Dear Peachtree Family,
Our mission is to join Christ daily in the restoration of all things. That is a lofty and beautiful calling, but how do we do it? Strategy answers the question of how to accomplish the mission. For us as a church, our strategy is not a market position, but a process of making disciples. Put another way, how do people participate in the pattern of faithfulness at Peachtree.
Our missional map at Peachtree is in three simple steps:
The first invitation Behold is the easiest to describe. We seek for people to gather regularly in our sanctuary for the Sunday celebration that is worship. It is here that we sing, pray, read, listen, and give. For me, the rhythm of worship calibrates my heart to God’s restoration in me as well as others.
The second invitation Belong refers to a mid-sized community. Think of 20–60 people with whom you can share life together. Examples of belong environments include Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Sunday School, or maybe even home gatherings. This is where social belonging and connectedness takes place. They are what scholars refer to as middle-ring relationships. They are not your most intimate relationships, but it is where we learn to care and dare one another in fellowship. In these communities, we eat, laugh, play, study, and pray.
The third invitation Become goes deeper and smaller still. This is where personal belonging takes place. The most significant moments of transformation for me have not been in large gatherings or classes. Instead, I have experienced the most change in intentional, micro fellowships of two to four. If the second invitation is a banquet table, think of this as a coffee table. Higher degrees of trust and vulnerability enable this environment to get to the soul-level. Examples of this include a mentor-relationship, anyone who takes the time to invest in a few.
I know this is a lot of information, but there is nothing quite like having a clear strategy. As the saying often goes, “if everything is important, then nothing is.” These priorities will begin to shape our life together.
My dear friend, Will Mancini, is going to be giving the message this weekend, and I love how he describes it: He says the mission is like a compass, helping us to stay on course and headed in the right direction. The strategy is like a map, informing you of where you are and where to go.
Will is the founder of Auxano, a non-profit church consulting group, and Younique, a training and certification company for personal calling and life planning through the church. He works with over 400 church teams a year to create clarity and execute each church's vision. He has been in ministry for more than 20 years. He served at Clear Creek Community Church and FaithBridge, both in Houston. He is the author/co-author of multiple books on church leadership and vision. Will lives in Houston with his wife, Romy, and his four children, Jacob, Joel, Abigail, and Poema.
With hope in Christ,