“Nowhere feels safe to me / nowhere feels home / even in crowds, I’m alone”
- Jon Foreman
Intentionally – Many of us have been part of organizations and maybe even churches that have wonderful ideas and dreams. Ultimately, if those dreams are not organized and pursued with strategic intention, we are left feeling frustrated and discouraged. The Mission Cincinnati is a community that has agreed to organize our fellowship around some very specific intentions. Very little that happens around at the Mission is accidental or haphazard. You will find that there is a purposeful “why” behind every “what” we are doing (Josh 6, Neh, 1 Chr 12:32)
Rooted – The roots of our Anglican tradition reach back approximately 1900 years, to our Celtic forefathers. These roots stabilize us, order us, and inform our right thinking and practice. We are comforted in the knowledge that our fellowship is instructed more by the great story of the Church than the particular personalities and worldviews of our local clergy. (Matt 16:17-19, 1 Cor 14:33, Heb 12:1-3, Jer 6:16, 1 Ptr 1:10-12, Eph 3:14-19)
Creative – We do not necessarily believe that every church is called to seek creativity as a core value, however we do believe that creativity is a particular passion that God has put on our hearts as the Mission Cincinnati. God is the original “Creative,” and it is clear from what He has made that He values innovation and creativity. (Gen 1:26-28, Gen 2:15, Rev 21:24, Rev 21:26)
Diverse – We are called to be one, without regard to socio-economics, class, or ethnicity. We believe that greater depth and richness is found in holding in tension people’s unique perspectives than in trying to force uniformity on every level. (Gal 3:26-28, Js 2:1-10)
Empowered – The Mission Cincinnati is a fellowship of missionaries. Each person has something unique to contribute within our community as well as a Spirit-led calling to live out beyond our walls. Our Mission Leadership looks to equip, protect, and serve our people so that we each are empowered to live into ministry. (Rom 12:3-8, Eph 4:11-16, 1 Pet 2:9-10, Rev 5:9-10)
Community – True community involves honesty, love, sacrifice, struggle, and forgiveness. Living into community together at times requires each person to sacrifice one’s own sense of personal rights for the sake of unity. Safety is found in the knowledge that even when we make mistakes, we will still be loved. Our unity is often made real in and through the crucible of reconciliation and grace. (1 Cor 12:12-31, John 17:20-26, Matt 5:23-24, 1 Corn 1:10, Matt 5:9)
Faith – This is a Christian community based upon a living faith in Jesus Christ. Although we are all in different places along our spiritual journeys, our belief in Christ’s redemptive work – his life, death, and resurrection – is the lynchpin by which we define our unity together. (Eph 2:19-22)
Love – Everything begins with relationship. God desires us to love Him, not just gather knowledge about Him. (Luke 10:17, John 14:21)
God – Our belief in God can best be described by the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. We believe that these adequately describe the Triune God that we discover in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
Reveal – At the Mission, we do not feel lead to market, sell, or convince anyone of anything. Instead, we simply desire to be like a mirror, as others see Christ in our words and deeds. (2 Cor 5:20, 1 Cor 3:9, Matt 16:9)
His Kingdom – The Kingdom of God is breaking into our world. It is a kingdom that defeats the darkness and pain that we witness all around us, and brings about hope, justice, goodness, and order. Jesus, the King, will some day return and bring with him a new heaven and new earth. Until then, his kingdom is both a journey and a destination. It is already but not yet. (Rev 21:1-4, Matt 6:9-13, Matt 1:5, Dan 2:44)
Stewarding – We are a community under the rule of a mighty king, Jesus, and have been given the responsibility of stewarding His kingdom until He returns. The Kingdom is his, and yet we each have a vital role to play. We each bring our time, talents, and treasures to bear in the work of stewarding His kingdom. (Acts 28:31, Luke 19:11-27, Prov. 16:4, Mk. 12:43-44, Matt 19:16-24)
Goodness – God’s kingdom is good. It is just. It favors those who are other-than, marginalized and oppressed. We desire to reveal God and His kingdom through acts of compassion, justice and love. (Amos 5:24, Is 1:17, Ps 136, Ps 105, Ps 34, 1 Cor 13:4-6)
Truth – God’s kingdom is true. Truth dispels darkness. It sets people free from bondage. We desire to reveal God and His kingdom through revealing His truth. (John 8:32, John 14:6, 1 John 3:18)
