Our DNA - consisting of our name, logo, vision, mission, and so forth - is the fundamental core of our church that will be replicated over and over again. This document outlines the DNA of Good News Church – the core that shapes our culture.
Who We Are: what’s in a name?
If people were to meet us, how would they describe us to their friends? Answer: those people are all about the good news of who God is and what he has done in Jesus. We are a community centered on the good news that Jesus is our King, as illustrated in our logo.
Vision: where is God taking us?
Our vision is to show and tell the good news of Jesus to every man, woman, and child in Woodstock, McHenry County, Chicago, and the world.
Mission: how will we get there?
As a community, we glorify God by surrendering all of life to Jesus and inviting others to do the same in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Community Practices: how do we put our mission into practice?
How do we surrender all of life to Jesus? How do we invite others to do the same? Here’s how:
At the center of all we do is a commitment to:
- Believing the Gospel // knowing and loving God
When we believe the gospel, we are given a new identity as a family of servant messengers:
- Living as Family // living the good news
- Loving as Servants // showing the good news
- Going as Messengers // telling the good news
But none of this can be done in our own power, therefore we are committed to:
- Relying on the Spirit // power and guidance through prayer
In short, we are a gospel-centered family of servant messengers empowered by the Holy Spirit. Together we live out the truths of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.
These practices cultivate growth in the three key relationships of a disciple: love for God (UP), love for one another (IN), and love for neighbor and city (OUT).
Strategy: how do we organize ourselves to live out our mission?
Our strategy is designed to create environments where we are learning to surrender all of life to Jesus and invite others to do the same by putting our Community Practices into action. In many ways, they reflect the concentric circles of Jesus’ ministry.
Gospel Communities - Current
The main environment where our Mission and Community Practices are lived out. With the gospel at its center, a Gospel Community lives out their identity as a family of servant messengers as they orient themselves toward reaching a specific mission field in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Gospel Fluency Groups - Current
GFGs consist of 2-3 people of the same gender who are in the same Gospel Community. The goal of a GFG is to know and love God more through the Spirit and the Word in community.
Worship Gatherings – March 2017
A time for the Gospel Community(s) to come together as one church to praise God and be equipped for gospel ministry through song, the preaching of God’s Word, and the Lord’s Supper.
A healthy church member will be consistently involved in these three environments.
Marks of a Disciple: when are we successful?
Surrendering all of life to Jesus means we are becoming like him and so we are successful when we see Jesus’ character formed in people.
Humility marked the life of Jesus and so it ought to mark our lives as well.
As those spiritually born of a God who is love, we share this trait with our heavenly Father.
We are people of the truth that is revealed in Scripture. We worship the one true God.
Jesus will come again and so we look with hope to a future in a world newly created by him.
Our purpose is to glorify God by surrendering all of life to Jesus and inviting others to do the same in the power of the Holy Spirit.