Our Vision: Passionately Following Jesus
East Goshen Mennonite Church is a community of Anabaptist Christians. This is not a brand of church or a denominational label as much as it is a movement of Jesus’ followers. We are Christians who understand our primary call is to be disciples of Jesus who live out the gospel in our everyday lives. Our vision challenges us to Passionately Follow Jesus, discovering Jesus’ practices of loving, inviting, equipping and living. We desire to love and look like Jesus in our world.
Jesus was on a mission carried out through his attitude and actions of love. His love for others connected him to people at the point of their need: a woman at a well, a paralytic, a leper, a bleeding woman, a deaf man, a boy with a spirit. Jesus connected with people by joining life with them (eating with them, hanging around and walking in their towns).
Jesus’ mission was one of constant invitation, from the blunt summons of “Come follow” to offering a sense of belonging to God’s family (Jn 1.12-13) and a place in the Kingdom (Lk 14.15-23). Jesus was masterful in offering the invitation to belong.
Jesus’ time with his disciples was given to teaching, modeling the way of God’s Reign, and preparing them to go. The first disciples, regardless of their own understanding, were being spiritually formed and nurtured into the likeness of Jesus.
Just as Jesus lived in ways that were consistent with the Kingdom of God, he invited others to authentically embrace his way in full commitment of their everyday lives. Jesus sends his disciples to embody God’s passion for the world.