Home Field AdvantageĒ
In the midst of a radically changing world, we find hope in claiming our rightful role as witnesses to the transforming love of Jesus. The purpose of the church is to change and save lives.
Any New York Yankee fan knows how difficult it is to score on a run from a single to left in Fenway Park. A short 310 yard left field line with a 37 foot green wall topped by a 23 foot screen, gives the Boston Red Sox a decided ďhome field advantageĒ in their baseball contests.
The world in which we live has changed dramatically in recent
decades. The culture has impacted many areas of church life and created monstrous challenges to the traditional ways in which we witness and minister at the start of this 21st century. Our church seeks to claim our nimble and resourceful character in response to the mission challenges God places before us. Mission on the Move (MOM) is a proactive means by which the New Jersey Synod seeks to rightfully claim our ďhome field advantageĒ rooting and strengthening our ministry by faithfully tending to Godís work with Godís gifts, to fulfill Godís mission. By heeding the call to gather available resources and allocating them for mission outreach, we will affirm and strengthen the missional impulse at the heart of our Church.
The most effective way to grow strong congregations of believers who can change and save the world is to boldly claim our home field advantage and root our church in a culture of mission outreach and witness. Mission on the Move, is nothing more than a call to change the behavior of this church and people. Mission on the Move places our treasure in three significant areas which have the greatest potential to change our hearts and culture.
∑ Supporting mission outreach ministries in local congregations
∑ Nurturing congregations in times of transformation and critical need.
∑ Developing new ministries and congregations on the territory of the Synod.
Sharing gifts in support of MOM is an opportunity to testify to the changed life that you are living, and to claim the power of the home field advantage for Godís work, Godís gifts, Godís mission.
1. What stories do you recall from the Bible that tell of the changing and saving of lives?
2. How has your life been changed by Jesus?
3. How might your congregation more effectively be engaged in missionary work to change and save the lives of persons in your neighborhood?
Mission on the Move
Godís work, Godís gifts, Godís mission
New Jersey Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
1930 State Highway 33 Hamilton Square, NJ 08690