Our Part, Our Role, Our Mission
It’s a given that we can’t do it all. But we do know a good part of what our part, our role, and our mission is at Zoweh in the world. Because of our clarity, we feel free to not be or not do that which is someone else’s mission in the Larger Story. We are a discipleship and friendship centered ministry that works primarily with those who are already believers. The message we practice and teach is about walking with God for the restoration of the heart, understanding and experiencing God's love, life, freedom, and the restoration of all things in the Larger Story. We believe our role is to offer who we are to the world rather than going to the world to try to find out who we are.
Our decisions are based on our own walks with God and how He is inviting us to take up our part in the greater mission by providing environments and resources that foster intimacy with Him and one another with missional hope of irreversible change. It is not only information and education about God (theology), though that certainly happens; nor is it only inspiration, though that may be a result; it is not just encouragement, though we hope that also occurs ...
we are all about intimacy, oneness, and connectedness with God that leads to irreversible change—the transformation of hearts and lives that the sons and daughters of God will know and experience and guard the freedom we have in Christ as a practice, an orientation, and way of Life.
Early Celtic believers referred to the Holy Spirit as the “Wild Goose,” a name rightly describing the unfettered, free, and wild nature of God (John 3:8). We submit our part, role, and mission to God and listen for His counsel, affirmation or sometimes even counter-intuitive direction.
Led by a Community of Hearts
As a ministry/organization, we attempt to resist growing. We don’t aspire to be a big team, franchise, manage regional offices, have a legion of employees, a headquartered campus or large buildings with multiple departments and a financial overhead that we become enslaved to. We would rather see others catch the vision of Redemptive Community and carry it into their world as they learn to walk with God, hear His voice and experience restoration and freedom for themselves. We will grow as God nudges us to grow. We plan to remain small, mobile, flexible, and intimate.
We view our ministry's development as one of "ongoing stages": crawl, walk, and run, and all the while, God is awakening, deepening and fulfilling. This assumes a progression over time that requires patience, anticipation, dreaming, planning and hoping with God. We know that as a team and ministry we are not now all that we will one day be. God is constantly revealing, inviting, wooing, and training us into more.
Zoweh is led by a community of hearts - the core team, board, and a legacy council all sharing their gifts, perspectives, and the weight of their lives in a unified voice and direction. We live and work with the deep belief that our hearts are good. We are a New Covenant ministry that believes God’s promise to “take away our heart of stone” and to “give us a new heart” (Ezekiel 11:19, 18:31, 36:26 and Jeremiah 24:7, 29:13, 31:33, 32:39) has been accomplished by the work of Jesus Christ for believers now. We, the sons and daughters of God, now have good hearts, and therefore, we appeal to the deepest and truest parts of one’s being, believing that as a Christian, our deepest and truest desires are for that which is true, honorable, holy, good, pure, and beautiful and that we have the equipment and the Trinity to help us live that way ... new.
We believe we have, through the deep work of Christ (cross, death, resurrection, and ascension) a transformation, and that we are being transformed. We believe we have the core internal equipment (good heart), and a new identity (sons and daughters of God), and the power and authority given to us at the new birth to overcome and advance the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ here and now as the friends of God, family of God, and teammates of God.
We will care for our hearts and those of our family to the best of our ability. We may say “No” to a genuine opportunity, believing it is best and necessary for our own intimate relationships with Christ, for those we love most, and to protect the real life-flow in us from Christ so that it can truly flow out from us to others. We want to give from abundance in Christ, not out of desperation to please and receive approval. We aspire to live and work using the wisdom we have gained over the journey and revelation that comes from listening to God in a moment or season, whom we have found at times, may guide us in counter-intuitive directions.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. - Ephesians 1:17
We believe that all we have has been given to us as a gift from God. We remember this and pray that all our dealings with people, whether they be for us or against us, would be marked by genuine humility, love, and forgiveness and all the while with a spirit of gratitude and generosity.