Why “the Outpost”?
out-post [ówt•pōst] noun
- a small group of troops stationed at a distance from the main body of an army and assigned to guard a particular place or area
- a small military base in a remote area or different country
- a settlement in unfamiliar territory or on a frontier
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Like in the early pioneer days, The Outpost is a place of refuge in the midst of our mission. It is where we can go for encouragement, equipment, fellowship and a place to be reminded of our mission.
We understand our mission to be “make disciples.” For The Outpost, “make disciples” includes both making new disciples from spiritual captives and developing current disciples through training and equipping them to steward heart their lives and resources for the Kingdom. We want our focus to be Christ’s focus.
How We Fulfill Our Mission
Love – we believe that relationships are the context for all of life and transformation by the power of God. Through loving God, one another, and ourselves we are a community that speaks the truth to one another (Ephesians 4:15) and seeks to encourage one another. We understand that we are to live skillfully and speak graciously (Colossians 4:5,6) while seeking to make the gospel attractive (Titus 2:10).
Train – In Eph 4 Paul describes some people’s role in the church as equipping, building or literally increasing the potential of others. At the Outpost, we want people to know how to steward their gifts, share their faith, and study and understand their Bible. We want people feeling equipped and motivated to participate in what God is doing. Through the Holy Spirit, using the truth of God and our resources in the context of relationships, we both teach and apprentice people in the ways of Christ and the Apostles.
Launch – At the Outpost, we will seek the welfare of the communities in which we live (Jeremiah 29:7), that Christ might appeal to them through us (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). We believe that God will do this weekly by “launching” contagious disciples into families, neighborhoods, and businesses.