At Veritas we long to make the type of disciples who are shaping their community. Time and time again in the gospels we see Jesus noticing hurting people around him, having compassion on what he sees, and then moving towards them in acts of love and communicating truth. In short: notice, feel, do.
Our dream as a church is to see a growing number of people who notice hurting people around them, have compassion on others, and move towards them with the gospel in word and deed.
Local Missions Philosophy of Ministry
Our mission is to make disciples who shape our community.
We believe the best thing we can do for our city is to put more passionate, mature, outward-focused followers of Jesus in it. Therefore, our strategy for shaping our community is a disciple-making one.
Personal: There will be some church-driven activity when it comes to local missions. But our desire is to see strong efforts in equipping our people to live on mission in the context of their everyday community.
Relational: We do not want to just meet needs. We want to build relationships and help people through those relationships. Our desire is not to see crisis be the door to relationship, but relationships be the door to helping in crisis.
Equipping: Because our strategy for shaping our community is a disciple-making one, we desire to equip our people in cultural competency and personal evangelism.
Evangelism: As a reflection of Jesus we want to care for the whole person and help meet people’s needs, but our ultimate concern is for people’s spiritual needs and their reconciliation back to their heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Our desire is to share the gospel as we help with other needs.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
Where to look
Our goal is to make notice, feel, do a part of our everyday lives. Often times we think that in order to be on mission we must develop a master project or partner with an organization. While both of those things are good, there are areas of brokenness right in our neighborhoods, extended families, and schools. Let’s lean into the broken relationships around us and recognize the opportunities we have every day to interact with brokenness in a Christ-like way.
Making prayer important
Although we look to Jesus and the example that He set of notice, feel, and do, we should also remember that we still need the help of the Holy Spirit. Take time to pray that God would open your eyes, ears, and heart to help you respond as Jesus would.
Using your gifts
Each person’s gifting is significant. We must remember God has uniquely gifted us for the benefit of others. It is easy to forget that our gifts aren’t for our own comfort, happiness, success, or to make us feel purposeful. Rather, they are to be used as a blessing to others. God will empower us and show us how we can practically use our gifts for kingdom impact. Prayerfully consider how God has uniquely designed each one of us with hobbies, passions, and skills. How can these be used to bring Him glory?
Recognizing our brokenness
Since we are all in need of reconciliation, we must first recognize and identify our own brokenness. Our perspective should be less about how we can fix the problem and more about how, together, we can ask God to fix each individual and give Him the credit for how He is working in and through us.
What is Notice, Feel, Do?
Throughout the gospels, Jesus demonstrates his awareness of the brokenness in the world. Jesus noticed the blind, the lame, the sick, and the needy. Because of the amount of brokenness in the world we can be tempted to avoid it altogether or grow numb to it. Instead, Jesus invites us to keep our eyes and ears open to the brokenness around us.
When Jesus noticed brokenness, compassion followed. Jesus allowed what he noticed to interact with his heart. Jesus invites us to allow the brokenness in and around us to affect our hearts.
You can be sure that when Jesus had compassion something miraculous was about to happen. As we learn to notice and feel, Jesus invites us to take action in a relational, holistic way.
To help you live this out, we’ve developed a missional living guide we’d love to put in your hands, and walk alongside you. Fill out the form below, and one of our team members will contact you about helping you live more missionally.