Beauty – God’s kingdom is beautiful. He is the ultimate artist. All that is wonderful and beautiful in this world originates from His craftsmanship. We seek to use the arts and music as a means of reflecting God and His kingdom. (Ps 150, Ps 104, Rom 1:20, Gen 1)
Our Neighborhood – We believe that God and His kingdom relate to humanity in an incarnational way. This means that God has a particular revelation of His heart for every neighborhood in which our chapels worship. We are interested in seeing what God wants to say and do specifically in each neighborhood around us at this particular moment in time. (Mark 12:31, Acts 17)
Our City – God not only has a particular revelation in mind for each neighborhood of our city, but He also has a citywide hope that He longs to reveal. We hope to be partners with God through discerning His vision and responding obediently in participation with His Spirit. (Jer 29:7)
The World – In general and specific ways, we feel called to reveal God and His kingdom throughout the world. Specifically, we believe that God is calling us to plant similar Mission Abbeys in other places both near and far. (Matt 28:19-20)
“Maybe I’m in the black, maybe I’m on my knees, maybe I’m in the gap between the two trapezes, but my heart is beating and my pulses start: cathedrals in my heart!”
~ Chris Martin, Coldplay
Equip Everyone – Being the church is not a spectator sport. Everyone God draws into and entrusts to our community has God-given gifts, and we will only be able to accomplish the mission God has called us to, if those gifts are identified, strengthened, and released to serve and bless others. (Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Peter 2:4-5
Transform Cincinnati – We believe God has called the church to fulfill not only the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) but also the Creation Mandate (Genesis 1:28). As image-bearers of God, we are called to cultivate His creation, to step out into the cultural centers of our world and create good, true, and beautiful things animated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every sphere of human society and through every vocation. We believe that the crucified and risen Jesus has promised to come back and that when He comes back, the Kingdom of God that He inaugurated through His death and resurrection will be revealed in full (Revelation 21:1-7). Until that day, we are called to reveal that Kingdom through our lives. We seek to be students of our culture, listening to the world around us so that by God’s grace and in the power of His Spirit, we will be able to learn, love, and heal our city.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ – Our hope is not in community development alone, but in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-8). We want to constantly bring people into spaces where they can experience the love, presence, and power of Jesus. We want to teach the Gospel through our Sunday services, our Mission Kids ministry, pastoral meetings, Mission Community gatherings, and other offerings. All so we can embody the Gospel in our life together.
One Neighborhood at a Time – Place matters for us. We are a parish-model church with a city-wide vision. We are parish model in that we seek to intentionally invest in our neighborhood of Evanston and the surrounding communities of Uptown Cincinnati. We want to be a church full of people who see and spend time with one another during the week. But we also have a city-wide vision in that we believe God is calling us to raise up leaders and multiply healthy missional Christian communities so that future churches will be planted all across Cincinnati and perhaps beyond. (Jeremiah 29:7)
“I see a new city here, poured out from heaven, poured out from heaven! He has made His home and His song is heard and it stills the night.”
~ Chris Sorensen, Missionsong
The Mission Cincinnati is a congregation of The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) which is itself a part of the Global Anglican Communion which is comprised of more than 80 million Christians living in more than 150 countries.
Anglicanism is a Reformation Protestant denomination, the beliefs of which can broadly be summarized by the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, which states that Anglicans:
1) Hold the Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments to be the authoritative and inspired Word of God, useful for teaching and correcting in righteousness. (1 Timothy 3:16)
2) Affirm the beliefs set forth in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.
3) Affirm the validity of the two sacraments of Communion and Baptism.
4) Receive God’s graces of spiritual covering and authority through the ministry of our local bishop who himself can trace his ordination all the way back to the original disciples of Jesus.
