Our Priorities

Antioch Priority: Developing Sending Base Churches

We aim to develop a local infrastructure of multi-lingual sending base churches.

“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3

Our primary sending base churches will come from the harvest. The present generation of new churches will form the infrastructure for the next. We take responsibility for helping to reproduce generative DNA. We work towards a more substantial infrastructure by proposing entry-level ways for existing churches to become involved in starting churches. We will form networks of partnering churches so that it is not necessary for one church to take sole responsibility for a new start. While any size healthy church has reproductive capacity, the intent here is to start churches that will grow large. We work to support these churches accordingly

Acts II Priority: Multiplying B.A.S.I.C. Churches

We invest in a viral-like planting of the gospel that results in starting hundreds of churches among all peoples.

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42

We are calling these B.A.S.I.C. churches. BASIC churches are: 1) biblically based 2)active locally and globally, 3) structured for movement 4) have indigenous and 5) are communities of character.

  • We raise up indigenous leaders from the harvest . We do not support them with salaries, but instead invest in helpful support systems.
  • We multiply churches in the context of simple church networks. When BASIC churches begin, we attempt join them with other local BASIC churches or structure them to be the first church in a network.
  • We organize spiritually for movement around dependency on the Spirit and prayer, including a Luke 10:2 prayer movement.
  • We structure for potential movement using the structural tools of decentralization, segmentation, and interconnectivity. We organize as a nidus (nest), not an umbrella.

Athens Priority: Reaching the Least Reached Groups

We take responsibility for the evangelization of the least reached peoples in the Bay Area and also for the places in the world where these groups are connected.

“Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Aeropagus and said: Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” Acts 17:22-23 ESV

  • Awareness: We will stay aware of the people groups living in the Bay Area. We will pray for them, and by the grace of God, will start indigenous churches among them.
  • Contextualized Approaches: We seek ways of evangelizing and congregationalizing these groups in ways that minimize barriers to the gospel. We seek broad participation by training local church members in worldviews and world religions so that they can be better neighbors.
  • Kingdom Priorities: We realize that these churches may take longer to evangelize and they may not grow quickly. We lay down our own quantitative success stories for the sake of the kingdom.
  • Global Perspective: We work in terms of the larger global implications related to strategic people groups in the Bay Area.

Amos Priority: Starting churches where the Gospel demands we address the need for justice

Starting churches out of community ministries.

“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fundraising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice – oceans of it. I want fairness – rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.” Amos 5:21-24 from The Message

We start ministries that promote justice. Plus, we infuse existing social programs with the gospel.