GATHERING TO WORSHIP SCATTERING TO WITNESS
The Story of Norfolk
We are in a beautiful city, full of people who need the hope of the Gospel. The transient population is askingâ€”will I ever be home? What is family? Does anyone care about my struggles? What is happiness? Will I ever experience joy? God answers these questions. He sent His Son Jesus to dwell among humanity. More than this, He sent Jesus to pay the cost of sin, which is death. Jesus died so that you and I might truly have life. This life is to be lived in community with one another.
Our Biblical-Theological Vision What is the Vision for a Church on Mission in Norfolk and the surrounding cities?
God has called us to be a diverse community gathered to witness to a glorious God by Worshipping Him and inviting others to Join in. The Vision is a Biblical-Theological vision from Revelation 7. I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!â€? Revelation 7:9-10
Revelation 7 is a picture of worship. What a witness to the transforming power of God! We will see this vision when we are committed to making disciples who reflect the cityâ€™s diversity (Matthew 28:18). The
Charles Shannon, Lead Pastor Charles Shannon serves as the Lead Pastor of The MissionÂ Church and The Director of The Theology Mission. He was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and stirred up much trouble, before a friend confronted him with the gospel. He immediately began to hold pavement Bible Studies in the neighborhood housing projects. When the Navy brought his family to Norfolk it was clear it was time to add knowledge to his zeal. Charles completed a B.A. Biblical & Theological Studies at Regent University and earned a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Charles is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Charles lives in the Norview area of Norfolk with his wife Jaqueline and their 3 small children. He is passionate about unleashing the whole counsel of God for the people of God & the lost, that they might worship and glorify God!
Phillip Dansby, Assistant Pastor Phillip Dansby serves The Mission Church as an Assistant Pastor focusing on Assimilation and Mission Communities. Phil first came to Virginia in 2006 with his wife Karen after receiving orders to Langley AFB. Upon separation from active duty in 2010, they were obedient to a call to remain in the area and raise a family. This led to five years of service at Aletheia Norfolk Church, where Phil and Karen served in many areas of ministry. Phil trained as an elder for one year and was sent out with the Shannon family to assist with planting The Mission Church in the Hampton Roads area. Phil is continuing to grow in his love for the scriptures through The Mission Church’s training center, the Theology Mission, which prepares missionaries, pastors, and serious students of the Word for local and global ministry.
Gathering to Worship ... God calls us to make disciples who witness and worship to the Glory of God. We will fulfill His purpose through a two-fold strategy. gather as a church for corporate worship (1 Corinthians FIRST Regularly 11:20). Read the Word: Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching (1 Timothy 4:13). Sing the Word: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Col 3:16). Pray the Word: I desire then that in every place the men should pray (1Tim 2:8; Acts 8:15; Philippians 4). Preach the Word: Be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2). See the Word: through baptism (“All who received the Word were baptized” (Acts 2:42)) and the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).
... Scattering to Witness SECOND Regularly scatter to witness to the people in our community. Bear Witness to these things. “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:45-49) Be Present based on Jesus’ declaration that “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Testify both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and…to testify to the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:21-24). Declare the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:3). As we regularly gather to worship and scatter to witness in the midst of our diversity, we have a platform to proclaim the message of reconciliation as we model racial and tribal unity in a divided city.
Meet the People We believe that God intends to accomplish this mission in Hampton Roads through the diverse residents of Norfolk and surrounding cities.
Norfolk has the worldâ€™s largest Naval Base and a transient military population
We have a particular concern for Norfolk State Universityâ€”a historical black university
Norfolk residents include gentrifiers, urban renewalists and others who live, learn, and work in the city
The Gospel is all-inclusive. Jesus died for all. His death is sufficient for all and He makes his atoning death effective for those whom He has chosen. He is calling a diversity of people to enter into a relationship with God and to serve His people. God shows His glory with the church gathered, and He shows His glory with the church scattered on Mission. We call them Missio Dei Communities.
Missio Dei Communities Missio Dei is the Latin term for the â€œMission of God.â€? Missio Dei Communities emphasize three core concepts:
The Word is central to shaping and forming a strong community of believers
God desires a people who can demonstrate the fruit of the gospel through a transformed life
We are called to be lifestyle worshippers & witnesses as the gospel permeates each aspect of life
We are committed to becoming Christ-like, humble, missionary servants to our city through Missio Dei Communities.
Action Plan & Budget Our growing church family is actively pursuing our Biblical-Theological Vision by Godâ€™s grace and with the support of our donors, our prayer team, and our ministry partners. This is an overview of our strategy; we look forward to providing you with additional details in the coming months.
Gathering & Scattering
Lead Pastor Charles Shannon completes a prestigious Church Planter Leadership Residency with Fellowship Associates
The Mission Church continues to meet on Sunday mornings in Norfolk, gathering for worship and scattering to witness
The Mission Church holds Vision Lunches & Dinners to build the core team and increase awareness in the city of Norfolk
September 2016 - March 2017
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
The Mission Church is a recognized non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Church Ministry Services (CMS), a ministry of SBC of Virginia, provides The Mission Church with financial oversight and accountability for our budget and finances. You can reach them at 804-249-7557.
2016 Budget: $18,000 The
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
2017 Budget $125,000 Personnel $75,000 Facilities $15,000 Missio Dei Communities $5,000 Family and Childrenâ€™s Ministry $10,000
(October to December)
Vision Cast Expenses $3,000
Miscellaneous Expenses $5,000
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8
Missio Dei Communities
Promote the Launch
Worship & Witness Sunday
Group leaders will continue Norfolk & Virginia Beach groups and multiply into other cities in order to expand the ministry
The Mission Church and its Missio Dei Communities continue serving and actively share the vision of the April 2nd Launch Event
This formal debut represents the harvest of the startup season and preparation for sustained fruitfulness
January -March 2017
January - March 2017
2018 Budget $150,000 Personnel $85,000 Facilities $20,000 Missio Dei Communities $5,000 Family and Childrenâ€™s Ministry $15,000 Website/Signage/Promotion $10,000 Equipment/Insurance $5,000 Miscellaneous Expenses $10,000
Launch Event April 2, 2017
The Mission Church greatly appreciates our donors, prayer team, and these ministry partners: Fellowship Associates SBC of Virginia Sojourn Network The
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