We want to devote the life of our church to goals that will outlast our own lifetimes. For what does it profit a person to gain the world but leave no legacy behind? God calls us to build something far more enduring than our our own legacy: the church. If the Lord wills, Frontier Church works to embody three goals:
WE WANT TO BE THE CITY’S MOST JOYFUL CHURCH
In the Bible, God both describes and demands his people to be marked by gospel-centered joy. Deuteronomy is a stunning example of God describing his people by their joy: “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD.” Philippians is a remarkable example of God demanding his people to experience joy in Him: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” It’s not the type of joy that is undirected and aimless. That’s naïve joy. Neither is it the type of joy that can be robbed by difficult circumstances. That’s circumstantial joy. And it’s definitely not the type of joy that is acquired through material satisfaction. That’s superficial joy. The type of joy we want Frontier Church to be marked by is a joy in who Jesus is and what he’s done for us. We’ll never be the biggest church in the city. We’ll never be the smartest church in the city. But we do pray for Frontier Church to be the most joyful church in the city!
WE WANT TO BE A CHURCH-PLANTING CHURCH
Three ordinary but profound words: through. the. church. Ephesians 3:10 teaches that “through the church the manifold wisdom of God (is) made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” The God of the universe could have made his wisdom known through whatever: writing in the clouds, explosions in the sky, or the lives of the rich and the famous. Instead, God chooses to make his manifold wisdom, the gospel of Jesus, known through one of the most common and ordinary instruments: the local church. Because we are committed to the gospel, we are committed to planting churches. And we put our mission where our mouth is. We are wholeheartedly devoted to tithing 10% of our church’s entire mission to planting new churches: 10% of our tithing, 10% of our people, and 10% of our time.
WE WANT TO BE OUR GRANDCHILDREN’S CHURCH
Our conviction is not to plant our church, but to plant our grandchildren’s church. We desire for our vision to outlive our own lifetimes, to be a heritage church for future generations to inherit. 2 Timothy gives us a glimpse of a faith that’s time-tested: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” So we build to last, and we aim our efforts and vigor towards rock-solid theology, industrial-strength structures, and vintage practices that will pass through time, rather than imitating flimsy, fickle fads. We want our families, future kids, and lifelong friends to have a healthy church to gather and worship with fifty years from today. And if we want to plant our grandchildren’s church, we have to plant with our grandparent’s church practices. So Frontier Church is designed to be durable, like a good pair of working boots, sturdy.