Whatever It Takes!

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 When you think of AS IS Church there is a phrase that we want to immediately come to mind that communicates who we are and why we do what we do – our mission statement.

SHARING GOD’S LOVE WITH A BROKEN AND HURTING WORLD

LOVING HIM, LOVING OTHERS, CHANGING LIVES

This phrase describes who we are as a church. It states what we want to be known for in our community and captures the heart of our church culture. 

SHARING GOD’S LOVE WITH A BROKEN AND HURTING WORLD

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

LOVING HIM, LOVING OTHERS, CHANGING LIVES

The Great Commandment

Mark 12:30-31 ” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’“

Bottom-line: Love God, Love People, Serve Others, Be Generous.

EVERYONE HAS A NAME.  EVERYONE HAS A STORY.  EVERYONE MATTERS TO GOD. 

SINCE EVERYONE MATTERS TO GOD THEY MATTER TO US.

·         As long as there is one person in Portland, Vancouver, and the surrounding area that needs Christ we will try to reach them locally.  Globally we are committed to sending people and resources, sharing the good news, and providing hope.

·         We will do whatever it takes to reach more people until Jesus returns.

·         So if you want to be a part of a church that is serious about bringing people to Jesus Christ, you’ve found the right church.

·         We’re not about creating a comfortable place for the churched.  We value reaching lost people and hurting people more than our own personal comfort and fellowship.

STOP.  RIGHT.  THERE.  This vision is great.  The mission is strong.  The execution requires attention.

Each weekend we have guests that visit AS IS Church only turn around and leave.  They have taken a risk to check out the church because they’ve heard about our great ministries and the welcoming environment, yet when they show up with their families they discover our KID’S WORLD classes are closed.  We have no room for their kids because we don’t have enough servant leaders (volunteers) willing to give a couple hours once a month. 

We are also missing a HUGE opportunity to see people get connected to a small group.  Each week we have people asking about our groups only to be told most of them are full or closed.  We need more people to step up and lead a lifegroup or bible study so we can keep making disciples of Jesus.  It’s time to get in the game.

Listen, I’m not saying this to shame or guilt trip or accuse anyone – I’m saying this because there is a need and if we don’t address it we’ll keep turning folks away – and that goes against everything we’re about.  The most difficult thing for me to say is that we have plenty of resources (people), literally 300-400 a week, who are able but not willing to help change lives for eternity.  Come on AS IS Church, we can do this!

It’s really about Loving Others.  12:31 “. . . Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Learning to love others runs counter to our self-centered culture, but it is relationships, not achievements or acquisition of things, that matters most in life.

About serving in a ministry at AS IS Church

We are a Volunteer Driven church.

We will not be able to share God’s love with a broken and hurting world without servant leaders and sacrificial volunteers.

We believe serving should be a Blessing not a Burden

We believe every person should be involved in a ministry that compliments who God made them to be. When you do you will discover serving to be fulfilling and fruitful. We want to see you growing in your giftedness and passion.

We say that if we can get the right people in the right places for the right reasons we get the right results. 

If that’s KIDS WORLD please contact Hannah Vasquez at hannah@asischurch.com.

If that’s leading a small group or bible study please contact Marla Madderra at marla@asischurch.com.

Let’s not turn anyone away.  This is a Jesus Movement. Find a place to serve.  You’ll be blessed.

God has BIG plans for us in 2018.  We need all hands on deck.

In His Love,

Pastor Scott