Our mission is clear from Andy’s initial call to plant a church in King’s Lynn
God has called us to be a Gateway for the Gospel to go to the nations
For us that means we are a multi-cultural church, passionately pursuing God, drawing people in and sending people out.
The book of Revelation paints a picture of heaven made up of “a great multitude that no-one could number from every nation, from all the tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” We want to build a local church that is as much heaven on earth as possible, gathering from every nation in the area. Over the last 8 years we have had people join us from 29 nations.
Being multi-cultural is a lot of fun as we get to enjoy the best of the cultures around and affects how we do church life – particularly food!
Passionately pursuing God
John Piper said that mission exists because worship doesn’t. We are passionate about passionately pursuing God in all that we do. Worship and prayer are our two primary activities, out of which flow everything else we do.
Drawing people in and sending people out
We are a gateway, so we aim to bring people in through the gate of the Gospel into the kingdom of God. Everything we do is gospel centred and outward looking. We also want to train people up and send them out to the nations carrying the Gospel with them.
Part of Andy’s call to plant in King’s Lynn was to open up the region for more church plants, so town like March, Hunstanton and Boston are on the radar for future church plants.
Over the past 20 years Relational Mission has successfully planted and gathered a network of 40 or so churches in the East of England and has established a resource and leadership base from which we believe it is now possible to begin to plant many more churches in mainland Europe and beyond.
750 million people live in Europe, and it is estimated that less than 4% of Europeans attend church regularly with less than 2% being evangelical Christians. As such Europe can be seen as the least evangelised continent in the world. More than 250,000 villages, towns and cities in Europe do not have a single evangelical church.
We currently serve churches and plants in Germany, Finland and Holland with ministry and will be looking to send short-term teams to serve and church planters out to towns and cities all over Northern Europe to plant vibrant New Testament Churches.
Our values are our culture, the way we do things.
Passionately pursuing God is part of our vision statement, but it is also part of our values. Everything we do has God at the centre and flows out of relationship with Him. What we do comes out of God’s heart.
We don’t want to be a church with a prayer meeting, we want to be a praying church. Prayer flows from being God focussed and is where we get to know God’s heart and empowerment for what we do.
We are a gateway for the gospel to go to the nations and are passionate for one new man in Christ. The gospel has torn down the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile – and so we value having an international flavour – so for instance, that means you will often hear whispered translation during a Sunday sermon.
With some many people from so many nations, far from natural families, we value the church as family highly, looking out for one another , weeping with those that weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice.
Team flows out of being a family. We value team, together everyone achieves more. We are not interested in a front led one man band! So we value contributions during gatherings, starting songs from the congregation. We want every ministry to be team based rather than individual.
Heaven is going to start with a feast! Jesus did a lot of his ministry over food and we do too! Hebrews 13:1-2 tells us to balance “philadelphia” love of the brothers with “Philoxenia” love of the stranger (translated as hospitality) – we love to share food with one another and non Christian friends to love them into God’s family.
We love to see people developed, more than a professional show. We strive for excellence, but the bar for ministry is set so people can get involved and grow.
We are not an inwardly looking bunch holding on for a rapture of the remnant! Jesus will return for a glorious bride, spotless and pure, so everything we do is outward looking. Life groups are outward looking, Sundays have a gospel element most weeks, the international café is reaching out to migrant workers with the Gospel…
Culture of Honour
Honour is purposefully seeing people the way God sees them and relating to them out of that. Romans 12:10 tells us to “be devoted to one another, in love honour one another above yourselves”. That’s quite a counter-cultural challenge! We are passionate about honouring one another – so we don’t tolerate backbiting or gossip and prefer to be encouraging and honouring about others, especially when they are not present.
Inevitably we can offend others or take offence. Jesus teaches us in Matt 5 and Matt 18 that whoever is at fault, whether we have been offended, or have offended someone else, we are responsible to go and bring about reconciliation the moment we know of the offence. No pity party, phone a friend, go – with a mediator if necessary, but go. We value go and sorting out offences quickly. We don’t value gossip at all, so if you come to a leader (or a member) with an issue with a third party, you will most likely be stopped mid sentence and asked to go and see them and if would you like us to come with you if don’t!