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.
This is part of a five-week series where each week 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!
Global Perspective and Engagement
- We raise the sights of our members beyond our congregation and community by developing a Biblical worldview, and we often pray for and reference global matters.
- We have identifiable pathways to support the cause of Christ globally.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to participate in the global dimensions of our ministry.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
Compelling Christian Community
- We understand that our love for one another is a powerful testimony to the deity of Jesus.
- We love each other as we are, not as we should be.
- We share life together beyond the worship service.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42-47
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:
- Heartfelt Worship (Psalm 138:1a; John 4:23)
- Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving (Romans 12:1-8)
Learn more about each of the 10 Healthy Missional Markers here.