Our Vision and Values
The Bible tells us without a vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). Our vision is to build a relationship with Jesus, with one another, and transform our world from house to house, city to city and nation to nation. We are called by God to be an international family of churches connected through relationship; living the Kingdom – transforming our world. Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19) and He calls us to do the same. The DOVE International family is called to keep actively involved in what the Lord is doing in the world today. We desire to empower, train, and release God’s people at the grass roots level to fulfill His purposes. Jesus values people, and He has called us to see the Father working in those whom the Lord has placed in our lives.
As we pray and “watch to see what He will say” (Hab. 2:1), we find that which the Father is doing, and we can then respond and join Him in His work. We are motivated by the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
In order to contribute the most to God’s overall purpose for us, we are comitted to continuing the wholehearted pursuit of the Lord and the specific vision and calling that He has given us—to build the church with an “underground” focus in the nations of the world. This focus is fulfilled as small groups of believers, committed to the Lord and to each other – connected to local congregations and networks, and learn to pray and obey the Lord together. Simply put, these are our “roots,” and our continued focus today. You could say that the very DNA of who we are as an international family of believers in Jesus Christ today is to love Jesus, love His people and love a broken world. May Jesus Christ be honored and glorified as together we experience living the Kingdom – transforming our world!
To build a relationship with Jesus, with one another, and transform our world from house to house, city to city, nation to nation.
Prayer, discipleship and evangelism
Our mission is to exalt Jesus Christ as Lord, obey His Word, and to encourage and equip each believer for the work of ministry. This mission will essentially be accomplished by the threefold mandate God has given us: prayer, evangelism and discipleship.
Prayer In prayer we worship God; we bring our needs and the needs of the world to Him, and we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us, to empower us and to reveal to us His specific strategies for fulfilling the Great Commission.
Discipleship Engaging in discipleship, we build relationship with and care for one another, training each other in godliness and good works, so that we would all be mature disciples engaged in the threefold mission of prayer, discipleship and evangelism. Discipleship thus becomes ongoing, as those who have been trained, in turn, train and disciple others.
Evangelism Through evangelism we seek to make known the glory of God and the name of Christ through verbal proclamation, publishing, the arts, acts of compassion and service, both to our own neighbors and cities, and also by going to the peoples of the world in cross-cultural mission. We desire to see children, youth and adults come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, the un-evangelized hear the good news and churches planted in all nations.
We engage in this mission in humility, with dependence on God, and in cooperation with all brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, working for unity in all that we do.
All values and guiding principles for the DOVE International family must be rooted in the scriptures (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Tim. 2:15).
DOVE is an acronym: Declaring Our Victory Emmanuel (God with us).