Mission of the Church: To Make Disciples
Purpose: The purpose of the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod is to lead:
- Faith-growing communities
for the sake of the world.
Four Core Convictions
- Spirituality: We will respond to the urgency in our community for deepening faith and spirituality.
- Hospitality: Our synod and its congregations will embody radical hospitality.
- Leaders will teach, preach, and lead with boldness.
- We will work to ensure mission-driven structures with governance and operational practices that maintain transparency and accountability.
- Following Jesus ‐ Mark 1:17; Mark 8:31-38; Hebrews 12:1-2 Jesus’ calling – the calling of our Baptism – is to follow him. We journey wherever he may lead us.
- Walking Together – Mark 10:28-31; Luke 24:13-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 The journey with Jesus is always a journey with other followers. Only with other followers can we discern where Jesus is leading us.
- Making Disciples ‐ Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 17:16-34 We always invite others into Jesus’ journey. Together we share what we are learning and experiencing along the way.
- Speaking the Truth in Love ‐ John 4:1-42; Galatians 6:1-10; Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 4:31-32 We are open and honest with ourselves and our travel companions. This keeps us from losing each other and the way.
- Maturing Theologically ‐ Ephesians 4:14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 The landscape of Jesus’ journey is always new. Together we seek to understand and interpret the ever changing terrain.
- Growing Passionate Leadership ‐ Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 Peter 5:1-4 Some are called to provide direction and inspiration along the way. They must always be prepared for the road ahead.
- Welcoming Everyone – Mark 7:24-30; Acts 8:26-40; Romans 15:7 We want all people – no exceptions – to travel with us. The journey belongs to Jesus, not us.
- Accompanying the Poor – Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 1:46-55 Following Jesus brings us to those in need. His way is always across our borders and among the disenfranchised.
As it is, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you.”
~ 1 Corinthians 12:20-22a