Our greatest Priority
The church in America is in trouble. 80% of churches are either plateaued or in decline. Only 4% of churches are reproducing churches. The church for too long has prioritized growth, programs, and money revenue at the expense of lives who will never be challenged to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. At Illuminate, our greatest priority is creating mentors who create more mentors. Mentors are our way of saying "disciple maker." The Great Commission that Jesus gave in Matthew 28 is not just church planting. It is not just evangelism. It is to go make disciples who make disciples. Paul taught a young pastor named Timothy to find faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
As a church, we could just assumedly hope this happens as a result of "Sunday church inspiration" but we believe God has called our church to be proactive and intentional about raising up disciple makers. We believe that the mission of Jesus is all about building the Kingdom of God... not the Kingdom of Illuminate Church. It is our hope to raise up a generation of followers of Christ and church leaders who will go on to spread the gospel to more people locally and globally. We gauge success by how many disciple makers we send out from our local congregation.
Everyone's faith journey may not look the same but the same principles apply for everyone. We teach that every follower of Christ is a disciple and every disciple is a disciple maker. For some of us, we need to get connected to a trained mentor of Illuminate Church. For others, we need to receive training to become a mentor for the people God has placed in our lives. If you are a living, breathing follower of Jesus, we recommend that you get started on one of the following.
1. Connect With A Trained Mentor: Do you want to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus? Do you desire advice, accountability and specific prayer for your life? Our church is continually training individuals who have a heart and desire to take their faith journey to the next level by investing their time and energy into people like you. The goal is to walk along side of you in your life and help you realize your full potential in Christ so that you too will be able to help someone else do the same.
2. Become A Mentor: Do you have a desire to lead and help people realize their full potential in Christ? Do you want to walk people through their faith journey by investing your time and energy? If so, we would love to train you to be a mentor at Illuminate! Mentors go through months of disciplined training that includes prayer, fasting, learning to be led by the Holy Spirit, and learning how to walk people through their faith journey. The goal for every mentor is to create more mentors. This is the Great Commission given by Jesus. Mentors may have different gifts. Some are great at one on one mentoring. Others may go on become church leaders, future pastors, business leaders or may even be led to plant a church. Whatever your journey leads you in your mentoring, we want to help you every step of the way.
ready to get started?
If you would like to request a mentor or if you would like to become a mentor, we would love to hear from you. Our pastor's heart is to be faithful with the people God entrusts to us for these opportunities. If you would like to request a mentor or if you would like to become a mentor at Illuminate, please fill out the information below. We are excited that you have decided to take this next step in your life!