We know assuredly that God has a vision for Jersey Life Church and it is our collective dream to work with Him in covenant relationship to realize that vision. In its simplest form this dream is captured through a very simple, yet profound vision statement(s).
Vision: We see Jersey Life Church (JLC) being a fresh expression of Jesus’ love and being used by God as a catalyst to breathe life into a new movement which multiplies and helps other Churches “make all things new”, in South Jersey, across the region, and beyond.
Short Version: We will be used by God to transform lost people in our community into fully devoted followers of Christ!
We believe God calls us to live in authentic relationships in the context of community. We will experience and display the resurrected Christ, living in and through us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. In addition, we are a place for people who are not here yet: Any person, Any place, Any price. Inviting people into a life-giving relationship with Jesus is our calling and purpose.
Understanding that biblical love has a different definition that the one the secular world would hold to, we are convinced and convicted that love is above all else engaging in relationships. Jesus taught us and demonstrated for us that love is habitual, sacrificial action. Accordingly, as we pursue becoming the church God would have us be, those collective dreams will manifest themselves in very real ways. That is why,
Empowered by God’s Spirit we see this new church…
Possessing a passion for sharing the Love of Jesus Christ with every one that becomes a part of our daily lives. We will do that in many and varied ways. Lifestyle Evangelism – We will develop relationships with people far from God with the hope that the Holy Spirit will give us an opportunity to share our wonderful story of Jesus. Servant Evangelism – We will seek opportunities in our daily lives and special events to serve others with the goal of “Expressing God’s love in a practical way.” Compassion – We will plan ways to “GO” out into the community to seek opportunities to connect with people, giving them an opportunity to move closer to having a relationship with our Lord. Proclamation – We will make a simple but clear presentation of the Good News in every church gathering. We will measure our level of success not solely by how many people show up on Sunday but will instead celebrate those who are walking by faith daily.
Engaging in small groups called Life Groups for discipleship and fellowship. A Life Group at JLC is a sermon-based gathering of 4 to 12 people who experience life together and share God’s love with each other and the community. We will be a people who model the Christian values as an example for people to follow. We will see people drawn to the Lord and our church because of our lives.We will have at least 60% of our regular attenders actively participating in Life Groups.
Demonstrating God’s love to others in practical ways by encouraging every attender to be involved in a significant ministry within the church and a mission outside the church. We will continually seek opportunities to accomplish this vision. Being SO consumed with our God given mission and vision that we are compelled to find increasingly more ways to address real needs in our community with each passing season. We will actively and passionately build God’s Kingdom every day!
Providing opportunities for ALL the children & youth of our area to learn about and experience God’s love and a personal relationship with Jesus. We will create a safe place for children to have fun and experience God’s unconditional love. They will grow to understand and apply God’s principles of love to their lives. We will challenge our teens to have a real and vital relationship with the Lord. Because of this they will be less tempted to buy into the cultural norms of co-habitation, sex outside of marriage, drug use, and other worldly activities.
Being a loving community, where every person feels and acts like they belong. This loving will move from a passive level to an active level. Not only will a guest be surrounded by people expressing a genuine interest, but our people will seek opportunities everywhere to invite people to come and see what’s happening. As God’s children we will be willing to have our lives interrupted, and our preferences put aside in order to touch and love others that God created and loves. Through this journey we are growing closer to each other and closer to God ! Disciples cannot be made apart from community…We believed this truth from day one. The outcome is a group of people meeting and functioning as a spiritual extended family. We learned from Jesus that life is all about relationships…
- Our relationship with God
- Our relationship with each other
- Our relationship with disconnected people in our community and beyond
Making worship the major purpose and priority in our lives. We will not limit our worship to one hour on Sunday morning, but live a lifestyle of worship. We will develop an excitement for gathering together as a community of faith that causes us to make those opportunities to worship together a priority in our lives. Family worship at home will be a normal practice in our lives. We see JLC people having such an excitement that their friends and neighbors readily accept the invitation to come and see.
Multiplying as all healthy, living things do. Our God-sized hope and dream is to begin a ripple effect that becomes a movement of communities where everyday people follow Jesus, together. Just as true disciples make disciples we believe that churches in tune with Christ will bear lasting fruit of new churches. We believe God will use us to continue to birth new expressions of His love (i.e. more churches, missional communities etc.). We are committed to walking by faith with our Lord and Savior.