Yesterday was a huge day in the life of our congregation.
- We called Amanda to serve us not as a coordinator, but as she has been actually serving us: as a pastor.
- We adopted a new vision, mission, and core values.
- We voted to change our name.
Could there be a bigger day for a church? Maybe it was just me, but it felt strangely anti-climactic.
Not because it wasn’t big, but because this wasn’t ever going to be about the vote, or the moment. Sunday was the outworking of months even years of prayer and discernment. Moreover, what we all realize is that Sunday’s vote was just a practice in saying yes to the future. The work is all yet to come.
It was a beautiful Sunday. But it was only the sunrise: beautiful in and of itself but also because it holds the promise of the day to come. So we are taking a moment to fill our coffee cup, breath in the crisp air, smile as the light breaks new across the vast and textured world we see. It’s a good moment, lets rejoice in it. It’s a moment to rest and prepare our soul for the adventure in the day ahead. The adventure is big and I can't wait to tell everyone about it.
Revelation 21 holds the final vision of the Bible for humanity. In it, we hear about a “new heaven and a new earth.” At the center of this new creation is a city, a city where God himself is present and his people are present with him. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.”
As a congregation that’s exactly what we want to be: that last city, that center of activity in the new creation where God is “making everything new.”
On Easter morning, April 1 2018 we will launch
“Last City Covenant Church”
Our Vision, our end goal, our preferred future for Last City is
To embody God’s renewed future in Saint Paul
We believe that in order to achieve that vision, to push toward that vision we will have to be on a Mission to:
Love, Listen, Respond, (Repeat)
As we pursue that mission we have certain non-negotable convictions that will guide our actions.
Community + Reconciliation
We value whole communities that invite and reconcile all people. The Bible calls this a “new humanity” and we think the difficult work of loving our neighbor as our self is worth fighting for.
Anchoring + Innovation
One of the most incredible qualities of humans is our ability to create. Creative ability is the reflection of the image of God in us. We will continue to be creative in our worship and witness to the good news of the resurrection of Jesus. But we also value the voices of the faithful who’ve gone before us. We want to live in the tension of being anchored in our faith and being innovative.
Mercy + Justice
For those of us who are people of the book there is no wiggle room when it comes to our call to engage the poor, the hurt, the “last and least” in the world. God cares about the world and so do we. Last City exists as a response to a lamenting world, we are here to interrupt suffering people, suffering systems, and suffering nations with the good news of God’s renewed future.
Inquiry + Bible
The Bible is our primary resource for living. It is simply the most incredible library of books ever composed. But we welcome skeptics and thinkers from every corner of the earth. We believe that God can handle our questions and we’re not insecure about people asking them. We are happy to live in the tension of tough questions and a God who can handle them.
Generational + Discipleship
We are a church of all ages seeking to go deeper in our faith together. We believe in having a real place at the table for young and old. We believe that young generations will change the world for the better and we believe that our job is to give the church away so that they can faithfully mold and shape it however God calls them.
All Things + Jesus
The end goal is always to point all people and all things to Jesus. We believe that in Jesus we have access to a down payment of God’s good future for our world, for our communities, for our lives.
We are humbled that God would call us to this good work in His good world. We don't know exactly where that work will take us, who it will be with, or what challenges we will meet along the way. We do know that we are going to pursue this path with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and that God is going to take care of the details. We are looking forward to every minute of it, and we can't wait to see you on the journey.