McIvor’s Mandate, Mission & Map

Mandate – What Story Are You Living In?

Before we rush into too much busy activity, it is important that we have shared clarity on what story we’re living in. The story one believes they are living in has profound influence on what kind of character they will be. We believe we have been invited to live in a much larger story:

To live as…

We believe this is the larger purpose of God that is happening long before and beyond our church. This is actually the reason we exist as McIvor Church, so may everything we do complement and partner with this expansive story of God playing out in our world!

Isaiah 43:19 – “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?”

Romans 8:19-21 – “For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.”

Colossians 1:19,20 – “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

Revelation 21:1-5 – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared…. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!'”

Mission – What is the Purpose that Drives Your Life?

In Matthew 28:18, Jesus says, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” Again, this is the larger story we find ourselves in: that Jesus has been made head over all things. But from this foundation, Jesus “co-missions” us with a specific call.

We will be faithful to the larger story of God as we focus on this mission Jesus has given us. And we don’t need to expend much energy wondering about or discerning our mission as a church, because Jesus has already made this clear to his followers…

Matthew 28:19,20 – “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

McIvor Church is rooted in Northeast Winnipeg, and we are committed to continuing Jesus’ co-mission in this context.

Map – How Do We Get There?

Though this co-mission for the church is stated quite succinctly, there is much that is involved in the call to become and make disciples of Jesus Christ. In fact, this call is nothing short of our whole lives.

In order to have a shared pursuit of this becoming and making disciples of Jesus, we need to have a common vision and some common practices. We want to look together at this goal and process of increasing Christ-like maturity in our lives.

At McIvor Church, the symbol of a wind turbine has become a central image that helps us to understand this work of discipleship.

 

Jesus intends to shape you into a disciple that is like a wind turbine…

Catching the wind…

Intentionally structured…

Turning around…

Generating power…