Our Guiding Beliefs

Our Guiding Beliefs // Mission & Vision

The mission of the local church was given to us by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 28:19-20. Churches can sometimes spend months trying to determine a proper statement of mission. In the end, we are on God’s mission to make more and better disciples.

The vision of each local church is unique because each church is Jesus’ unique creation. The execution of the Great Commission by each church will create unique outcomes, or vision, even if two churches are next door to one another.

The ongoing vision of “double impact in five years or less” to stretch us in our planning. This framing of vision creates healthy tension, and in this tension, causes innovative thinking that leads to courageous decision making. We believe it is entirely realistic to grow at this pace over time.

Vision creates a “True North” from which we can measure success. Each church should learn to objectify success and learn to judge progress and impact apart from personal preferences. Success should only be measured in terms of mission and vision accomplishment.

The mission of the local church was given to us by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 28:19-20. Churches can sometimes spend months trying to determine a proper statement of mission. In the end, we are on God’s mission to make more and better disciples.

Our Guiding Beliefs // Church Growth & Strategy

The church was meant to grow, and its leaders should be concerned about increasing its kingdom impact. More and better disciples will create more and better kingdom impact in our world. This impact will take many forms and a church should make an effort to measure and monitor its impact. God speaks to us when we are intentional in his name, for his glory.

The power to grow the church’s impact is in the Gospel, not in our efforts. The power to have a profound impact is in every Gospel-centered church. However, God works with and through us to grow his church. We have been called to plant and water and he gives the increase. We must discern the work to be done in the next season of ministry in order to realize this potential.

There are no “silver bullets” that work for every ministry but there are best practices to be learned and used. We should be lifelong learners, ready to adapt our ministry practices. ChurchOS simplifies and objectifies the fundamentals of a growing church in a way that allows evaluation of progress and continuous learning.

A church should strive for balance in its Great Commission execution and outcomes. In the past, we’ve seen the overemphasis of attractional, communal and missional strategies that have led to limited impact. We believe that the Church was meant to be constantly fighting for balance in these three areas while never losing focus on the lost as a priority.

Jerusalem and Antioch are the priority when it comes to Great Commission activation. Often a church will want to focus on the downline ripple effect of impact in Judea, Samaria or beyond. We are convinced that these ripples of impact come from a robust plan to advance the Great Commission in your local community and region first and foremost. We then become stewards of both the effectiveness at home and the ripples abroad.

Great strategies for Great Commission activation are fueled by prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit. We teach our churches to pray and truly trust God for kingdom impact. If a church finds itself less effective than desired, it must first pray and then evaluate and plan. The Holy Spirit’s wisdom and guidance is paramount.

Our Guiding Beliefs // Evangelism & Discipleship

We must imbalance our strategies, vision and execution toward “The One”, or the lost. The natural bias of the church body is to turn inward. As leaders, we must constantly be fighting to keep the vision and strategies of the church focused on the lost in our communities.

A church’s “reach zone” is far bigger than it thinks. The relational spheres of a church’s body, which is usually two to four times bigger than its average weekend attendance, contains thousands or tens of thousands of lost people. Most churches cannot envision the evangelistic potential of their church and we must help establish and expand this vision.

We must be leaders who are concerned with both grace and truth. Our churches will emphasize grace. Many churches overemphasize being truth centered. We will lead churches to create a place where the lost belong, prayerfully come to believe and then join the church and Jesus on mission.

Churches should grow primarily through relational evangelism. While growth will happen in all kinds of ways, both in depth and breadth, we lead our churches to plan for numerical growth primarily through conversions.

A focus on evangelism and reaching the lost is a great way to grow deeply committed disciples. Incredible maturity is required when you realize the church is not there to serve you and your needs. The Church exists to be on Christ’s mission of seeking and saving the lost.

No two individual discipleship pathways are identical. Our job is to partner with God in the reaching of the lost as well as the deepening of the saved. The primary way we do so is to engage people in the fundamental activities that God uses to grow people – namely, the commitment to the gathering where Jesus is glorified and scripture is preached, the commitment to life-changing relationships and the commitment to increasing surrender, and living a life of sacrifice and service.

Our Guiding Beliefs // Stewardship & Resources

As leaders, we are stewards of God’s Church during this season. Our goal is to pass it to the next generation in the best shape possible. As stewards alone, we can also objectively analyze our church, its current state, and its future vision. The Church is forever the bride of Christ, but
only temporarily is it in our hands.

Church leadership is typically a zero-sum leadership proposition. We must seek to spend every dollar and minute as strategically as possible when it comes to the Great Commission. Every square foot, dollar and minute of the day matters. To spend resources in one place means to not spend them in another place. The four commodities of life – time, money, energy, and attention must be wisely spent.

Attention is a new commodity. We must the church spend and use God’s resources, provided by His people, in the best way possible. These resources are time, money, energy, and attention.

Our Guiding Beliefs // Coaching & Training

Self-discovery is far more powerful than consulting. We should begin with an honest team-based conversation, never with assessments and consultant-based evaluations. If we begin our work with our opinions and insights, we sometimes create distraction, division and discouragement.

We are better together – church leaders collaborating and learning from one another from the trenches of ministry. No single local church can accomplish God’s mission in the world. Every Gospelcentered church should have a plan to take spiritual ground in the name of his mission. We must collaboratively link arms to make this happen at a world-changing scale.

We will not create dependency on us. Instead we teach, train and offer resources to operate without us. Our aim is to see the church adopt ChurchOS, The LIving Toolbox, and its core process of Intentional Growth Planning as its operating system. The sole intent is to activate the Great Commission, leading to an increasing impact generation after generation.

Intentional Churches exists to build, train, and support a movement of churches that consistently activate the Great Commission. We have built an operating system called ChurchOS™ based on the timeless truths of scripture to help the local church become strong and resilient. It includes a Living Toolbox™ which creates powerful, practical church leadership conversations and plans. We support the system with coaching, collaboration, and training for any leader with a passion to reach the lost and deepen the saved. We have built ChurchOS™ with you in mind!