Mission & Vision

// What we're all about

We are a Family of Missionary Servants

sent as Disciples who Make Disciples

in All of Life.


We desire to see every man, woman, and child

have a daily encounter with real Jesus

in word and deed.


  • This vision is grounded in the promise of Habakkuk 2:14 "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
  • In order to see this happen, our goal is to see one missional community planted for every 1000 people in the greater Nashville area.


Values

The Priority of the Gospel

We are committed to filling ordinary life with gospel intentionality, pastoring one another with the gospel, and sharing the gospel with unbelievers. We challenge one another to be sacrificial, servant-hearted, risk-taking, and flexible because the gospel has priority over our comfort, preferences, security, and traditions. We will not let Christian activity be just one part of our lives.


Mission through Community

We are committed to communicating the gospel message in the context of a gospel community. As we build relationships with people and share the gospel message, we want to introduce them to Christian community. We want people to experience church as a network of relationships rather than a meeting they attend or a place they enter. We will not put on evangelistic missions outside the context of a Christian community.


Home as the Primary Location of Church

We want a reproducible model of church without trappings that might impede freedom and flexibility. We are committed to homes as a context for all, or most, of church life. Homes shapes the ethos of the church. When congregations use other buildings, those buildings will not be viewed as the main focus of mission. 


Sharing our Lives as Extended Family

We are committed to sharing our lives in Christian community, caring for one another, discipling one another, and resolving conflict. We expect our people to make personal decisions with regard to the implications for the church as a whole and to make significant decisions in consultation with the church. We will not let conflict continue unresolved, nor view church simply as a meeting to attend.


Inclusive Communities

We are committed to welcoming broken people and making church accessible to unbelievers. We want to offer a sense of belonging and be communities of grace in which people can be open and vulnerable. We will not let our welcome be dependent on adherence to any cultural norms not demanded by the gospel.


Working for City Renewal

We are committed to working for neighborhood and city renewal – redressing injustice, pursuing reconciliation, and welcoming the marginalized. We celebrate the diversity of cultures in our local contexts while recognizing the need for gospel renewal. We encourage each other to glorify God and serve others through the workplace, business, community projects, government, and artistic endeavors. We will not make a division between spiritual and non-spiritual activities.


Growth through Starting Churches & Church Planting Networks

We are committed to starting new congregations. We will work together within, between, and beyond our networks of missionary congregations. Our vision is to collaborate in a wider church planting movement to litter the world with communities of light. We will not develop into single, large congregations, nor become insular congregations.


Prayer as a Missionary Activity

Recognizing that God is the primary agent and orchestrator of mission, we view prayer as a missionary activity. We will offer prayer to unbelievers, witnessing to a living and personal relationship with our sovereign Father. We want prayer to be both a regular community discipline and an impromptu response to needs and opportunities. We will not assume we are in control of mission, nor rob God of his glory by boasting of our achievements.


Everyone Exercising Gospel Ministry

We are committed to every Christian seeing themselves as a missionary and exercising gospel ministry in every aspect of life. We shape activities around gospel opportunities we have with unbelievers, and the gifts and passions of church members. We believe leadership is important, seeing leaders as facilitators of gospel ministry rather than those who exercise control. We will not make distinctions between full-time and non-full-time ministers.


Shaped by the Bible Story

We want our lives and our life together to be formed and shaped by the Bible’s story of redemption. We believe the Bible to be the reliable, authoritative, and sufficient word of God. We are therefore committed to good Bible learning. We will not act on the basis of tradition, habit or pragmatism without reflection on the Bible. We will not see Bible teaching as an end in itself, but as that which must shape our thinking and action.


Distinctives

Theologically, We are Committed to


Gospel Centrality

We believe the gospel is the good news of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, namely our forgiveness from sin and complete justification before God; this gospel is also the foundation for our confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom, and the consummation of his purpose for all creation in the new heavens and new earth. This gospel is centered in Christ, is the foundation for the life of the Church, and is our only hope for eternal life; this gospel is not proclaimed if Christ’s penal substitutionary death and bodily resurrection are not central to our message.This Gospel is not only the means by which people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified; it is the truth of the Gospel that enables us to genuinely and joyfully do what is pleasing to God and to grow in progressive conformity to the image of Christ. The salvation offered in this gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; no ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. (Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:2; 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 9:13; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 1: 7-10; Colossians 1: 19-20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; 2 Peter 3: 11-13; Jude 3-4; Revelation 21-22) 2. 


God's Sovereignty in Salvation

We affirm that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, not on the basis of foreseen faith but unconditionally, according to his sovereign good pleasure and will. We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit, God will draw the elect to faith in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously and effectually overcoming their stubborn resistance to the gospel so that they will most assuredly and willingly believe. We also believe that these, the elect of God whom he gave to the Son, will persevere in belief and godly behavior and be kept secure in their salvation by grace through faith. We believe that God’s sovereignty in this salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the ordained means by which God accomplishes his ordained ends. (John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 9:1-23; 10:8-10; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7,9) 3. 


