BELONG. BECOME. BEYOND. Our mission is born out of the call Jesus has given His followers to make other followers; equipping them to do the same. At Elevate, we say our mission like this, “We ELEVATE Jesus by leading every generation to BELONG to God, BECOME His people, and reach BEYOND themselves.”
We believe this is the way God is calling the community of Elevate to help people become followers of Jesus, who make followers of Jesus.
BELONG – God wants people to know they belong with Him and in His family through Jesus, no matter who they are. In Genesis, we read that there was something God called “not good” even before the first man turned his back on God…man was alone and it was not good (Genesis 2:18). Loneliness was, and continues to be, the first problem people struggle with. We all want to be fully known and know others fully, and this is what God offers to all of us through faith in Jesus (1 Corinthians 13:12). Knowing this is God’s heart, we aim to be a community where people belong – no matter who they are or what they believe.
BECOME – God calls everyone to become fully who He already says they are through faith in Jesus. God loves us right where we are, but His love transforms us as well (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Once we place our faith in Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit, who connects us relationally to God and those who have chosen to be in His family. “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6). So as we grow in our relationship with God, we also grow to become more fully mature in who God says we already are as His children.
BEYOND – God leads those who have chosen to be in His family to sacrificially reach beyond themselves, so everyone can know and experience His love. His work in our lives is never just about us. It’s about reaching those who have yet to experience His love (Luke 19:10). Jesus calls those who who choose to follow Him to sacrifice for this purpose just as He did (Matthew 16:24; Romans 12:1).