What would it look like if the majority of God's people were mobilized into personal and growing intimacy with the Father as their first priority of life?
What would it look like if people who occupy leadership positions empowered others as their first calling rather than simply exercising their own gifting?
What would it look like if the majority of God's people understood and used their spiritual giftedness in the world where they spend 95% of their time?
What would it look like if the “church” gave every man, woman and child the opportunity to hear and understand the gospel and be reconciled to God through Christ without their coming or going anywhere?
Church: Whatever God is going to do in the world, he is going to do through all of Christ’s people, the church. We need each person/church to reach the 25 million people in the New York Metro area. Churches, God's people, must catch the vision for 25 million souls; then working together will become a necessity, instead of merely a nicety. We affirm that we can accomplish more together than any one church congregation/expression working in isolation.
Leadership: Whatever God is going to do through all of Christ's people in the world, he is going to do through leaders who empower God's people as their first priority, and as more important than their own giftedness. In addition, we believe that church leaders should take up the point for what God wants to do in the city. Para-church ministries are very important and should come along side these church leaders to accomplish the vision by training and mobilizing all of God's people within the local congregations.
Strategy: Whatever God is going to do in the world through all of Christ's people, he is going to do primarily through a decentralized structure. We believe there is one church in New York. There are many local expressions of this one church. Thus, we are interested in the success of the church in New York, not simply how large any one particular congregation becomes. The church must not use itself as the only measurement, but must look at itself in light of the city.