New Things at Missio
This past Sunday we kicked off a new phase of Missio Church. This new phase comes with a number of changes and additions to what is already taking place. Two of the more visible and tangible changes are, 1) adding a worship gathering to the first Sunday of the month, and 2) reorienting the focus of Missio toward the Northgate, and surrounding, neighborhoods. Both of these changes comes with three ways we are asking all of us to actively engage and participate in over the next few months.
New Worship Gathering
Now that we are moving to 2 worship gatherings (1st and 3rd Sundays) each month I want to encourage you to participate in 3 ways.
Volunteer: We ask everyone to commit to volunteering in ONE area on a Sunday morning ONCE a month. This means everyone will only serve 12 times during the year. We can all do this. Sign up here to volunteer with Missio.
Give: Missio operates out of the overflow of the generosity of our people. We seek to be a church committed to radical generosity in our giving. As a church we strive to be transparent with our finances. And we are committed to using our finances to bless Northgate and the surrounding neighborhoods of North Seattle. You can learn how to give by clicking here.
Bring: At Missio we are creating a culture of invitation. This means we are all responsible for bringing people into this journey with us. We believe in the power of a community of Jesus’ people to help transform cities. Let’s invite people into Missio with us. Who are the 5 people you will invite into Missio over the next 3 months?
Focusing on Northgate and the Surrounding Neighborhoods
For the last 6 months we have focused on building worship systems, training leaders, starting small groups, and creating our structural systems (Governance, Finances, Leadership). This internal focus has been crucial in helping us lay a healthy and stable foundation for Missio. Over the next 3 months we are shifting our focus from the internal development of Missio to the neighborhood and people where Missio now exists, Northgate. During this time we are asking you to help us creatively engage the people of Northgate, and the surrounding neighborhoods, and to find ways to show love and compassion through serving. Here are three questions we want you to continually ask yourself over the next few months.
What is the Spirit telling me? The spirit is going to lead you to the things he wants you to engage in and the people he wants you to build a relationship with. He often uses your passions and gifts to create opportunities for you to engage. So what is he telling you? Who is he leading you to?
What am I going to do about it? Sometimes the Spirit leads us but we forget to follow. Once you know the Spirit is leading you toward someone or to a specific way to serve, what will you do to respond? Let’s be a people who respond by being moved to action.
How can we help? You are never in this alone. We want to help you, equip you, and empower you as you respond to the Spirit’s prompting. As a church we will help in whatever ways we can. This could mean inviting more people to serve with you or to give you some guidance in how to invite people to encounter Jesus.
These next few months are going to be filled with all new challenges and some uncharted territory as we work toward our Launch on April 15th. It is going to be an exciting time of developing a depth of relationship and beginning to pour ourselves in service to the people around us.
My hope and prayer is that Jesus will use us to bring life and joy to our neighborhoods. I love being on this journey with you all.