to the Holy Spirit in the presence of someone who provides sacred space, one can discover the ways God is coming to them and wanting to love and renew them.
We develop Missional Communities: A missional community is an intentional gathering of people on a spiritual journey focused on living the Gospel story. A missional community empowers individuals to carry the mission of God into every sphere of their life as they strive to be an agent and a representative of the kingdom of God. As individuals of the group engage their own personal transformation and the transformation of those around them, they begin to see glimpses of a spiritual transformation taking hold in the larger community around them.