Holy Spirit Empowered Ministry

The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son, whose primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth). The Spirit permanently indwells, graciously sanctifies, lovingly leads, and empowers all who are brought to faith in Christ so that they might live in obedience to the inerrant Scriptures. The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of his indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ himself who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon his power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of his earthly ministry. The Holy Spirit who indwelt and empowered Christ in like manner indwells and empowers us with spiritual gifts he has bestowed for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available today, but not one of them in particular is required to give evidence of the baptism or filling of the Spirit. The gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines. (Matthew 3:11; 12:28; Luke 4:1, 14; 5:17; 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15, 34; 14:12; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30;10:38; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-13; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18) 4. 


Inaugurated Eschatology

The kingdom of God is any place or person where the rule and reign of Jesus Christ is expressed and experienced. We believe Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God in his bodily ministry on the earth and continues to establish it by his Spirit through his body, the church, today. We live in between the inauguration and consummation of Jesus’ Kingdom. Presently, the Church serves as a foretaste of the future reality when all will come under Christ as Head. As the Church submits to and serves Christ today, the world gets to see and experience a preview of the future under the full rule and reign of Jesus Christ. The consummation of the Kingdom will be fulfilled when Jesus returns. (Mark 1:15: Luke 17:20-21; Ephesians 1:10; 22-23; Revelation 20-21)


Ecclesiologically, We are Committed to:


Missional Church

The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not a program in the church but an essential identity of the church. The church is the missionary people of God sent into all of life to accomplish his purposes. We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life. The primary way we fulfill this mission is by making disciples who make disciples leading to the starting and establishing of Gospel-Centered churches on mission. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those churches God enables us to plant around the world. We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ. (Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)


Trinitarian Identity

The Church is not a building, an event or an institution. The Church is the people of God saved by the power of God for the purposes of God in this world. Jesus commanded us to make disciples who make disciples. Part of that work is baptizing his followers into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This means we are to establish them in their new identity. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation – they have a new identity. Our new identity as Disciples of Jesus is Family, Servants and Missionaries. Resonate Church will establish Disciples of Jesus in their new Trinitarian Identity. Our doing comes out of our being. Therefore as the Family of God, we love others like brothers and sisters. As Servants of our King, we serve the least of these as Jesus served us. And as Empowered Missionaries, we are sent by the Spirit to be witnesses to Jesus in word and deed. (Matthew 20: 25-28; 25:31-46; 28:16-20; John 1:12-14; 13:1-17; 20:21-22; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:14-17; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Ephesians 1:3-10; 2:10; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter2:9-12; 1 John 3:1; 4:7-12)


Missional Communities

We believe missional communities are the primary structure for making disciples. Disciples of Jesus increasingly submit to him in all of life (worship), are being changed by him (new identity), obey him and teach others’ to do the same (multiplication). Discipleship is the process of bringing all of life under the lordship and empowering presence of Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish the mission of making disciples we must create environments where life on life, life in community and life on mission can occur. Life on life allows for visibility and accessibility. We see each other’s lives in the everyday stuff so that people know what it looks like to follow Jesus in all of life and we can assess whether people are growing in discipleship. Life in community ensures that a disciple looks more like Jesus. One on one discipleship will lead to a disciple looking like the one who discipled them. Community discipleship will lead to disciples looking more like Jesus as he works through his body. And Life on Mission both reveals areas of life that need gospel-led repentance and faith as well equip people how to make disciples who make disciples. Missional Communities are the best structure and environment for disciple-making. (Matthew 4:19; 28:16-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; Colossians 1:28; Acts 2:42-47)


Everyday Rhythms

In order to lead people to see all of life as mission we must equip them to engage in everyday rhythms with gospel intentionality – doing what they would normally do differently in light of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Everyday rhythms are activities that humans engaged in prior to their rebellion and now are engaged in by all people everywhere on a regular basis in all parts of the world. These rhythms of life are not the result of sinful rebellion (like relational discord, suffering and death), but they have been affected by sin. We show the world what it looks like to worship God in all of life by living out these same rhythms in submission to Jesus Christ. These everyday rhythms are Eat, Listen, Story, Bless Celebrate & ReCreate (Work, Play & Rest).


Ordered Equality in Shared Ministry

Both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ. Men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to empower them for ministry in the local church and beyond. God’s intent for the church is for both men and women to be encouraged and equipped to minister and serve in accordance with the gifts He has given them. In the home, both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance with the servant leadership and sacrificial love modeled by Jesus Christ. The Elders (plural) of each local church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight, set an example of what is normative for the church and serve the church through prayer and equipping. The office of Elder is restricted to men who are an example of what a godly man looks like leading a household. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Acts 18:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7)


Missiologically, We are Committed to:


Diversity

Every team of leaders and cultural context is different. God will grant each group a unique combination of capacity, calling and gifting that suits the context he sends them to for the work he calls them to do there. Just like every family member has things in common while expressing their commonalities in unique ways, Resonate expects to see our common convictions and language expressed with great diversity. Some will look like a house church movement while others may have a very strong Sunday gathering to supplement the work of mission through missional communities. 

Resonate is part of the SOMA family of churches. To find out more about SOMA, please visit WeAreSoma.com.