WHOLELIFE CHURCH SERVING IN THE FRONTLINE
'WHOLELIFE' means the totality of all the sphere of relationship in our life termed as our work life which are integrated through faith (via our vocation).
The WholeLife is a holistic way of doing church, where the church looks beyond Sunday to embrace, disciple via learning and allow the experience of God to be felt in the domain of our ordinary work life. Ordinary work life that are integrated with faith will rendered our work important, purposeful and meaningful.
'SERVING' denotes an action of caring and loving the neighbours. This is part of our sanctification process where we are called into the work to serve others when we are called into salvation. This is done through God indwelling us and empowering us through charisma (gifts) to serve the world.
The gathered church on Sunday is seen as an equipper to encourage the integration of work and faith, so to dispersed the church to serve others as God serves them.
Hence our work is dignified, holy because it is God's work in serving others.
IN THE FRONTLINE
The 'FRONTLINES' is defined as the domain (location) of our service, where the integration prepares the believers to serve the people in their community through their called life. When work and faith are holistically integrated it becomes a frontline element to transform the people we served and us (the church). This is how important ordinary work becomes when we are called and purposed through who we are and why we serve the people.
THE WHOLE OF LIFE CHURCH VISION
The reality is that most Christians have heard much in the way of encouragement how to share the gospel or to live a distinctive Christian lives in the whole of life, but generally they have not been equipped to do so in ways that bear fruit.
In reality this is a tragic waste of the church’s mission potential. For it leads far too few Christians to have the eyes of seeing what God might be doing in the places where they already naturally spend their time, where they already have relationship with those who do not know Jesus – what we have come to term as the ‘Frontlines’.
It dramatically limits the witness of the church at large. Curiously, it also limits the growth of God’s people into mature disciples.
Cotterell and Hudson, Leading a Whole-Life Disciplemaking Church
‘The main vocation of God’s people is not to build and to support church structures (though some of these may certainly be necessary). It is to find a new style of humanity – in explicitly Christian terms to be the Body of Christ, the intelligent and committed embodiment of Christian love and service –in the secular structures in which God has placed or will place them.’
This approach requires a change of perspective in which the focus of the church’s life together is actually that of equipping its members for the life apart. The challenge of a missional, world-affirming church that is committed to forming Christians as disciples who are outward-looking and seek to engage with secular culture (rather than engaging to the church culture) is one of creating a positive interdependence between these two dimensions- of Sunday faith and Monday works.
T. Cotterell and N. Hudson, Leading a Whole-Life Disciple making Church
ACTIVITIES OF THE WHOLELIFE CHURCH
Ministry Engagement January-April 2022
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3:30 PM; 16 Jan. 2022
VISION CASTING FOR POWERKIDS MINISTRY
Vision Casting for Powerfun and Christ Centered Preaching
9.00 am, 23 Jan.
VISION CASTING SUNDAY
Vision Casting Sunday by Bro Paul Low
23 Jan, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar
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Spirit Filled Worship Training, Webinar on Worship and WAME Vision Casting.
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“I discovered and am still discovering up to this very moment that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to believe... It is such a life that we throw ourselves utterly into the arms of God ”
“The task of the church is not to gather together a community of like minds, but to offer the world the good news that it is the subject of God’s unconditional love and redemptive grace. While helping to build up the life of local communities of word and sacrament is an important facet of the role of all baptised Christians, the engaged Christian is one ‘whose centre is outside the Church, in the world’."