Who We Are
OUR FOUNDATION IS JESUS
The person and work of Jesus Christ is the foundation of all that we do at Harvest. Jesus is at the centre of all creation and at the centre of our lives as Jesus-followers. We are changed by the good news (the gospel) which declares that Jesus, God the Son, lived a perfect life in our place, bore the penalty for our sin through His death on the cross, and was raised from the dead to declare victory over sin and launch God’s new Kingdom. In all that we do, we seek to have the gospel proclaimed, demonstrated and taught so that the lost are saved, the saved are matured, and the matured are multiplied.
AT HARVEST WE HAVE FOUR CONVICTIONS THAT KEEP US FOCUSED ON OUR MISSION OF GLORIFYING GOD BY MAKING DISCIPLES
- FERVENT PRAYER Prayer that is dependent on God and expectant based on his character and promises. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (ROMANS 12:12)
- PASSIONATE WORSHIP Worship that engages our deepest affections for God and expresses the truth of his faithfulness, glory, and the redemptive work of Christ. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! (PSALM 95:6)
- BOLD PREACHING Unapologetic exposition and practical application of the Word of God. Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 TIMOTHY 4:2)
- COURAGEOUS MISSION Gospel demonstration and proclamation that overcomes fear in order to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." (JOHN 20:21)
WE EXIST TO GLORIFY GOD BY CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LIFE OF KNOWING AND FOLLOWING JESUS
As a church, our mission drives everything we do, and we hope that this calling serves as an invitation to actively participate with us in the work of the Lord rather than remain a passive observer. Everything we do is about making disciples – people who are growing in knowing and following Jesus. Our obedience to this mission is the foundation of everything at Harvest. From worship services to Kids Discipleship to Life Groups, to Students and Young Adults, our chief aim is to make authentic disciples of Jesus Christ who know Him and follow Him with their whole lives.
OUR MULTI-CHURCH MODEL
WE ARE MULTI-COMMUNITY IN STRUCTURE
Harvest Church is a one family gathered in multiple community church locations. Right now, we have three local churches - Bracebridge, Huntsville, and Parry Sound. Each of these local churches has its own dedicated leadership team, but all of our leadership work together toward a single vision.
Our desire is to plant and support healthy local small-town churches by intentionally investing through leadership development, strong relational networks, shared resources and infrastructure so that our churches will actively and obediently fulfill Christ’s mandate to make disciples in their community and ultimately to the nations.
Being one large church that is made up of many community churches enables us to:
- effectively share our resources
- approach ministry as a team
- provide quality support to new congregations and their leadership core
TRULY LOCAL CONGREGATIONS
Each local church is a unique expression of the church, sent to embody the Gospel in a particular community of people. This means that each Community Church, although having the common pursuit and mission of Harvest, will have its own cultural context. Each local church is filled with people from a particular town and therefore uniquely equipped as the best missionaries for the neighbourhoods, schools, and workplaces in their community.
THE BENEFITS OF A CENTRALIZED LEADERSHIP AND BEING TOGETHER ON MISSION
Having centrally shared staff and resources frees up the local church to dedicate energy, resources, staff and volunteers to meet local needs. Central Leadership will provide support for legal and finance, communication, global missions, leadership/discipleship development and training, media and communications, Biblical Soul Care, and planting new churches.
ABIDE • COMMUNITY • MISSION
If you want to understand our mission of making disciples, you need to understand what we believe knowing and following Jesus is all about.
Jesus said, “Follow me!” When He spoke these words, he was not offering an invitation to a destination, rather it was an invitation to a new life of being reconciled to a relationship with a Person who would radically change one’s way of life.
And so, we want to connect you to a relationship with Jesus so you can know Him more and you can follow Him more closely. This happens as you respond to His call to surrender your life Him, dying to yourself, and following Him.
As we follow Jesus we see, in the New Testament, that His life was all about relationships:
1) His relationship with the Father
2) His relationship with his disciples
3) His relationship with the people who didn’t know God at all.
So, if we are to follow Jesus, we would look to follow Him in these three relationships – an abiding relationship with God, an authentic relationship in community with other Jesus followers, and an active relationship with those who don’t know Jesus as we live on mission locally and globally.
OUR LIFE AS A JESUS FOLLOWER
GOD TIME • GATHER TIME • GROUP TIME • GIVE TIME • GO TIME
In order to grow as disciples (those who know and follow Jesus), we are going to need an intentional plan. Relationships just don’t happen, rather they grow deeper and fuller as we intentionally put the work into the relationship. For us to grow in abiding with Jesus, engaging in community and living our lives on mission there needs to be an intentional plan.
We have five strategic ways that you and I can choose to invest our time that grows all three of these relationships: