Zoweh's Statement of Faith
There is not enough space to put the creeds of the early church, the statements of the reformation, the messages of the major revivals, the things of God learned from vast missionary work over the centuries, or the quotes of the many men and women who led such Kingdom expeditions, though you will find them smattered throughout the Zoweh website pages. For those that go directly to pages like this we hope this collection speaks clearly to what our team, friends, and allies faith is, as well as what it isn’t, and that it helps you form your opinions of us more accurately. Our tenets will give you a good glimpse into the way we are led and choose to live and how we aspire to work together in the mission God has called us to in the Larger Story.
Many of the details, and certainly the spirit of these tenets, we have borrowed from our friends and allies at Ransomed Heart, who have borrowed from others, as well. We offer them in hopes they may help you with understanding as they define us a bit more and invite you to see what we hold most true in our growing Redemptive Community.
Our Part, Our Role, Our Mission
It’s a given that we can’t do it all. But we know what our part, our role, our mission is. Upon that we focus our resources, plans, and prayers. Because of our clarity and focus, we feel free to not be or not do that which is someone else’s mission in the Body. We are a Discipleship- and Friendship-Centered Initiative (ministry) that works primarily with believers. The message we practice and teach is about the restoration of the heart, walking with God, understanding and experiencing God and His Larger Gospel of love, life, freedom, and the restoration of all things, and offering who we are to the world and others rather than going to the world and others to try to find out who we are.
Our events, resources, and ministry decisions have the goal of intimacy with God and each other and the hope of irreversible change. It is not only information and education about God (theology), though that certainly happens it is not 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 direction, hopes, and decisions to God and listen for His affirmation or counter-intuitive direction.
Led by a Community of Hearts
As a ministry/organization we resist growing. We don’t want to be big, manage regional offices, have a legion of employees, a campus or large buildings, multiple departments, and an overhead that we are enslaved to. We would rather see others catch the vision of Redemptive Community and carry it into their world as they walk with God. We will grow as God nudges us to grow. We plan to remain small, mobile, flexible, and intimate—tribal.
We view our development as a ministry in stages: crawl, walk, and run. This assumes a progression over time that requires patience, anticipation, and dreaming/planning/hoping with God. We know that we are not now all that we will be and God is revealing, inviting, wooing, and training us into more individually and as a team.
Zoweh is led by a community of hearts 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. 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.
We believe we have, through the deep work of Christ, 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 servants of God.
We will care for our hearts and those of our family. We may say “No” to a genuine opportunity, believing it is best and necessary for our own intimate relationship with Christ, for those we love most, and for real life to flow into us from Christ so it can flow out from us to others. We want to give from abundance in Christ, not out of desperation to please or 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.
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.