This weekend, we are kicking off the fall with a brand new series called, “Who We Are.” And, for this series, the idea is really simple…

We want to get crystal clear about who we are – our DNA, identity, values, mission, and calling here in the world.

Because, when we are vague about our calling, when we are a little fuzzy about who we are, and when we aren’t sure and clear about our identity, what can easily happen is we can start to drift. This can happen to churches, people, businesses, or organizations. But, here’s the really dangerous part…

When we start to drift away from who we are, we might not even notice.

That’s how subtle this drifting thing can be. And, we cannot afford to forget who we are, or our mission here at Bethany. Because, we believe that God wants to use us to change the world, starting in Niagara. To change the world starting with you. To use you and me to be part of the change He is already doing in our communities, workplaces, schoolyards, hockey rinks, and neighbourhoods.

We want to get crystal clear about who we are, so that we can follow Jesus deeper and more faithfully than ever. So that we can be changed by Jesus, and join Jesus in changing the world.

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2 comments on “WHO WE ARE: Grace

  1. Mama B on

    This leaves me feeling terribly uneasy. When a church starts throwing around the word “identity,” an entire community of people who are sure about theirs often gets hurt. Excluded. “Welcome, but…” Conditions are placed. Lines are drawn.

    From the late, and amazing, Rachel Held Evans “This is what God’s kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes. And there’s always room for more.” I’d add (and believe that Rachel would agree) “not because they’re straight or cis-gendered or fit a binary…” I fear that we’ll be left hungry to appease the comfort of a vocal guard.

    • Andrew Mills on

      Hi Mama B – thanks so much for your honest and vulnerable reply. I know whenever we talk about core things like identity it can make people feel uneasy. I’d be interested though in what you thought after hearing the service and whether the feelings of uneasiness were increased or decreased. Thanks for you thoughts!


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