My brother is currently working on planting a church in the downtown Richmond, VA area. He is working with a group in Arkansas that helps plant churches. Recently I have been helping him craft a short statement describing what Movement is all about. Movement is what he is probably going to call this new plant. Here is what we have come up with, what do you think? You can also check out his site by going to www.moverichmond.org.
“Why Movement? The easy answer is God is a mover. Moving planets, moving stars, and moving people. He is constantly setting people in motion, defining His followers by forward progress rather than stationary comfort. From the beginning of time, God has been causing movement. The nation of Israel was constantly in motion and people never encountered Christ without being sent in some new direction.
If we take our DNA in this new life from God, and God is a mover, we must also be in motion. Constantly moving, changing, bringing, going , and causing motion to happen to happen in the lives of others. Forward motion in the areas that truly matter – spiritual poverty, physical poverty, compassion, love and lostness.
The beauty of movement is it never arrives. It never finishes. Movement is a journey much like transformation. Our lives are to be like Christ and that is a life long pursuit. In much the same way beauty can’t be defined as well as it can be recognized, this movement will be recognized by a few factors. Chief among them are seeing disciples made and unleashing them into the world around us. Equipping those disciples to realize their God given pursuits and passions and engage a lost culture with the Gospel of Christ. In creating disciples our desire is to see people pursuing God’s presence, seeing the world with His perspective and living out His purposes.
True community is another recognizable feature of this movement. Within the building of this community people will be encouraged to live lives of transparency. Getting involved in the messy areas of life and loving all people as Christ loved. This is not a self contained community but one that is constantly looking to serve outside itself and looking to bring others in. An unleashing into the world not for the sake of one church but for the sake of the Church.
God’s movement toward redemption is happening all around us everyday. We will not be starting anything new, but rather joining in something very old. Our desire is to change and impact where we are and unleash others to do the same. As we link arms with others looking to change the world, it is our prayer that God would be glorified and His movement fleshed out both locally and globally.”
What do you think? What would your Passion statement be? What about your church?