You may be asking why we chose the name Involve Church Project. You may have heard the following statistic:
90% of the work in the local church is achieved by 10% of the people
While this may not be true in every church, it generally holds true for most churches. We are looking to establish a church in which most, if not all, of the people are using their God-given gifts to serve the Lord and help with the ministry efforts of the church. We want all to be “involved,” hence the name Involve Church Project. We believe a church functioning in this way better reflects what God intended for those who are a part of the Body of Christ and are part of a local church (Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12).
Furthermore, we believe that the life of the believer should reflect Christ’s life, in that He came to sacrificially serve others, not to be served. One downside to current trends in the local church in the United States is it continues to develop a consumer mentality in which people are spectators, rather than participants. This is not God’s desire for the church, however, and we believe that people are better discipled and conformed into the image of Christ when they are actively participating in the ministry of the church.
As mentioned before, we realize this goes against popular trends in new Christian churches (as well as our culture at large). The tendency is to build a model that will attract people. There is no problem with this, except for that attractions in the secular arena are typically spectator events. There is very little participation and they are typically entertainment-based. The church does not exist for entertainment, but to carry out the mission set forth in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
With this in mind, there is a lot to be done. So, our philosophy is “all hands on deck.”