Jesus told his first followers, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2 ESV). His point was that God intended a global movement in which every follower of Jesus would participate with others in spreading the great news about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Harvest's mission is built on the mission given by Jesus to his followers in Matthew 28:18-20. At Harvest, we simply say that we are people helping people know and follow Jesus.
Knowing and following Jesus means that we are becoming more like him in character and action. We value the following practices, worded as questions, to help us become more and more like Jesus:
- Share Jesus: Who am I helping to know Jesus?
- Engage with God: How did I spend time with God this week?
- Serve People: How am I using my gifts to serve others?
- Establish Community: Do I have a community that is encouraging to my faith?
- Live Generously: Does my giving show love for God and people?
In the years ahead we envision our mission being fulfilled as we fuel a movement of passionate, outsider-seeking churches that are built with a multiplication DNA to reach Central Florida and beyond. We will accomplish this through a combination of multisite and church planting strategies.
- Multisite: as the church grows, we will pursue opportunities to extend Harvest to new communities around us.
- Church planting: we will deliberately build up pastors and leaders who will launch new churches in new locations.
While churches share much in common in their belief in Jesus, churches also have unique cultures. The following leadership values will tell you something about our unique culture and calling:
- We don't play it safe, we follow Jesus.
We believe big, pray big, but start small. We choose to think outside of the box but we purposefully do less to accomplish more.
- Jesus is our message.
We are Jesus people, not religious people. Methods will come and go, yet our message will remain the same. Furthermore, our mission to connect Jesus to outsiders trumps preferences for insiders.
- We don't lead to maintain but to multiply.
We believe the leader wins by growing fruit on other people's trees. We lead toward a movement that multiplies outward not to protect what we've built.
- We choose to take the hill and to take it together.
The church is a multi-generational, ethnically diverse, team on a mission to help others know and follow Jesus. We are extremely dedicated to this mission, and we are highly dedicated to each other.
Harvest Community Church is affiliated with Converge, a movement of churches working to help people meet, know and follow Jesus by starting and strengthening churches together worldwide.