Greetings from Nakuru Kenya!
I am looking forward to this Sunday's service. This will be our third service in Racecourse Nakuru, Kenya. We have been sharing about community, and this week we continue the theme with the specific vision of our church/community. I am putting a copy of it in this post.
The Sitting Room's Vision
The Sitting Room’s primary reason for being brought into existence is to provide community. Community is a place where people come together to get to know one another. We come together to worship our God, to hear messages concerning our God, to offer prayer to our God, and we come together to meet each other’s needs. Our community exists for us. We strive to be like the first church and have someone write of us that there were no needs among us. We admit to not having all the answers to life’s questions, but we are willing to ask them with you. We understand that there will be needs that at times will be overwhelming to the community, but we are willing to be overwhelmed with you. Our community is here to serve and love each other, and by doing so, we will also be serving and loving our God.
Any person is welcome to fellowship with us. There are no membership requirements. Faith in Jesus Christ is not mandatory, but it is what binds most of us together. The community is made up of all kinds of people with all kinds of ideas about faith and what to do with it. We do not restrict expressions of faith, and we ask for the same in return.
The Sitting Room holds to the tenets of Pure Christianity and holds no specific doctrines otherwise. We believe that there is a God. We believe that mankind needs redemption from sin. We believe that Jesus Christ provided that redemption for us. We believe that God’s gift to us is eternal life.
The Sitting Room recognizes the need to reach out to the suffering of the world. Our first outreach is to meet the needs within our community. When there is a need among one of the members of the community, then we will do our best to meet that need. We also understand that there are many people in the world suffering. We desire to reach out to them all and provide what relief we can.
The Sitting Room will participate in humanitarian outreaches whenever God enables us to do so. The Sitting Room also accepts the Great Commission that Christ gave us. He wants us to go into all the world and make disciples. We do not define disciples as converts but rather as people who follow Christ. We will do our part in the Great Commission.
The Sitting Room has adopted a communal leadership structure. No one person is in charge, but instead a group of believers govern the church. We feel that most churches have too much government, and so we strive to have as little as possible. We want individuals to be free to worship and seek God in our fellowship. The leadership of The Sitting Room exists to guide believers in their journey with God. The leadership will also do mundane things such as make and keep schedules, plan events, pay bills, and any other things of that nature. The leadership is responsible for serving the members of The Sitting Room by praying for them, comforting them, teaching them (in other words by shepherding them). The Sitting Room is set up to be a place where anyone can freely worship and seek God.