Gospel Growth: We start, sustain and are satisfied with the Gospel. It is who we are and what we do.
Deepening Community: Being grounded in the Gospel first, we now strive to share our lives while challenging and encouraging one another with the Gospel to grow in Christ.
Widening Mission: We are always on mission as Christians and as a Church. It is our ongoing Joy to share the Gospel with others in the daily rhythms of our lives in West Haven, as well reaching beyond our city to the outer most places.
“Sojourn” in Hebrew and Greek paints the picture of being strangers dwelling in a foreign land for a limited time. This captures many aspects of our hope in Christ, that our true home is in heaven and for a short time we are sent out as strangers/ambassadors into foreign lands. Sojourn also represents that we intentionally desire to raise up and send out other sojourners into West Haven and beyond.
EQUIP. To equip the saints for the work of the ministry, or to make disciples who make disciples we will employ the use of Missional Communities (MCs). MCs are groups of 10-15 disciples who gather weekly to be on mission together and apply God’s Word. Each MC will have a specific mission they target in their weekly rhythms with the gospel: through prayer, interaction, or blessing. Needs: books and hospitality. (Matthew 28:18—Ephesians 4:11-16)
PLANT. It is the calling and joy of every believer to be engaged in planting or sowing the gospel with those around us. We desire to plant the gospel in West Haven by being disciples that make disciples. The activities we are employing are: (1) Planting the awareness of Sojourn in the DNA of West Haven, (2) Starting 3 Missional Communities in 2023, (3) Outreach Activities, and (4) Hospitality.
INTENTIONAL. Everything that Sojourn does is intentionally implemented to keep us focused on the movement of the Gospel into an unreached field, train up new believers into mission, and celebrate what Christ is doing in West Haven.
CELEBRATE. "Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known through all the earth" Isaiah 12:5. As a body of believers on our journey to one day reigning eternally with Christ, we want to celebrate what God has done and is doing in the life of the church. When we celebrate, we strengthen our faith by intentionally looking for the victories in Christ and encourage those who are walking through the trials of this life to keep the faith. Finally, our celebration should be an avenue to spreading the gospel with those who we encounter with on a day-to-day basis.