Mission & Vision
The Mission of this church and of the universal Church is formed for us by Jesus himself in his Great Commission to the church found in the Gospel according to Matthew 28:18-20: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
This Great Commission is built on the Great Commandment of Jesus found in Luke 10:27:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself."
For simplicity’s sake, we say our mission is to be:
“Disciples of Jesus, Discipling in love.”
In the understanding that our personal and communal walk of faith is formed and grows as we invest ourselves in ministering to and discipling others, this mission statement forms our concept of how we work for the Kingdom of God:
“Church of the Apostles exists to glorify God and make disciples by nurturing a community in which every person has the opportunity to grow in intimacy with Jesus Christ and with others.”
We seek wholeness in Christ to facilitate communities of wholeness in the world.
Our vision is what we point to purposefully (Pinnacle/Mountaintop), and how we get there today (Steps/Milestones).
Church of the Apostles glorifies God by celebrating the healing power of the Holy Spirit through prayer, praise and worship that overflows into community, living the joy of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.
How We Get There
These milestones are our point of integration into the vision; how we get there. They help us build momentum in climbing to the mountaintop by showing us how we will specifically live into God’s Vision for us. They are comprehensive and specific, and point to our short term means for living into this Vision.
- Worship – Jesus calls us to “worship the Father in Spirit and truth” (John 4:23). While our everyday lives are a constant act of worship (Romans 12:1), we have an innate need to come together in corporate worship. (Hebrews 10:25) The history of Apostles points to Three Streams (sacramental, charismatic and evangelical) in one river of Christianity.
In corporate worship we experience the presence of God that joins us to the worship before the throne of grace in the heavenly realm (Revelation 4). We are revived and transformed by the Holy Spirit. We experience His Spiritual gifts to do the same things Jesus did, thereby making visible the Kingdom of God.
Discipleship - The Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Church at Rome 12:1 -2 - The Message "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." Amen. Inspired by this, it is our prayer that we form Biblical Christians who fully reflect the light of Christ into the world in their everyday ordinary lives. We are part of God's transformative love that works for His Kingdom overwhelming the darkness in the world one life at a time, as well as whole communities at a time, connected with His universal Church across time. We do this through various discipleship programs that incorporate biblical teaching, prayerful formation, orthodox theology, transformational healing, and practical missional service in an inter-generational setting.
Community-centered ministry - We plan, by the grace of God, in the coming year, to be led to a place from which we can minister, a center of community from which we can reach out to the surrounding community, using this as a place for regular Sunday worship, formation, healing, and office space combined under one roof. And since God has blessed us with the gifting of worship arts (music, dance, art), we plan to use this space for arts programs for people of all ages.
Our Children and Family Ministry reaches out in love to families and children with teaching, worship and quality time. We pray to the Lord of the Harvest to bring in the little ones and their families, and in this school year of 2014-15 to increase by 100% the children and families to whom we minister, and to give us the resources to do so.
The purpose of our Youth Ministry is to 7-12 graders is to build them up relationally with one another and with Jesus, and to build strong Christian leaders for the next generation. We hope to increase the number of youth participants by 20% in the coming year.
Our Healing Ministry, comprised of The Healing Center at Apostles and our Prayer Rail Ministry, serves many people within and outside of our worship settings. We pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit to enliven this ministry by not only bringing people to healing of body, mind and spirit, in the name of Jesus, but also by bringing the transformative power of His love into the midst of our worshipping community. In this ministry we expect to witness healings every week as the congregation grows spiritually.
Small Groups are where intimacy with one another and Jesus has the opportunity to deepen. They are also a front door into the faith community because of their very relational aspect. We are intentionally working to provide all members of Apostles with the opportunity to be part of a small group, and to have multiple small groups open to people who do not yet know us in our neighborhoods, work places and affinity relationships. It is our goal that we will have 75% of the congregation involved in a small group by the end of 2015. We understand that the number of small groups will need to increase dramatically to reach this goal.
We look to partner with domestic and overseas missions where their mission directly aligns with our mission and vision, and where we have strong relational ties, congregational involvement, strong regular communication, demonstrated need, demonstrated spiritual fruit, financial accountability, and the call of God on our hearts and minds to partner with them. All current and future mission support will be evaluated with these criteria.
Every month, dozens of people at Apostles participate in feeding ministries both in Fairfax County and Washington D. C. We pray that as we come together in service to the homeless, we are transformed and fortified in God’s grace, knowing Him more deeply as we work together for the Kingdom and sharing that love with the homeless we serve. By the end of 2014, we will have a plan to be more locally focused that will include action steps.
Limited Short Term Milestones (2015)
Launching a new initiative at George Mason University, an on-campus, multi-generational church, which seeks to transform those in the George Mason community by God’s love through Jesus Christ so that we can transform the world in the power of God’s Spirit. We hope to minister to 100 students/staff on campus this school year, and have a total average Sunday attendance of 50 in regular Sunday worship.