Our Congregational Vitality (CV) journey began by using a resource provided by our denomination and Northwest Conference called “Pathway to Vitality.” Using Scriptural truths and missional markers we assessed our vitality as a stable church with a desire to become a healthy missional church.
In response to this mission and our journey on the Vitality Pathway, we are making time to explore into what the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) calls the 10 Healthy Missional Markers to help create space to talk about what a healthy missional church looks like.
Each week, for the next five weeks, we will focus on two of the 10 Healthy Missional Markers (in no particular order).
First Covenant Church of River Falls' mission has been written, “On the Journey: Sharing Christ, Growing Together". And these markers express this call.
So why are the markers important?
Here is what the ECC's website says:
"It is hard to measure spirituality. Some say it is even unwise to do so. Yet when we look at the New Testament, the disciples are coaching churches forward. They are using a frame of reference of what a vital congregation looks like. Jesus himself is speaking to the churches in Revelation (chapters 2 and 3) about their own strengths and weaknesses.
One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to guide churches into telling the truth about themselves, not just telling the truth about Jesus. In the Bible, evaluation is normal and natural. Although there is no perfect list that describes a healthy missional church, we in the Covenant are using the ten healthy missional markers. By “healthy” we mean pursuing Christ. By “missional” we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world.
It is our fervent prayer that every Covenant church becomes a healthy missional church. These markers help us to listen to the Holy Spirit…so that our ears are open to what Jesus is saying to each church....."
Let's explore two of those now!
- We are burdened for the spiritual condition of those who do not yet know Christ.
- We have identifiable pathways for evangelism to take place in our ministries.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to build spiritual friendships and know how to share the Gospel as God-birthed opportunities arise.
"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."" Matthew 28:18-20
Transforming Communities through Active Compassion, Mercy, and Justice Ministries
- We are burdened for the hurting people in our community and beyond.
- We have identifiable pathways for compassion, mercy, and justice ministries to take place.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to see and address the hurts and the causes of hurt in our community and beyond.
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
How do these two Markers speak to you? How is God positioning you to have a responsive heart to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to First Covenant Church?
Please pray through the 10 Healthy Missional Markers using this helpful link here.
Next week, we will highlight the following Markers:
- Global Perspective and Engagement (Acts 1:8)
- Compelling Christian Community (Acts 2:42-47)
Learn more about each of the 10 Healthy Missional Markers here.