The Hallows Church is a community of people who serve Christ Jesus by serving one another, the community and the world. As such, a philosophy of gospel-driven disciple making rests at the heart of our passion and purpose. Our worship of Jesus fuels our joyful, sacrificial service to Jesus in a variety of ways.
Serving One Another
We serve one another by sharing life together. A hallmark of our ancient faith is how early Christians loved and cared for one another. Acts 2:44-45 describes the first Christians as having “all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Early Christians established a reputable presence in communities by how they cared for one another.
Serving the Community
We serve the local community by creatively and constructively seeking to care for the comprehensive needs of our neighbors (physical, spiritual, emotional, and social). As Christ followers, we desire to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our most immediate neighbors are those we cross paths with on a day-to-day basis throughout the great city of Seattle. We empower individual Christ-followers and equip missional communities to serve our home in numerous ways.
Serving the World
We serve the world by prayerfully participating in and providing support for short-, mid-, and long-term cross-culture engagement. The last command the early church received from Jesus was to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:18-20). In a sincere desire to be faithful to Jesus, we seek to engage the nations with the gospel.
Short-Term Mission Trips are taken primarily to under-reached contexts in order to strengthen existing churches. We do this by engaging people in partnership with local churches and by equipping local churches through biblical, theological and practical ministry training. We encourage members to spend 2% of their year serving Jesus in another context. In so doing, we aim to strengthen churches in under-reached contexts and to awaken a global consciousness in those who participate.
Mid-Term Mission Trips are designed for those who return from a short-term mission trip and believe God is leading them to serve for longer than two weeks. They may be sent out from our church to serve cross-culturally for up to two years. In so doing, we aim to strengthen the progress of the gospel in unreached contexts and churches in under-reached contexts, to foster the global concern of the missionaries sent out from our congregation, and to catalyze a global movement among those who remain with our congregation.
Long-Term Church Planting efforts aim at the city of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and the world. In both under-reached and unreached contexts, our primary ambition is to establish a church through the proclamation of the gospel. At that point, we turn our attention to strengthening the church to honor Christ by doing the same. In such cases, we scatter permanently throughout the world by commissioning and supporting cross-cultural disciple-makers. In so doing, we seek to magnify and to multiply the gospel through Seattle to the ends of the earth.