Our vision statement can be captured by three words: Build, Reach, Make.
We seek to Build the Body of Christ.
The Bible tells us that it takes the whole Body of believers to do the work of the church (Ephesians 4:11-16), not just the “professional” Pastors. So we encourage Southsiders to use their gifts and put them to work in many ways across the church Body. The Pastors are there to equip Southsiders and help them discover their gifts, teaching them from God’s Word whilst barking on about Every Member Ministry.
We seek to Reach people with the Gospel.
Southside gathers for a weekly Sunday Celebration, and then the church scatters to gather others in. In God’s strength we seek to promote the Gospel of all grace with our lips and our lives. It is God who gives the growth to His church, but He graciously chooses to use us in this endeavour. We want to reach people through local and global mission.
We seek to Make Disciples of Jesus.
Being a Christian is much more than just church attendance. Following Jesus must impact every compartment of our lives – work, family, friendships, school and university life, rest, play, hobbies, social concerns, and everything else! To be a disciple of Jesus is to invite Him to be Lord not only of the margins of your life, but at the very centre of your being. At Southside we want to be disciples of Jesus who are disciple-makers.
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