Kingdom Culture at Antioch
The value of every individual member and the effort for unity within the body
Kingdom Culture Vision
Our desire as a church is to define more clearly God’s call for our body to emulate heaven by being a racially and ethnically diverse people that live out Kingdom Culture as a unified body. These clarity statements are not offered to appear socially conscious, nor are they offered to appease the initiatives of any group of people. They are offered to help people understand the direction of our church related to biblical Kingdom Culture. The statements also serve as accountability to our leadership to be intentional about the fulfillment of these statements. Biblical Kingdom Culture encompasses many aspects of how Christians should embrace societal concerns, but for clarity and forward movement, this statement primarily refers to racial issues.
A “Kingdom Culture church” is a Spirit-led, biblically based family of God embracing every nation, tribe, people and language, committed to worshiping Jesus and living out Kingdom values in community.
We are clearly stating that we are for Jesus Christ, His Church and His mission to the world. We are committed to engaging culture from a biblical worldview; therefore, our mission is not to align to any specific person, social trend, political party or organization but to challenge everyone in all spheres of society to live as disciples of Jesus and to apply biblical conviction in their leadership and influence. Prioritizing Jesus does not mean practicing “colorblindness” but simply means that we will honor Jesus first and then honor the uniqueness of every tribe, tongue and people among us.
Also, because of our biblical convictions, we are clearly stating that we oppose any form of human oppression toward, but not limited to, the poor, women, the unborn, the elderly, the immigrant, people of every culture and race and persons with mental, emotional, social or physical disabilities.
Kingdom Culture Values
- Church members prioritize Christian identity over any racial, cultural or political identity. 1 Peter 2:9-10
- Value is placed on every person of any race, gender and age. Value is shown in many ways, often through encouragement, honor, care, meeting one another’s needs, rejoicing and mourning with one another and advocating for one another when subject to injustice. Romans 12:9-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
- Church leaders seek God and respond to the Holy Spirit’s leadership in establishing Kingdom Culture through church leadership, church teaching and church ministries and services. Acts 13:1-3
- Church leaders equip every church member to understand and apply God’s Word when distinguishing between Kingdom Culture and societal narratives. Acts 15:1-35
- Church leaders prayerfully discern when to speak publicly about societal issues and controversies. When they do speak publicly, it is done to teach biblical perspective and declare truth. Ephesians 4:11-16
- Church members participate in cross-cultural relationships with the hope of learning to love one another and to dwell together in unity. John 13:34; John 17:20-24; Ephesians 2:14-16
- Kingdom Culture Plans (Educate, Relate, Advocate)
- Create a list of cultural resources to increase multiethnic understanding among church members.
- Resource list has been created and published to the church: Kingdom Culture Resource Guide.
- Church leadership will communicate and train the church to understand key social issues.
- Life University Course on Kingdom Culture was offered in the spring of 2023.
- Kingdom Culture Course was offered in the spring of 2022.
- Life University Course on understanding culture from a biblical worldview was offered in the fall 2021.
- Develop Kingdom Culture training resources.
- Summarized version of the Antioch Waco Kingdom Culture position paper is scheduled for release in 2023.
- Training was developed and implemented in January 2020. It was captured in video and made into a training resource and distributed to all churches in the Antioch Movement.
- The Elders have included the statement on Kingdom Culture into the church’s overall vision statement and strategy plans.
- Increase cross-cultural relationships within the body.
- Elders and pastors have actively engaged in cross-cultural relationships with church “Owners” and attenders.
- Leadership will commit to engage in diverse church relationships within the city, including pastors’ prayer gatherings.
- Several Antioch elders and pastors actively participate in prayer and dialogue with a variety of pastors across the city who represent various cultural groups.
- Antioch will look for opportunities to host cultural community events and diverse worship/prayer gatherings.
- Partnered with a local African American music producer and hosted a Gospel concert in 2022.
- Continue Antioch Come Together and DiverseCity initiatives.
- Two Kingdom Culture Community Groups are scheduled for 2023.
- First Kingdom Culture Community met February–December of 2022.
- DiverseCity gathering met from 2017–2021 before transitioning to Kingdom Culture Community initiative.
- Annual Come Together event occurred in October 2022.
- Established a new Kingdom Culture initiative in 2022 called Taste of the World, which celebrates the various ethnic cultures of the church through presentations of food, clothing and various historical elements.
- Second annual Taste of the World event occurred in May of 2023.
- Adult Pastoral Team will develop Kingdom Culture strategy for Lifegroups.
- Our vision for Kingdom Culture is being added to Antioch’s new Lifegroup leader training process, including the new Lifegroup leader website. Kingdom Culture vision is also included in the church’s Ownership Night.
- Develop feedback process for racial/cultural concerns for staff and the church.
- Feedback process is being implemented into the church’s new website as well as the website for Lifegroup leaders.
- Provide venues for Antioch people to process relational and societal challenges.
- Counseling groups were provided to staff in 2021 with follow-up discussions with senior leadership.
- Counseling groups were offered to all DiverseCity participants in 2021.
- Facilitate Antioch’s Kingdom Culture business initiative.
- Kingdom Culture Business Course was offered September of 2021.
- Develop relationships with city leaders on ways to engage key social issues in Waco.
- Church leadership participates in ongoing meetings and dialogue with the mayor, city council member and other city officials.
- Develop Antioch’s missions’ recruitment initiative to facilitate more missionaries from diverse backgrounds.
- Distributed foundation grant funds to people of color committed to international missions in 2022.
- Commit to sustained prayer and intercession for Kingdom Culture vision.
- Diversify music expression during Sunday services.
- We’re currently building relationships with African American musicians who are helping the Antioch Worship Ministry learn how to broaden our corporate services’ musical expression.
- Several Spanish singers and musicians are actively participating in the worship team and lead out in Spanish worship songs in corporate services.