Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… In my President’s address at our recent 2014 Fellowship National Conference, I spoke about the nature of God’s grace. God chose to stoop down for us when He chose to extend His grace and loving kindness to each of us.
Our Fellowship of churches is an agent of God’s grace to this grace-deprived world. We are in the enviable position to express this grace through word and deed to those who are far from God. The question is, are we ambassadors or secret agents of God’s grace—declaring it aloud, living it unashamedly, or seeking to be quiet and unnoticed?
In days of old, an army went into battle with a battle-cry! King Jehoshaphat’s army sent the choir in singing before the troops.
Our newly created Fellowship Direction Document (FDD) serves as our “battle cry”; it declares our marching orders as a Movement of Churches. It helps us define our identity and clarify our purpose. It whittles down the essential elements of “who we are” and “what we do”.
Our mission compels us, our vision inspires us, our values guide us and our strategy commits us.
Please take a moment to read and study the FDD, which can be found at www.wearethefellowship.ca. If you’ve already seen it, please read it again. Over two years were spent creating this document, with hundreds of Fellowship family members participating in the process. Some gave large contributions to the process, some smaller.
The FDD is our Statement of Mission, which, along with our Affirmation of Faith, serves as our identity statement, clearly and boldly declaring to God, ourselves, and those outside our Movement that the Fellowship means to get the job done—mission accomplished!
This is a movement document, not a National or Regional document. It defines who we are as a whole, an entire Movement of churches pursuing Christ’s mission.
Pass the FDD along to others. Watch the brief video on our site that explains this new document, available at www.wearethefellowship.ca. Use the attached bulletin insert (two versions) to spread the word in yourSunday services.
Now that we have a Statement of Mission, the question is: what are we collectively going to do with it? Only you can answer that.
Have a blessed week,