"To be mature and equipped followers of Jesus,
empowered by the Holy Spirit,
who make even more followers of Jesus
— until He returns!"
Our Membership Vision links together Southside's identity (who we are) and activities (what we do because of who we are) into a movement for and discipleship and missions.
A DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY & MEMBERSHIP MOVEMENT
As a body of members, we move together through a simple process called a DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY or MEMBERSHIP MOVEMENT that balances GATHERING (our Inflow through Large & Small Groups) and GIVING (our Outflow through Ministry & Mission).
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:23-25, ESV)
Step 1 in Southside's Discipleship Pathway & Membership Movement: Gathering with the saints in the worship of God as a congregation (Hebrews 10:23-25). Before doing anything else, Southside requires faithfulness to Large Group Gatherings. This is the starting place!
Step 2 in Southside's Discipleship Pathway & Membership Movement: Gathering with the saints in small group community. Small groups are "ministry incubators" affording you depth in relationships & study, accountability and a place to discover your spiritual gift through practice (Hebrews 10:23-25).
"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:6-8, ESV)
Step 3 in Southside's Discipleship Pathway & Membership Movement: Giving to the Lord and His Church through the work of ministry. Ministry is a work performed by the saints with an INWARD focus on serving the body of Christ one to another and building up the faith of His Church. Ministry gives in any and all ways with time, money, devotion and service unto the Lord (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
Step 4 in Southside's Discipleship Pathway & Membership Movement: Giving to the Lord and His Church through missions. Mission is a work performed by the saints with an OUTWARD focus on saving the lost through witnessing and proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. In Mission we give in any and all ways with time, money, sending and going unto the Lord (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
Movement is assumed in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). When the Church as one body goes out on mission, exercising spiritual gifts and service in ministry to build up the saints and evangelize the lost, then small groups are formed that become larger groups of disciples.