What is our vision?
We see a church like Jesus Christ—radical spirit and humble, teaching and healing, soul saving and soul tending, leader and servant, unbound and outbound. We also see a Wesleyan Church – personal holiness and social holiness, connectional and risk-taking, thoughtful and inspirational, small groups and large vision, welcoming all and respect for diversity of thought.
What is our purpose?
To call, equip, send and support clergy and lay spiritual leaders to make and mature disciples, grow vital congregations and transform the world.
What is a disciple?
We seek disciples that will sit at the feet of Jesus and become life-long learners and followers of Jesus Christ, leaving behind the safety and complacency to serve like Christ to save souls, end poverty, be graceful with those at the margins, connect with people who are different from us, and magnify God’s presence in the world. This type of discipleship is encouraged and supported through vital congregations.
What is a turnaround spiritual leader?
Turnaround spiritual leaders assess the gifts and needs of the congregation to make new disciples, grow worship, grow faith through small groups, engage in life-changing mission and increase giving to mission and ministry.
- Assess the spiritual depth, gifts and strategies needed to grow the congregation and serve the community,
- Cast a courageous vision,
- Assist the congregation to set and achieve challenging goals,
- Inspire and equip the congregation to make new disciples,
- Grow worship attendance,
- Grow disciples’ faith through small groups,
- Engage the congregation in life changing mission, and
- Increase giving to mission and ministry.(Turnaround Spiritual Leaders description from GNJ Strategic Ministry Plan, pages 4 & 10)
What is a vital congregation?
Vital Congregations are inwardly transformed and missionally outbound. Vital congregations are Spirit-filled, forward-leaning communities of believers that grow over time, welcome all people (Galations 3:28); make disciples of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20); and serve like Christ through justice and mercy ministries (Micah 6:8 and Luke 4:17-21).
How do vital congregations grow?
- Inspired and inviting and worship
- Engaged disciples in mission and outreach
- Gifted, empowered and equipped lay leadership
- Equipped, effective, and inspired clergy leadership
- Faith-formed small group ministries, and
- Strong children and youth ministries
(Vital Congregation description from GNJ Strategic Ministry Plan, page 5, approved May 2013)
What type of disciple does GNJ seek to make?
- Disciples who will sit at the feet of Jesus and become life-long learners and followers of Jesus Christ,
- Disciples who leave behind safety and complacency to serve like Christ to save souls, and
- Disciples who strive to end poverty, be graceful to those at the margins, connect with people who are different from us, and magnify God’s presence in the world.(Discipleship description from GNJ Strategic Ministry Plan, page 7, approved May 2013)
What is our commitment?
We are committed to resource and support the development of congregations and lay and clergy leadership. Equipped and vital leaders and congregations are powerful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the region.
What types of leaders does GNJ seek to develop?
We call leaders for their discipleship and leadership qualities. We equip them with skills.
- Leaders with a call for a heart for Jesus and will develop for spiritual maturity
- Leaders with a call for passion will grow vital congregations
- Leaders with a call for vision will lead change and resolve conflict
- Leaders with a call for diversity will develop cultural competence (how to understand different cultures and community needs as well as how to interact, communicate and lead within multi cultural contexts)
- Leaders with a call for youth will develop congregations for supporting younger leaders
- Leaders with a call for creativity and innovation will minister in particular contexts
- Leaders with a call for perseverance will develop fruitful ministry