Christ revealed in common life Who are we?
Josh Wilton and Andy Withrow are husbands, fathers, and adopted sons of God in Christ. Both of us are Regent grads and missionary clergy ordained (2008) by Rwanda and commissioned to plant churches in Victoria. Josh is an Ar<zo grad (2006) who worked with St. John’s Shaughnessy as well as St. Simon’s, North Vancouver. Andy was working with a Presbyterian church as an associate before beginning his Anglican life at St. Timothy’s in North Vancouver as an intern. The Wiltons and the Withrows have known each other for almost a decade and have lived together in several diﬀerent houses in three diﬀerent ci<es.
Our mission is to draw the people of Victoria into communion with Christ, community with one another, and to send people on a mission to bless our neighbours. In doing so we hope to see Jesus Christ revealed in our common life.
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We long to see Victoria transformed socially, culturally, and spiritually by God’s grace through God’s gospel. Church plan<ng is one of the most eﬀec<ve means of engaging new residents, new people groups, and new genera<ons with the good news of Jesus, and thereby seeing the city changed as individuals come to know and grow in Christ.
Why Victoria, BC? At roughly 375,000 residents Greater Victoria is large enough to reach the crowds, yet small enough to keep us sane. Along with the rest of BC, Victoria needs new churches to engage the 95-‐97% of people who do not a[end a Chris<an worship service on any given week. Plus, when we arrived in Victoria our church partners oﬀered us resources -‐ Open Gate (ANiC) employed Andy part-‐<me for the ﬁrst three years, and Church of Our Lord (then REC) gave us use of their building and an oﬃce for free. Finally, Victoria is the seat of government in BC, and therefore ﬁts into our larger goal of seeing Victoria transformed culturally, socially, and spiritually by God’s grace and gospel.
Why ‘The Table’? The table is a symbol of worship: communion with God, community with one another, and (table) service to the poor. When God promised Abram (Abraham) land and descendants in Gen 12, Abram set up places of worship down the spine of Canaan. In a similar way, we want to establish many ‘tables’ in neighborhoods throughout Greater Victoria where people can worship God, grow in community, and serve and bless our neighbors.
Vision Our main image is that of a pomegranate -‐ we envision ourselves as one church with many clusters. Within three to ﬁve years we want to become twelve to ﬁFeen clusters who gather together every other Sunday evening in common worship, and who meet regularly in local groups in order to worship God, love each other, and bless our neighbours. 6/8/09 11:22:06 AM
Values We long to be Christ-‐focused/Word-‐centered, for apart from the living Christ proclaimed in Scripture there is no hope. We long for spiritual in-‐breaking when we meet, for it is only through the ac<vity and presence of God that there is transforma<on, genuine worship, and divine life. We long for sacriﬁcial fellowship, since Christ revealed the cost of love and the Holy Spirit empowers us to live this out with one another. We long for every-‐member ministry, since all Chris<ans form the body of Christ with each member using their giFs for His mission to the world. We long to crea=vely engage with God, one another, crea<on, and culture. We long for an inward-‐growing faith, that we might internalize the truths of Scripture and grow in our knowledge of the living God through study, prayer, community, sacraments, and personal devo<on. We long for an out-‐reaching love, for apart from authen<c, ac<ve service there is no true religion.
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