Eugene Peterson talks of long obedience in the same direction. We want to be a people who are in for the long haul, steadfast and grounded in what and Who we believe in and hope for.
Sometimes this is an ecstatic sprint, but more often than not it is a steady plod in the ordinary joys and challenges of life.
We want to be His Kingdom bringers in the here and now. While being hopeful for eternal life in the future, we realise our call and responsibility to the whole of creation is to be bearers of His Kingdom, to be restorers of hope, to share His peace and to be part of His ‘making all things new’ story.
Wherever we are
Whatever we do is a holy vocation – whether a plumber or a student or a stay-at-home parent – we are the people of God in the places and neighbourhoods we find ourselves in.
We want to be empowered to use our spiritual gifts within our church community when we gather and to our workmate, neighbour or family member in the rest of the week.
Wherever we are is holy ground.
Whether in Hamilton, elsewhere in New Zealand, or among distant nations, we are a sent out people to be the light of Jesus in a broken and hurting world.