Do you have more questions about the specifics of our church’s beliefs? We invite you to visit with us on a Sunday, to see how we live out our beliefs in worship. After that, if you still have questions, one of our priests would be happy to meet with you and walk through any of your questions with you!
“The role of doctrine in the church is to guard the sacred mystery of God.”
~ Dr. Hans Boersma, Regent College
The Mission Chattanooga, Chattanooga TN | http://www.missionchattanooga.org
Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA | http://www.peachtreepres.org
Apostles Anglican Church, Lexington, KY | http://apostlesanglican.org/
Reynolda Church, EPC, Winston-Salem, NC | http://www.reynoldachurch.org/
Legacy Anglican Church, Montgomery, AL| http://thelegacychurch.org
Christ the King Anglican Church, Decherd TN | http://www.christthekingthewayforward.com
Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes | http://adgl.us/
The Anglican Church in North America | http://www.anglicanchurch.net/
The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others | http://www.c4so.org/
Christ Church Austin | https://christchurchofaustin.org/
The Falls Church, Anglican | https://www.tfcanglican.org/
“Just as the African proverb teaches that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,” so it is true that it takes a TEAM investing TOGETHER to plant a church.”
~ Fr. William Eavenson, Pastor
At The Mission Cincinnati, we believe that faith in Jesus is never a solo adventure. In Christ, God has called us TOGETHER into His church, and therefore ministry in best done in TEAM. In 1 Peter 2:4-5, the Apostle Peter writes, "As you come to Jesus, the living Stone...you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." Jesus invites all of us to belong as a part of His church, and part of that belonging means we all have a role to play in fulfilling His mission and accomplishing His purposes in the Earth. Our staff carries the specific role of serving our church by pastorally caring for the people, ministries, and procedural life of our congregation. Our staff can broadly be described as Christ-centered, mission-minded, people-focused, and always seeking to offer our best in our work.
Fr. William serves as the Founding Rector & Lead Pastor of The Mission Cincinnati. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, he holds a BA in English & Communication from Wake Forest University as well as an MDiv from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. He came to Christ in high school and experienced a call to ministry while helping to run a youth sports camp in Cluj, Romania. He has served in ministry in the Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Baptist, and Non-denominational churches prior to experiencing God's call to serve as an Anglican priest while leading a college ministry in Chattanooga, TN. Fr. William is passionate about seeing people come fully alive in Jesus, and equipping everyone to love God and His people with the fullness of their God-given gifts. He loves hiking, white-water kayaking, FC Cincinnati, and laughing a lot. He is married to his wife Savannah, and along with their 18-month old daughter Amy, they live in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Rev. Kristen serves The Mission Cincinnati as our Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation & Congregational Care. Kristen grew up in the small town of Sparta, NJ while vacationing with her grandparents in Williamsburg, VA every summer of her childhood. Kristen hold a B.S. in Biology from the College of William & Mary, a Joint Masters of Theological Studies & International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Wesley Theological Seminary and American University, and an MDiv from Regent College in Vancouver B.C. Kristen also holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Selah. Kristen is a life-long Anglican Christian who began to sense her call into ministry while on a short-term mission trip to China directly after college. Kristen has a heart for people of all cultures and for the care of God’s beautiful Creation. As a pastor, she works to foster spaces of hospitality, care, compassion, and beauty; and her greatest desire is to see people find increasing intimacy with the Lord and with each other. Kristen loves painting, photography, hiking, kayaking, gardening, and writing about spiritual formation. She lives in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Charles serves The Mission Cincinnati as our Director for Community Outreach.
Derek serves The Mission Cincinnati as our Director of Operations.
In Christ and through the church, God gives us to each other as a means of grace. No single one of us has all the answers, and in accordance with what we believe is God's wisdom our leadership is served by the informed counsel of many wise, experienced, and faithful lay leaders from our congregation as well as outside of our congregation. The Mission Advisory Team meets quarterly to oversee our church finances and approve our annual budget. They also advise our Lead Pastor on important decisions and help ensure the spiritual health of our leadership and congregation.
