We are a multi-generational church with a heart for the next generation. Everything we do is about seeing Christ alive in us and Christ alive in others. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” We dream of that abundant life breaking out in the hearts of those who call the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor area home. We dream of men and women in every generation being caught up in this redemptive adventure and living sent as disciples who make disciples, imparting to each one a lifestyle of worship, community, and mission.
We believe there is no greater end than to know and love Jesus forever. To this end, we eagerly offer to Jesus all that we are, have, and do so that others might come to know him too. We are believing God to see one thousand people place their faith in Jesus and countless more liberated from the bondage of sin and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Men, women and children of all ages will come alive to the adventure of knowing and following Jesus as their highest joy and greatest love.
We will see thousands discover what it means to belong and to be the church. We are believing God to see three thousand people learn and live our discipleship pathway designed to lay a foundation in every member for a lasting lifestyle of worship, community, and mission. We will invest in the next generation through life-on-life discipleship, multi-generational mentoring, and gospel-centered theological training. We will train one hundred new missionaries for vocational ministry and church-planting and equip everyone to serve bi-vocationally with a heart to join Jesus wherever He leads.
We long to see God’s Kingdom come on Earth, for wrongs to be made right, and for all to become who God created them to be. We will love our neighbors both locally and globally, actively seeking out ways we can help meet needs of all kinds. We will focus on establishing and nurturing meaningful local partnerships with the southeast Ann Arbor community as well as international partnerships with Amani ya Juu in Kenya and churches in El Salvador. We will do this with a posture of humility, an eagerness to listen, and a commitment to collaborate with others.
We want to be a mother church and measure success by our sending capacity, not our seating capacity. Every Sunday will be a sending Sunday that reminds us all to live sent in our dorms, our homes, our neighborhoods, and our circles of influence. Every year, through graduations, career changes, and family moves we will send individuals and families on to new works with Christ all over the U.S. and the world. And because church-planting is one of the most effective ways to spread the gospel, every few years we will send out teams of people to start new churches in college towns, believing God to see four churches planted and a fifth planned in this decade.
We are a people with the greatest news the world has ever heard, with the power of the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, and with the love of the Father that knows no bounds. Our dream is that the whole world would be caught up in the redemptive adventure of following Jesus.