Antioch Network was
birthed in the North American Evangelical stream of Christianity in 1987. As a
result, our values and practices have been shaped significantly by the
distinctives of that movement. In recent years, however, we have sensed a
strong leading from the Lord that we would do well to learn from our brothers
and sisters in other streams of the modern global Church as well as the fathers
and mothers of the Christian faith. There is also
a growing awareness among us that as non-Jewish believers in the Messiah we have
much to learn from our Jewish brothers. We have been enriched as we learn from
Although we do not feel called to leave behind
our Evangelical roots, we earnestly desire to make Biblical and Godly
connections with others who are honoring God and the Scriptures.
In our earliest days we adopted the
Lausanne Covenant as our Statement of Faith. We continue to grow
in our desire, however, to affirm the incredible richness of our
historic faith, and so we have sought to also identify with the early church. In
order to do so we have come to value in a new and fresh way the ancient creeds
of the church... particularly the
Apostles Creed and the
Nicene Creed. (We are aware that our brothers
in the Orthodox Church have been reluctant to adopt certain aspects of the Nicene Creed due to the
historical offense when this creed was ratified. And though we do not wish to
add to that offense, we believe the creed has much to offer to the Church
today. So we wish to embrace it in humility.)
Our early years were built on two deeply
The completion of world evangelization, with a particular
emphasis on those who have not yet heard the
good news of the gospel.
2. A high value
for the local church and its God-given role in the Great Commission.
Recently, we have come to realize that there has
been a third pillar all along:
3. The pursuit
of intimacy with God, resulting in the gradual transformation of the person.
attempts to articulate the values which God was birthing in us as on
organization were written in
Our Passions. Though heavily emphasizing our
initial focus on world evangelization, these values continue to be a strong
foundation upon which we have built.
Our commitment to the original pillars of our calling has remained constant,
though we see the Lord expanding our understanding of the various activities we
undertake to fulfill the call. Today, areas of
networking are where the Lord is primarily drawing our attention.