1. Jesus the King and His Unshakable Kingdom (Hebrews 12:28, 13:8)
We are a fellowship of believers united in obedience to the Lord Jesus for Kingdom ministry among the poor. Effective service flows from intimate fellowship with the person of Jesus Christ and is directed by the values of His Kingdom.
2. The Poorest of the Poor (Matthew 25:40, James 2:5)
We believe the least are great in the economy of the Kingdom. Our mission is to seek out those for whom there is the least concern and assistance, to love the “unlovely” and touch the “untouchable” in Jesus’ name. Our presence will expose the reality that in Christ the poor are rich, and the rich apart from Christ are utterly poor.
3. Community (Genesis 1:27, Mark 6:7, John 13:35, I Corinthians 12, Acts 4:32, Philippians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
We find our identity and method of mission in the Triune nature of God. God, three-in-one, is community and He created us, humanity, after His likeness. Through the Father, God has wept over, longed for, ran to and embraced His prodigal world. Through the Son, God has redefined the values of our communities by bringing the poor, the lost and the outcaste from the periphery to the center. Through the Spirit, God has endowed and sent us as community into a dying world to demonstrate a new humanity. We gladly submit to God’s desire for us, together, to be the Body of Christ as a prophetic witness to a world that worships extreme individualism and practices detrimental isolationism. In our celebration of community, we express our commitment to solidarity with the fragmented and marginalized.
4. An Incarnational Methodology (John 1:14, 20:21, II Corinthians 5:18-20, 8:9) and a Holistic Approach (Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 25:35-46, James 2:15-16, I John 3:16-18)
An incarnational method avoids isolation and separation from the poor and encourages intense identification with the poor. Identification is necessary in the ministry of reconciliation for there to be effective and on-going transformation. We look to our Savior for our example: who humbled Himself and though He was rich, made Himself poor for our sakes. Consequently, we do not minister to the poor – rather, we are in ministry among the poor.
We recognize the world suffers from both physical and spiritual hunger. Our ministry is to satisfy those hungers by offering the bread of loaf along with the Bread of Life. We believe that the Kingdom of God redemptively addresses every question concerning human need, and so we are committed to respond holistically to the needs of man with the compassion and methodology of Jesus’ ministry. Our objective is to redeem the whole person toward the redemption of society. We seek to be agents of holistic transformation, desiring to facilitate the realization of regeneration, restoration and reintegration of the poorest of the poor.
5. Simplicity in Life and Ministry (Matthew 10:7-10, I John 3:16-18)
We posture ourselves in simplicity with open hands, looking to Jesus as our motivation and model for mission. The life and ministry of Christ demonstrates and demands the celebration of simplicity of lifestyle as an essential element of Kingdom culture. Simplicity is our liberation and freedom from those things that bind us to the world. Simplicity is our privilege, submitting all that is physical as means to spiritual ends. We recognize all we have is God’s gracious blessing, and in submission we give it back to Him for His will and desires. Simplicity is not an end in itself. Rather, simplicity is a choice to bring redemption to the poorest of the poor. Patterning our lives and ministry after Christ, we exist that the Living Word be made flesh among the poorest of the poor by the ministry of His Holy Spirit.
6. Partnership and Indigeneity (Revelation 5:9-10)
We celebrate the culture of the Kingdom of God wherein all believers are one irrespective of nationality. In this oneness, mission further unifies us through fellowship fulfilled in service. Though we celebrate partnership, we believe that nationals have the greatest opportunity for the intense identification necessary for on-going transformation among the poorest of the poor. We serve in catalyzing and facilitating a movement of believers world-wide who are committed to the redemptive ministry of Jesus among the poorest of the poor.
7. The Urban Context (Matthew 9:35-36, 21:10, Luke 13:34-35)
We are a community of compassion displaying and declaring the values of the Kingdom within a secure society. We seek to illustrate and embody the reality of the Kingdom within the major urban centers of the two-thirds world. We recognize the phenomenon of global urbanization and respond with a commitment to focus our energies toward the redemption of the city. As salt, light and leaven, we are committed to being strategically scattered throughout the city having a progressive impact on the whole. It is our conviction that the answer for the secular city (the kingdom of man) is the City of God (the Kingdom of God). As we practice the presence and proclamation of the Kingdom through ministries of compassion, the secular city will encounter the reality of Jesus and His Kingdom.