The Yes Statement is, in essence, our form of church membership. It is an annual commitment we make to know and follow Jesus together as Northeast Church. The various aspects of this commitment are articulated within the Statement below.
We desire to see Fort Wayne and the nations sing for joy as we proclaim and embody the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom.
RELATIONSHIP // We commit above all else to love God with our whole lives and to love one another as He has loved us.
As we follow and walk with Jesus, we pursue a growing, deepening relationship with Him. The call to follow Jesus includes the call to share our lives together. We engage together in honest conversation, friendship, and passionate pursuit of the kingdom. When we do, we will inevitably experience conflict. Rather than running when things get difficult, we’re committed to staying together, meeting at the table, and working through tough situations. We won’t always agree, but we will seek to understand, forgive and remain committed to one another. Because we value relationship, we are committed to engaging in the following practices: daily prayer, weekly worship gatherings, shared meals, participation in smaller communities, and speaking the truth in love to one another. // Matt. 5:23-24, Col. 3:13; Deut 6:5; Matt 22:37-38; Rom 12:1-2; John 13:34; Heb 10:24; 1 Thess 5:11; Rom 12:9-16; Gal 6:2
FORMATION // We commit together to the process and pursuit of having our entire lives formed into the image of Christ.
A growing relationship with Jesus means we will increasingly seek out ways to follow and learn from him. This process involves a deep learning and sanctification that touches upon every aspect of who we are. Jesus calls us to follow him and to take on his heart and desire for the Kingdom. It is a call to rigorously cultivate a life of character and virtue. As a result, little by little, our lives are formed into the image of Christ. Pursuing formation means we are committed to becoming more like Jesus than we are today, it means no one is ever done growing, maturing, and discovering new ways to embody the way of Jesus. It means we submit to one another and to our leaders. Because we value formation, we engage in the following practices: baptism, the Lord’s Supper, formation groups, study and application of scripture, church gatherings, confession, and confrontation. // Deut 13:4; John 10:27, Phil 3:8; Rom 10:9; Ezek 36:27; Gal 5:22-26; Heb 10:25; Ex 18:25-26; Jam 5:16,Heb 3:13; 2 Tim 4:2; 1 John 1:9, Phil 1:6; Heb 13.17.
MISSION // We commit to speaking and demonstrating the good news of Jesus and his Kingdom.
Our neighborhoods, places of work and play provide tremendous opportunities for us to influence and serve. Sometimes this means we will make cross-cultural moves to engage and serve certain people groups. Other times, all we need to do is walk across the room or street. Wherever we find ourselves, we are committed to sharing and embodying the love, hope and truth of Jesus with our neighbors. Because we value mission, we engage in the following practices: bearing witness, care for the vulnerable, and the pursuit of peace on behalf those living in brokenness. // Matt. 28:16-20; Lev 19:18; Matt 22:39; Deut 4:5-8; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:17-20; Deut 6:4-7; Col 1:28.
CREATIVITY // We commit to developing and using our gifts, talents, passions, and skills in all kinds of creative work and play.
While the value of creativity certainly implies expression, it is not limited to what we might often think of as the arts. As image bearers, we are made to create through our work. We are all “creatives” when we realize and embrace our God-given identity to be creators, makers, workers, and influencers. All work abounds with creative potential when we come to see and understand our daily lives as opportunities to advance the kingdom by making a contribution. Being creative is less about where we are or where we work and more about how we understand our identity and approach our work. Because we value creativity, we engage in the following practices: a commitment to excellence in all our work, advancing ideas, art and creative projects, participation in civic discourse and leadership, and generosity. // Ex 35:4-29; Rom 12:3-8; Lev 27:30; Acts 20:35.
COMMITMENT FROM THE ELDERS AND LEADERS:
We, the elders and leaders of Northeast Christian Church, commit to living, loving, leading, and serving according to the Lord’s calling as revealed in His Word. We commit to live as examples for you to follow, to willingly and eagerly shepherd you, to keep watch over your soul, and to equip you to do the work of ministry, for the building up of the Body of Jesus. / 1 Peter 5, Hebrews 13, Acts 20, Ephesians 4
Governance Team: John Barce, Ryan Clark, Brad Taylor, Jean Deller, Melanee Findley, Carrie Foss Staff: Anthony Opliger, David Lawson, Adam Clark, Josh VonGunten, Suzanne Baker, Jenni Smith