OUR DREAM FOR OUR CITY AND BEYOND.
“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle around family too small”
The church is not like a family, it is a family.
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 NLT
We have a vision to be family, but as church we can't even begin to understand what it means to live as family before we understand the deep reality of what it means to be His family.
Our vision is that we would be a family of people that live like, that love like, people living in the fullness of the revelation of what it means to be Children of God.
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10
In John 17:21 Jesus prays “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”
Our vision is for a church that seeks to be His family, coming from a place of proximity with Him. A place where we are pursuing the heart of God.
We believe that all the great things we want to see; a genuine family church community that supports and loves each other, strong friendship and marriage relationships, wise parenting, children, youth and young adults that are winning in life, missions, church planting and social justice, people thriving in their callings to business, innovation, creativity, government - all the good works that are planned for us as a church family and as individuals, they will only reach the beauty and the measure of what He has planned for the masterpieces of our lives when we are pursuing Him first, and everything else flows out of that.
Imagine that church. The Family of God. The Kingdom of Heaven being lived out here upon the Earth. Now, that would change your life, the lives of those around you, and together as a family transform the city and the world.
That is a family that understands its identity, made up of people that understand their identity. Imagine a church family where every individual was discovering, unfolding and living out their identity, an identity that God planned before the foundation of the world.
In 2012 we received a prophecy. “Destiny Church Hong Kong, you will be like a harbour pouring forth the fragrance of the living God.” The person who shared this with us had no idea that in Cantonese Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbour.
Imagine with me for a moment… This harbor… It's twilight. The fishing boats are in, the lights are glowing in the windows of the taverns along the front. You can hear laughter and singing coming from them. There are many people around; some mending nets, some teaching young ones how to fish, some greeting old friends, others stocking the boats with provisions, and still others looking for new crews. There are people being comforted because of great loss suffered at sea, and there are also those preparing larger ships to sail on longer and farther adventures.
The Harbour exists for his purposes. Boats are not built to stay in the harbour, they go out into the wild ocean and then they come home again. They go to fish on the wild sea and return to the Harbour with tales of adventure, of lives truly lived. They return with wounds to be patched up, lessons learned, and great joy to see their family again before the King in his Harbour. They return to warm and glowing rooms filled with joy and laughter in the presence of their King.
The Harbour is a place of refuge, of rest, of equipping, of training, of maturing, of swapping tales, of encouraging each other, and of comforting each other.
The Harbour is a place where the weak are cared for, and the inexperienced are trained.
The Harbour is a place where community doesn’t exist for the sake of community, but out of a common goal to fish, and see the King’s name made famous.
This is our vision for Destiny Church in Hong Kong. A place of true community, working for his Glory.
Our hope is that Destiny Church would be a genuine home, a refuge, a shelter, and a place of deep joy and fellowship. We will see people enter the kingdom through the week and be brought back to the Harbour.
We will be an equipping and sending place that sees genuine transformation all over the world.
Harbours have traditionally been the launching place of great endeavours, Paul set out on his missionary journeys from a harbour, America’s founding fathers set off to the new world from harbours, Jackie Pullenger set out on her ministry journey that transformed Hong Kong from a harbour. We believe some of the greatest churches, ministries and Christian movements of the coming age will be sent out from Destiny Church Hong Kong.
Hong Kong itself is a natural harbour, it is Asia’s world city, and has a long history of being a harbour city. Traditionally, it has been a major base for sending out missionaries and we believe this heritage and legacy is set to continue. Destiny Ministries has a deep passion for church planting and seeing the transforming power of the Gospel flood the nations. Destiny Church in Hong Kong is to be a training centre for equipping and releasing church planters and missionaries.
Our vision is that in unity with the churches of Hong Kong we would see Hong Kong itself become like this metaphor of the King’s Harbour.
We see a transformed Hong Kong that shines like a star amongst the cities of the world. We see Hong Kong pouring blessings out upon the nations. We see Hong Kong, the Fragrant Harbour, filled with the fragrance of the King. And we see His Family flourishing in the city and beyond.
Our vision is to be focused UP on the King, on God. We want to be known for our waiting and worship before him. We want to be a people not growing our Kingdom, or our church brand, but sold out for growing His Kingdom, sold out for journeying into his heart, discovering more and more of him, being passionate to be hearers of his voice, and above all living in the fullness of what it means to literally be His family.
Our vision is to be focused OUT on our local communities and the world. We want to be an inclusive family, who are constantly stepping out regardless of the cost, planting churches, launching ministries, reaching those outside the Kingdom and inviting them in. We want to be a people who believe the world can be reached, to train those called to go, support those who have been sent, dream big dreams and see the world transformed.
Our vision is to be focused IN on each other, that people would experience genuine love and family. We want to be a people who love like the father loves. We want our families to be strong and flourishing in this city. And we want the way we love each other, to demonstrate the kingdom of God here on earth.