Matthew 28:19-20 reads: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Jesus did not leave his followers behind without any marching orders, wondering what they were supposed to accomplish until he returned. Rather, the final verses of Matthew clearly show that the mission of the church, Northview included, is to make disciples.
The question is, then, in what context should this disciple-making happen? Throughout the New Testament, the answer is the local church. The Apostle Paul’s ministry was focused on planting and encouraging the growth of churches throughout the Mediterranean world as a means to seeing healthy disciples made everywhere. Likewise, we believe that the best (and necessary) place where people are discipled is in healthy local churches. Our goal is to ensure that Northview is one of those healthy churches, reaching out to our community to proclaim the Gospel and adorn it with good works, while also planting and renewing other churches which will proclaim the Gospel and adorn it with good works. And on and on it goes into other parts of the Fraser Valley, throughout BC, Canada, and to the ends of the earth.
We also continue to look for other opportunities. Replanting is our preferred method as it typically involves an existing property zoned for a church thus making ministry a bit easier to do. These sites will likely start out as campuses of Northview, but we are open to releasing those congregations to be their own bodies if that is what is best for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom in that particular area. Regardless of whether the campus remains a campus of Northview for the long term or if it becomes a stand-alone church, we will focus on training and equipping leaders of those local bodies so that they are capable of engaging the communities in which they are planted.
We also intend to keep working with our network partners (C2C, Westside Church, Crossridge Church) and add to these partnerships to enhance our efforts. Currently we are being asked to consider possibilities in Maple Ridge, Langley, Chilliwack, and the Okanagan. In each area we are having discussions with existing churches who are encouraging us to seek ways to plant in these communities. We are learning quickly that Jesus was onto something when he said, “The harvest is ripe, but the workers are few.”