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The CCVT Renewal Challenge reminded us that we could do better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion (that might just look like ‘churches’ we have known) demonstrated by a Community that:

  • Is actively changing the conversation from a ‘church’ conversation to a mission conversation.

  • Has mission as its priority, seeking to be an incarnational ‘contrast’ community and a witness, sign, and foretaste of the Kingdom in its neighbourhood.

  • Centres its life on the Bible and in particular the New Testament; reading it and discerning from it a picture of God’s Kingdom, the salvation story, and transforming spiritual practices.

  • Gathers and grows disciples of Jesus; lifelong learners with a developing spiritual maturity, evidenced by the fruit and gifts of the Spirit, each seeking to operate within the fivefold ministry pattern of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, and Pastor/Teacher of Ephesians 4.

  • Is becoming an ‘order of local missionaries’; engaging those who are yet to belong, confident of affirming and translating the story of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ in a variety of ways and contexts.

  • Invites accountability to one another; demonstrating the fruit of time spent in supporting and watching out for one another in love.

  • Seeks to name where God is at work in their neighbourhood and to join with him there, exhibiting an observable and graceful influence and impact.

  • Welcomes the stranger, demonstrating Kingdom hospitality and its message of grace and generosity.

  • Sees worship, prayer, discernment and learning as expressions of a gathering and sent Community, propelling people outwards to a watching and waiting world.

  • Practices justice and reconciliation as signposts of the Kingdom; revealed by a diversity of age, gender, race, ability, and socioeconomic identity, and by being a safe place for all people.

  • Actively discerns where God might be nudging a Community to be releasing and nurturing new Communities.

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