Bishop Ron & Patty Jackson
The Mission Cincinnati is a church plant of The Anglican Church in North America and a member congregation of the regional Diocese of the Great Lakes. The churches in our diocese are led and shepherded by Bishop Ron Jackson. Bishop Ron has a vision for our diocese to be full of churches filled with disciples who are making disciples, churches that are planting churches, and to be a diocese that gives birth to new diocese. Patty Jackson has a huge heart for developing healthy children's and youth ministries in our churches, and she assists Bishop Ron on pastoral visits and clergy family care. Bishop Ron is essentially our pastors' pastor, and The Mission Cincinnati derives great benefit and joy from being a part of a regional network of like-hearted churches. Within our diocese we are also a part of the Kentucky Network under the leadership of our Dean, Fr. Peter Matthews. Several other strategic advisors provide William with regular counsel and leadership including Chris Sorensen of The Mission Chattanooga where William served for 4 years as an Associate Pastor and Church Planter in Residence.
The Mission Cincinnati is also supported by an international network of intercessors who pray for our church, our leadership, our people, and God's Kingdom work in our city. This work of prayer is foundational to our efforts to plant a church in Cincinnati that we believe will be catalytic for spiritual renewal and a Kingdom movement. If you would like to join the Mission's intercessory team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discipleship at the Mission
Discipleship at the Mission
At the Mission Cincinnati, we care about raising up mature and holistic disciples of Christ. What do such disciples look like?
A disciple of Jesus is a person whose primary identity is found in the Incarnate, Crucified, Risen, and Ascended Jesus. Secure in one’s identity as a beloved Son or Daughter of the Father, and energized by the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling in one’s heart, this person commits to a life-long journey of: Believing in Jesus, Belonging to Jesus’ Family, Building up one’s knowledge of Jesus, Being with Jesus, Becoming like Jesus, and Blessing like Jesus.
Believing in Jesus - Putting our faith in Jesus and His work of salvation.
Belonging to His family - Having put our faith in Jesus and established our identity in Him, we naturally journey with others who also find their identity in Jesus (the community we call the church). We worship together and we walk alongside each other, modeling Jesus for one another, encouraging one another through our successes and failures, sharing in each other’s joys and sorrows, sharing truth and grace with one another, and helping each other treasure and savor Jesus.
Building up one’s knowledge of Jesus - Even once we have come to believe in Jesus, we are life-long learners of Jesus and His Way of truth, grace, and love as written about in the Bible and as testified through the Holy Spirit and the Church. We never stop learning and growing.
Being with Jesus - We regularly seek to participate in the life of God/have communion with Him. We do this by spending regular time with Jesus, coming to know Him, calling upon His name, worshipping Him, resting in His love, and abiding in Him and allowing Him to abide in us.
Becoming like Jesus - Recognizing both our belovedness and our brokenness before Jesus, we allow the Holy Spirit to increasingly align our character, desires, and habits to those of Jesus. This is a life-long process, that invariably involves steps backward and steps forward in this lifetime.
Blessing like Jesus - We seek to serve and love others like Jesus did; doing the things that he did during his ministry; living a life of generosity and hospitality; sharing His Good News through word, deed, and power; and participating in His work of building up His Kingdom of justice, reconciliation, restoration, and renewal.
All done By The Power of the Holy Spirit.
At the Mission, we will come alongside our people to help them along on this wonderful but challenging journey, through our Mission Communities, one-on-one pastoral conversations, teaching, and online resources. Look for upcoming links on discipleship on this page, including a discussion of discipleship rhythms (Up, In, Out, and Down) and help on creating a Contemplative, Missional Rule of Life, which includes embracing Reality and tending to Roles, Relationships, Resources, and Rhythms, for the Renewal of the World.
In the meantime, check out spiritual formation resources at Rev.’s Kristen Website, www.thevineandtheway.com and email any questions to Rev. Kristen at email@example.com.
Posts on Discipleship
“What’s Been Missing in the Way We Do Discipleship?” - August 12, 2019