We exist to see God enjoyed and His Kingdom come in Denver
and among all nations by helping followers of Jesus
multiply other followers of jesus
We believe discipleship is the life-long journey of displaying the beauty of God by joining him in his work of redemption, renewal, reconciliation, and restoration to see one another become like jesus in every way. [Isaiah 61:3-4]
Who Jesus is and what Jesus has done is the root that produces the fruit of
who we are becoming and what we are to do.
A Disciple is one who...
...has been Rescued by God's Grace
Jesus Redeems People
...is being Changed by God's Spirit
Jesus Renews Life
...has been Adopted into God's Family
Jesus Reconciles Relationships
...is Sent on God's Mission
Jesus Restores All Things
These 10 convictions, shaped by the prophetic vision of Jesus' ministry in Isaiah 61, describes what we believe should define, motivate, and maintain a life of worship, transformation, community, and mission.
Jesus rescues us by His grace
Our Aim is God’s Glory
“that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” (3b)
Our Hope is the person and work of Jesus
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (1,10)
Jesus changes us by His Spirit
Our Authority is the Word of God
“…to bring good news… to proclaim…” (1)
Our Priority is Disciple-making
that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. (3)
We prayerfully submit to the Spirit of God in humble rest and faithful obedience
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me to bring…” (1)
Jesus adopts us into His family
We Covenant together in all of life as sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters together
Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the
Lord has blessed. (9)
We open up our lives for the flourishing of our neighbors and neighborhoods
They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. (4)
Jesus sends us on His Mission
We align everything strategically for the global glory of God by pursuing unity in diversity of all people
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. (11)
We develop leaders to see the Kingdom expand and churches multiplied
but you shall be called the priests of the Lord; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God… (6)
We seek to see brokenness set right through engaging as ministers of reconciliation
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit… For I the Lord love justice;I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. (1-3, 8)
We grow as followers of Jesus and help others grow as followers of Jesus by focusing everything we do on living out 4 Rhythms of Disciple-making: Gospel, Community, Equipping, and Multiplication.
The Gospel is good news about who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for weary sinners and our broken world to restore us and all things back to God. We want to saturate our souls and our city with this good news by becoming gospel-fluent, boldly and humbly weaving the better story of Jesus into the fabric of every story we encounter until everyone and every place in our city has a relationship with someone who is enjoying Jesus.
We intentionally commit in partnership with one another in intentional relationships to consistently gather together around the Word in small group settings to use our spiritual gifts to help one another worship Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and obey Jesus in the everyday stuff of life. These communities regularly gather together corporately to celebrate God's activity and rehearse the gospel story together to be sent back out to our neighborhoods.
Our elder team focuses energy on identifying, equipping, and releasing leaders to seek to embody the Kingdom of God by ministry of faithful presence in each unique location, vocation, and recreation and to strive together for restoration in the broken and forgotten places of our city and world.
Our Church longs to be faithful to do our part as we find ourselves caught up in the grand story of the movement of God throughout history as He redeems a people for Himself from every people and place for the praise of the beauty of His grace. We believe God's design for His mission to be accomplished is through the multiplication of churches among every people group of this world. We steward our efforts, people, and finances to seeing healthy churches planted that last locally in the forgotten places of Denver and globally among unreached people groups.
Listen + Develop Team
April 2018-April 2019
Before we can develop and implement strategies we must take the posture of learner as our initial team relocates to Denver and begins to plant roots in our new city. This first year will be a lot of listening- to God, one another, other churches, and our neighbors as we begin to learn as much as we can about our new context and how the gospel speaks specifically to this particular place. Derick and the initial team will strategically align with a local church plant through partnership with The Send Network for a one year apprenticeship to learn what life and mission looks like to best engage Denver. During this year we will begin regular training meetings with our initial members who have covenanted with The Oaks to be missionaries to Denver. In these meetings we will focus on vision casting, prayer, and developing one another to be intentional neighbors in our city.
Community life + Serve our neighbors & the Nations
May 2019-December 2019
Starting in the summer we will begin to host teams from our partner churches as we begin our bi-weekly Missional Communities hosted in homes of our leaders to share life with one another, become like Jesus, and to invite our neighbors in to our family. We will also begin bi-weekly strategic outreach events in our neighborhoods and begin to develop partnerships with nonprofits in our city as well as our global strategy.
Multiplication + cultivation
January 2020-April 2020
We want to remain in a posture of surrender and trust as we listen to what the Spirit is saying and doing in our community. Our prayer is that relationships will be deepening and our missional communities multiplying. Our desire is to see these missional communities gather regularly to celebrate what God is doing in our church and our city. Our goal is to begin having monthly gatherings at the start of the New Year leading up to a more regular rhythm beginning on Easter Sunday. While we have our plans, we trust our Father to give wisdom and clarity around the timing and details of what this should look like.
For more information, please reach out at email@example.com