WHY HILLIARD?

We are 3 weeks into the launch of Movement Church.  I have wanted to share more about our DNA and where we are headed so I thought I would start a series of posts taken from the proposal we used to fundraise and gather our launch team.

Post 2: Why Hilliard is ripe for the gospel and a new church.

People ask me all the time “Why Hilliard?”

I don’t have permission to publish the maps and research we studied, but in short there are many people in Hilliard who do not know Jesus. I don’t mean that there are not great churches in town, but just that the faith involvement in this area is some of the lowest in central Ohio.  We are here because we want to be apart of the solution.  We want Hilliard to know Jesus.

Here are some other bullet points that caught my attention during the research phase…

ACTIVE FAITH?

The large majority of Hilliard describes themselves as uninvolved in their faith.

SPIRITUAL INTEREST?

In the last ten years Hilliard residents are above the national average in showing a growing interest in their faith.

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP?

Hilliard residents say they want to be lead by someone who knows them and works with them.

INVESTMENT POTENTIAL?

Hilliard residents are above the national averages in their desire and proven track record to invest in and give to churches.

HILLIARD IS EAGER TO KNOW AND LEARN MORE ABOUT…

Life direction

Balance in job/career/life/family/leisure

Achieving a fulfilling marriage

Parenting skills

Spiritual issues

Dealing with stress

Family outings

Local missions and support of causes

THE MEANING OF OUR NAME AND OUR VISION FLESHED OUT

We are 3 weeks into the launch of Movement Church.  I have waned to share more about our DNA and where we are headed so I thought I would start a series of posts taken from the proposal we used to fundraise and gather our launch team.

Post 1: The Meaning of our name and our vision fleshed out.

We have selected the name Movement Church inspired from the definition “Strategic, organized effort, a contagious change”. Our goal is to see personal movement that creates a corporate movement.

Movement Church: A movement of people finding their way back to God.

‘From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.’ Acts 17:25-27

We believe that throughout history, God has been working through His people to bring the world back to Himself, first through the Israelites, and now through the church. We are called to reflect the heart of the God who loves the world by being the kind of people who are doing something about the way things are. We are on a mission to help people understand the love God has for them, and to share with them the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. The ‘gospel’ is the good news of Jesus Christ coming to bring renewal to the whole world. We believe that Christ’s work (not ours) on the cross has reconciled our relationship with God and that He has created us to join Him in bringing renewal to His world through living out the story of our changed lives.

Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 49:5-7, Matthew 22:37-40, Luke 15:11-32, Colossians 3:1-17, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Colossians 1:15-23, Ephesians 2:8-10

Jesus Christ changes people from the inside out. His death and resurrection gives us a new identity, freeing us from self-condemnation and self-righteousness. Christ has liberated us from the bondage of things that once drove us and frees us to live the life He designed for us – a life filled with grace, mercy, justice, love, forgiveness and joy. It is the continual work of the Holy Spirit that lives within every believer that brings the daily, personal transformation of our body, mind and soul, so that our old life is left behind and our new life in Christ is found. Because of God’s grace, we are now free of guilt and shame, free to love as Christ loved us, and to serve uncondi- tionally our world, regardless of who, what or where one comes from.

Psalm 51:10, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Titus 3:4-6, Colossians 3:9-11