OUR MISSION, VISION, & STRATEGY
We are an Anglican church committed to pursuing a genuine relationship with God, with one another, and with our city.
To follow Jesus and make disciples.
This is a no-nonsense summary of Jesus’ teaching in the Great Commandments and Great Commission.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
“And Jesus came and said to them, “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.” Matthew 28:18-20
A community that is rooted, restful, and relational.
We are Rooted. In the midst of monumental cultural transitions, it should come as no surprise that Christians and non-Christians alike are attracted to a historic, rooted faith— a faith that is solid in the midst of the transition— that doesn’t seem to have fallen prey to the latest fads. We are rooted in the ancient Christian tradition and yet relevant to life today. We are rooted in the Scripture. We are rooted in this community and desire to be a blessing to the North Texas region and beyond. Our community is rooted.
We are Restful. Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working at the office or working out at the gym. They schedule in time with friends the way students with 4.0 G.P.A.’s make sure to sign up for community service because it looks good on their college applications. Busyness, confusion, fear, worry, and complexity color the internal lives of more and more people in our mission field— the North Texas Metroplex. To respond to the messy fretfulness in our own hearts and those of our neighbors, we root our worship and discipleship to Jesus in the simple beauty given to us in liturgy— in Word and Sacrament. And we encourage one another to “make room for life”— to choose a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation. Jesus’ invitation to the crowds was profoundly simple: “Come to me you who are weary and I will give you rest.” Our community is restful.
We are Relational. Church of the Resurrection is all about relationships. We seek to create an environment where people can pursue life’s three key relationships— with God, with other Christians, and with the city and world around us.
- Discover Grace– A Relationship with God: God pursues a relationship with you that is real and personal.
- Discover Genuine Community– A Relationship with other Christians: God’s way of making himself known to the world is through a community of people called the Church.
- Discover Purposeful Mission– A Relationship with the city and world around you: God calls the Church to know, love, and serve her neighbors. And God calls each person to discover their purpose in this life— their vocation. We believe all work is sacred— and that everyone has a unique calling to serve God and others in the world.
Rooted. Restful. Relational.
Welcome to The Table.
The primary way we discover a relationship with God, with other Christians, and with the city and world around us is through the simple act of sharing a meal. At first glance, this sounds far too elementary. I can imagine many who read this will think, “you just want us to eat together? I thought following Jesus was about carrying one’s cross, dying to self, loving the ‘least of these.’ That sort of thing.”
No doubt, these are apt descriptions of the life of Christ. However, his strategy for healing the world and making disciples centered around the practice of meal-sharing. Did you know there are only three ways the New Testament completes the sentence, “The Son of Man came…”?
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45);
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10);
“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking . . .” (Luke 7:34).
The first two are statements of purpose. Why did Jesus come? He came to serve, to give his life as a ransom, to seek and save the lost. “The third is a statement of method. How did Jesus come? He came eating and drinking.” Tim Chester
Jesus’ primary way of pursuing friendship with others was by gathering around a table and sharing a meal.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day used food as a way to oppress others. They used meals as a way to determine who was excluded. The “sinful” or the poor were simply not welcome. Even the seating order around a table was determined by a person’s apparent worth or importance. In contrast to all of this, Jesus used meals as a way of including everyone. (Mt. 9:9-11)
A brief overview of Scripture reveals the importance of this metaphor of meal-sharing:
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son…”
“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” “never again will they hunger or thirst.”
So, our strategy for building life’s three key relationships is the same strategy used by Jesus Christ. He was outrageously hospitable toward everyone and offered a seat at the table to anyone willing to join in.
Discover Grace – We gather around God’s table each week.
Discover Genuine Community – We gather around one another’s tables to share in our common life. The primary environment for community at Church of the Resurrection is a small group.
Discover Purposeful Mission – we invite everyone to experience grace and community by joining us at the table.