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The Mission of OneLife

A mission basically let's people know why you exist. It is a clear and concise summary of what you are supposed to be doing. For example, the mission of a coffee shop could be to serve Antioch the best cup of coffee they’ve ever had, while supporting fair trade coffee practices in supplying countries.

The mission of OneLife is to build extended families of disciples that live on mission together.

Let's break that down into smaller chunks:

Build Extended Families - if you leave people alone, they tend to naturally gather in groups of 15-40 people. That's because we're naturally wired for extended family - a shared network of relationships with a diversity of roles, responsibilities, and resources.

Common examples of extended families can be little league sports teams, relationships that center around a common pub or coffee shop, gangs, or even online gaming communities. An extended family is where we find community and develop identity.

We believe the extended family is at the core of what Jesus had in mind when he said, "I will build my church", so we want to partner with Jesus in building extended families of...

Disciples - a disciple is someone who follows, or apprentices themselves to, another person so they can know what they know, do what they do, and be the kind of person they are. Jesus lives a life of deep communion with God, authentic community, and Spirit led mission. We want to build extended families of disciples where anyone - no matter where they are in their journey - can become more and more like Jesus.

That Live on Mission Together - Following Jesus means we join him in his mission to the world. Every extended family of disciples will develop a shared rhythm of life where they regularly serve a particular neighborhood, network of relationships, or need, in the city.

We believe everything we do should somehow contribute to us fulfilling the mission God has given to every follower of Jesus to "...make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:18-19

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