“As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” John 20:21
GDAC Sent Initiatives: Jesus has invited us to be disciples of Him who make disciples with Him. Our desire is to respond to His leading and align ourselves with the way He modeled by equipping each disciple making environment (Gather, Grow, Go) to join Jesus on His mission to make disciples here in Chatham, our region and around the world.
The Father Sent Jesus – In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus begins His ministry by reading the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue. Jesus said in reference to Himself “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Jesus understood that the Father in love sent him and anointed Him by the Spirit to reveal His Father and His Kingdom (John 17:25-26).
- The Father sent Jesus to reveal Himself to the lost people of Israel (Matthew 15:24) by meeting the needs of the “sick”
- The Father sent Jesus to reveal what the He was like by having Jesus invite a few (John 17:6) into deep life on life relationships. In the process of investing in these disciples, Jesus prepared them too to be sent out (Luke 10:1-24).
Jesus Sends us – Jesus sent out the disciples in the same way He was sent (John 20:21). No longer, just to the people of Israel, but to the whole world. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Just as the Father was always leading Jesus, Jesus is always leading us by His Spirit. “Apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Gather Sent Initiatives – Initiatives Jesus has sent out of our GDAC staff and elders. These include our Global Initiatives – Lizette Lavoie, Michel & Denise Dube, Lois Belsey, Danny & Vera Kuranji, Doug & Carol Woon, Mission Teams. Local Initiatives – New Church Plants, Summer Kids Camps, Operation Christmas Child.
Group Grow Sent Initiatives – Initiatives Jesus has sent out of our Grow Groups. These include Global Initiatives – Robbie & Heather Oleniuk, Jono & Rachel Stanley and other individuals on mission. Local Initiatives – New Grow Groups, Friendz BBQ, Breakfast Club.
Go Pair Sent Initiatives – These are the people in our everyday lives Jesus is drawing to Himself and has sent us individually on mission to reveal Himself to. These are the children in our own homes, the children, youth, young adults and adults in our GDAC family, our neighbors and coworkers.