We accomplish our vision by focusing on community, transparency, and discipleship.
Relationships develop trust. Once trust is developed people begin to be open and honest about their lives. Once that has happens, discipleship can take place, transforming people into who Christ has created them to be.
Key Question: How many times do church members hangout, besides Sunday or Wednesday services?
The early Church spent the whole week together, sharing in life and possessions. We realized that if the Church is supposed to be a family, there should be much more interaction that just services on the weekend. Christ's salvation is not just about a personal relationship with God. It is also an entrance into God's new covenant family, the Church. The Church community is fundamental to the Gospel and, therefore, is fundamental to Christ's Mercy Church. Church members should hang out and have fun together. We shouldn't meet with our church family only for spiritual occasions; we should also be able to enjoy life with one another outside the church service. In this community of faith, iron sharpens iron and we help one another become who God has called us to be.
"Godly community is a greenhouse for growth." - Dr. Elijah Brown
Key Question: Out of all the people you go to Church with, how many of their testimonies do you know?
We realized that although many of us had been in churches all our lives, we seldom knew anyone's story of who they were before Christ, how they came to him, and how they are being changed now. Realizing that churches rarely share testimonies and openly talk about struggles (whether anger, drugs, addiction to pornography, or any other sin) we decided to create an atmosphere where people can confess their sins without feeling condemned, and receive guidance in overcoming that sin. Authentic change can only happen when we begin to live as authentic people and open up about what's going on in our lives.
The early Church was incredibly intimate and transparent, however contemporary churches usually are not. Transparency is core to our fellowship and community, as well as a fundamental tool in reaching others ("They triumphed over him (Satan) by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony." Rev. 12:11). Thus, we share testimonies during Sunday service as well as house gatherings. Also, rather than requiring a letter or other things for membership, giving your testimony (we guide you through the process and show you how) is the "formal" entrance into our church membership.
Key Question: If 12 disciples changed the whole world, and millions of Christians gather on Sundays, but have little impact - are we making disciples?
Lots of people attend Church, but how many disciples are really being made? We feel like our purpose it to create disciples, not just attract followers. Our hope is to develop our members into leaders themselves, who can disciple others. If the Church attracts a lot of people, but those people are never raised to be leaders for Christ themselves, we fail to carry out Jesus' mission. We love to develop house church leaders and discipleship mentors who can walk through life with others in the faith and disciple them, replicating the process. We have a strategic discipleship process designed to furnish personal growth and develop members into leaders. Yet, more important than a process or program, we want to walk side by side with you through life personally and guide you to be the leader for Christ that God has designed you to be.
"If you make disciples you will always get the church, but if try to build the church you will rarely get disciples." - Mike Breen