We desire to embody the way of Jesus: to love God and love people. Like a river overflowing its banks, we see the gospel of Jesus moving into our neighborhoods, transforming lives and communities. As we intentionally engage in proximity to our city, we will see the life and love of Jesus bring transformation to everyone, everywhere across Central Oregon.
We want our legacy to be greater than what any one of us could do individually. Together- we can saturate Central Oregon and beyond- by genuinely doing what Jesus has called us to do: to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves.
The gospel is transformative, expansive, Jesus-centric, and for everyone, everywhere. This gospel gives us a clear mandate to be present with people; to be by their side in their suffering and in their celebration; to meet needs and champion the lives of others. We are compelled to move outside our familiar and comfortable environments to be with and for others – all others – always.
We envision a world where the Gospel is seen and not just heard – where the Church has a reputation for abundantly and generously loving people everywhere, always. We see ourselves with a seat at the civic table, working side by side with leaders in our communities to address the greatest needs – invited to this table because the evidence of our love for others has given us a seat. The love of Jesus will become clear for many – some for the very first time – both by what we say and what we do. As culture continues to drive people apart, we entrench ourselves firmly in the middle – showing people the love of Jesus and inviting them into the family of God.
The focus of For the City is to express the true gospel of Jesus to the city by moving closer in proximity to our city and being present with the tens of thousands of people who live and work in our neighborhoods.
In planting a new church on the east side of our city, we are extending the life and love of Jesus to another part of our community in order to reach hundreds more who need to hear the gospel in proximity to where they live, work and play. We are sending a core launch team of 100 leaders and dedicated pastoral leadership to plant a church on the east side of Bend in the fall of 2019 that we believe will grow to 500 by 2021.
We are expanding our reach to Spanish-speaking families, providing an opportunity to welcome and engage a valuable part of our community that is historically underrepresented at Westside. We will build a Spanish language, culturally-bridging ministry within our church, resulting in a weekly bilingual service of 250 by the end of 2020 and continued community transformation through expanded influence in the Spanish-speaking community of Central Oregon.
We envision a world where the marginalized, the orphaned, in our culture no longer go unnoticed. Every child in Central Oregon will have family, and every family will have support and a community that cares. We will actively surround every child with family and commit to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community through at-risk family care, fostering and adoption.
As technology creates new opportunities for people to connect, we will leverage these opportunities to expand our voice from Bend to all of Central Oregon. We believe many will hear the Gospel first in their homes and in their cars, moving the ‘front door’ of our church from our building into the cloud.
We will utilize technology and media to reach everyone, everywhere in Central Oregon – so all can hear our message of the Gospel.
We will act as liaisons between God and our city, engaging with leaders in government, education, the nonprofit sector, and the marketplace standing shoulder to shoulder with them, constantly asking them the question, “How can we help?”
A new address at the heart of our city will give us a tangible expression of our commitment to live and love people where they work and play while making room for hundreds more to gather for worship, teaching and community connection. Westside will become an integral part of Bend’s culture and city life.