Ask anyone who has been around New Day for a while and they will tell you it is unique. Some would say it’s difficult to describe. We’re no longer a baby church, but we have grown into something that does not necessarily look and feel like many other more established churches, either. In some ways, we’re in uncharted territory.
That raises a host of questions. What are we? Where are we headed? What has changed since we first launched back in 2003?
New Day leaders have been wrestling with those questions for the past couple years, and it has been a remarkable process. We’ve discovered that our church values have been a clear defining factor in who we are today. And we don’t want to move away from them. We’ve also come to see that we are a church that treasures the grace of the gospel wherever we can find it.
So the time is ripe for us to cast a vision for moving forward that is in line with where we’ve come so far. As we rearticulate our mission for a new season, we wanted a statement that could:
- Reflect the distinct character of New Day.
- Be easily remembered.
- Work on multiple levels and in practical ways.
- Focus on God rather than our own effort.
Here’s where we landed. The mission of New Day is to
Live out of being loved by God.
That’s it. Sounds simple, right? But if you camp there for any length of time, you begin to realize, “I don’t really live from there very often.” You start to see how much would change if that truth was the basis for how a church operates and how we function as individuals.
Over the next weeks and months, we want to unpack that together. We are going to continue this conversation on Sunday mornings, in small groups, in Bible studies and classrooms.
This blog space will serve as a central hub for resources, links, stories and testimonials.
Will you join us on this journey? Better yet — will you grab a friend and enter into a dialog with them about it? You can take part in one of our existing gatherings or form your own.
Let’s see what God has for us in 2017!