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Understanding Netzer


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Understanding Netzer


 

NETZER: REGIONAL EXPRESSIONs OF THE CHURCH
articulated through three initiatives

 

CHURCH FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Gathering Leaders Into Cohorts
Fostering Environments of Camaraderie & Collaboration
Praying For & Supporting One Another
Building Trust Among Leaders
Establishing Common Lines Across the Region
Mentoring Leaders & Leadership Couples


ONE CHURCH INITIATIVES

Facilitating Regional Prayer and Worship Gatherings
Growing More Efficient Together
Warring Against a Consumeristic Worldview
Walking Out The Oneness of Covenant
Regional Leadership Co-Ops
Inter-Church Regional Youth Groups


EQUIPPING THE CHURCH

Sponsoring Conference Events
Offering Oversight (Covenantal Connections )
Engaging Presence Based Discernment
Teaching & Training
Casting Vision
Enabling Core Change Process
Supporting Local Church Leadership

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Core Principles


Core Principles


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Prayer

We originate from a God-given ache to know Him more deeply and to see our world come spiritually awake to His presence. We believe this starts with reformation in His church and renewal in the hearts of His people. In line with Jesus' prayer for his followers to become one with Him and each other in John 17, our ache emerges among us as a common prayer. It is a spiritual groaning (Rom 8), for God's children to rise up in Him and to come together as His living temple (1 Peter 2). 


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Confession

This prayer comes with a God-given, scripture-birthed belief that there is truly only one church (Eph 4). The LORD is one and cannot be divided. We lay hold to the truth that we are one in Him. We don’t fully know how that is possible today. But we wait and hope for the new growth of this oneness in our generation. “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent.” (John 6). We believe that Jesus is truly able to make us one in Him.


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Community

 In light of this belief and with this common prayer we seek to gather, as one Church in Christ. Knowing that the individual parts of the body of Christ are only as helpful as the ligaments that bind them together, our first priorities are to worship Him together and to bless one another. Like band musicians listening to the other instruments more than their own in order to form beautiful harmony, we come together as church leaders across our regions listening to God together and caring for the well being of one another. We desire to be beautifully diverse congregations and a gloriously unified Church. In this way we believe that we offer the people we serve our most valuable contribution: honest, broken and prayerful modeling of the call of a member of Jesus' covenant and community.  We believe that this is the practice of what we preach and the display of what we offer. This is church leaders being the church.

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Vision


Vision


We DESIRE

to see churches and ministries
       formed on foundations of prayer, Word, and worship
to see leaders thriving in their ministry environments
to hear of great exploits for the Kingdom of God
to experience leaders and churches
       living in their God-given design and calling

to help leaders solidify their spiritual foundations
to hear and communicate the Word of God
       through the power of the Holy Spirit
to rest in unity of the Spirit in bond of peace
to move at the same pace as God

to see change be life-giving
to connect leaders regionally
       for mutual care and support of one another
to assist in leaders listening with love to one another
to see the beauty of Bride of Christ increase in our land

We BELIEVE

In God the Father Almighty
maker of heaven and earth.
In Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
born of the virgin Mary
suffered under Pontius Pilate
was crucified, dead and buried
The third day He rose from the dead
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty
from thence He shall come to judge
the quick and the dead.
In the Holy Spirit
the holy catholic church
the communion of the saints
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrections of the body
and the life everlasting.
AMEN.


Being that Netzer is a movement and a prayer toward our singular identity in Christ as One Church, the aim is not to highlight our theological differences. The rich nuances and apparent tensions between theological perspectives within the Church help stretch us to each explore the Scriptures again and to experience Christ in new ways.

Our goal is not to emphasize those tensions, but first to grow in embracing our shared faith in our Father, Savior and Guide. The Apostles Creed stated above is by no means an exhaustive statement of the faith and doctrines of those connected to Netzer. It is simply an entry point into the discussion and community. The following are also shared theological threads that serve as foundations for the community: 

THE TRIUNE GOD, THE AUTHORITATIVE WORD, THE ATONING DEATH, THE LIFE-GIVING RESURRECTION, THE GLOBAL CHURCH, THE GREAT COMMANDMENT, THE GREAT COMMISSION, THE POWER OF PRAYER, SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION.