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)
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/
Fr. William Eavenson is the Planting Pastor of The Mission Cincinnati. He is married to Savannah and they look forward to welcoming a baby daughter into the world in early 2017! William is a native of Atlanta GA, where he came to Christ through the youth ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church. During his senior year in high school, he experienced a call to ministry while working as a pastoral intern at Peachtree. He holds a BA in English with Honors and Communication from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC as well as an MDiv from Regent College in Vancouver BC.
Theologically William can be described as a charitable evangelical who values the authority of Scripture, believes in the continued activity of the Holy Spirit, seeks connection with Christians across denominations and throughout history, and is passionate about finding new ways to reach new generations in America.
William loves meeting new people. He is an avid reader who loves playing guitar, talking college football, and nerding out about random scientific, theological, or psychological topics. He loves climbing mountains, whitewater kayaking, and will say yes to pretty much any invitation that gets him outdoors. If you'd like to get in touch with William, feel free to email him at email@example.com.
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. Fr. William is thus shepherded and pastored by our Bishop, Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson. Within our diocese we are also a part of the Kentucky Network and William receives regular coaching from 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 absolutely integral 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