December 16, 2015

Vision, Mission and Values

Vision & Mission

Our vision at SWCCC is to see worshipping communities overflowing with the gospel so that all nations in Sydney’s south-west would experience Christ’s transforming love and Lordship.

The mission of SWCCC is to make, mature, mobilise and multiple disciples of Jesus Christ.

There are two important components of our vision and mission:

  • It’s about discipleship.
    Jesus called followers who were willing to deny themselves, take up their cross and walk in his steps. Disciples aren’t just part of an interested crowd.They’re followers of Jesus who are willing to submit to their Lord and learn from their Master (the word ‘disciple’ is closely related to the word ‘student’ or ‘learner’ in the original). We at SWCCC want to be part of Jesus’ mission to call disciples.
  • It’s about growth.
    Our relationship with God isn’t static. It has a forward momentum carried along by the Spirit of God. Similarly, we want our church’s mission to reflect this journey and growth. That is why the four ‘Ms’ of our mission statement captures a dynamic progression: from Making disciples (evangelising them into faith), to Maturing disciples (growing them in their faith), to Mobilising disciples (training and equipping them to serve), to Multiplying disciples (releasing them into the world to plant more worshipping communities, congregations, and churches).

Click here to hear our lead pastor Peter Ko preach about our vision and mission.

Values

Worship – Gospel-shaped worship when we gather that transforms how we love God and our neighbour in everyday life.

Our weekly services are the focal point of our life together as God’s people. When we gather for worship, we are retelling and remembering the wonderful gospel – the gospel that’s saved us and brought us into relationship with God. As we sing, pray, affirm our faith and hear God’s Word read and preached, we join with God’s people through the ages and around the world in worship. And because this worship is nothing less than the God of the universe meeting and engaging with his people, this weekly gathering overflows into our everyday lives, as we are transformed to fervently live renewed lives of faith, hope, and love when we go out in the world.

Word – All of Scripture, shaping all that we do and teach, and impacting every area of our lives as disciples of Christ.

The Bible stands at the centre of our church’s life because the Bible is God’s authoritative Word to his world. We want everything we do corporately and individually to be biblical, because we are convinced that God’s Word is relevant to every area of life. Therefore we are committed to teach and learn the whole Bible, as read through the lens of the gospel, in order that we might live lives of joyful obedience to Christ.

Community – An authentic community where God’s grace overflows into genuine relationships of love and care.

We want our church to reflect God’s love and acceptance of us in Jesus. Therefore we desire to be a diverse and multicultural community which graciously invites others into the messyness of our lives so that we may sacrificially serve one another’s needs.

Mission – A church propelled outwards locally and globally by the gospel to love our neighbours and share the good news of Jesus in both word and deed.

In joyful obedience to Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20), we go in his name to serve those who need to hear the saving message of the gospel and experience his love in practical ways. Therefore we equip all of our members to be salt and light to those around them; we love those in need through works of compassion and mercy; we multiply gospel-communities by church planting; and we partner with and send missionaries around the world.