Statement Regarding Mission Davis
Statement Regarding Mission Davis – October 6, 2019
The vision of The Mission has been and continues to be to plant Mission Campuses in strategic regional locations to serve the 120 cities we believe we are called to influence. In September 2018 we sent Gary and Karissa Hopkins to plant Mission Davis as our first expression of that vision. Planting independent churches has never been our intention.
However, Gary and Karissa approached the Mission leadership the first week of September 2019 and requested that the Council of Elders release Mission Davis to them and their Mission Davis leadership. They expressed their desire to establish a new independent church separate from any oversight or governmental relationship with The Mission.
The Mission leadership and Council of Elders took this request to prayer and after discussing the options believed it is best for the Mission, the people of Mission Davis and the Kingdom, to release Mission Davis and its resources to the new church. These resources include the lease on the venue in Davis and the physical equipment the Davis campus has been using.
Also, as requested by the Hopkins, upon releasing Mission Davis, The Mission leadership will no longer have any oversight or governmental responsibility to the new church.
Releasing our first campus was a difficult decision, recognizing that this is not about a church entity but people we love and have invested in. Though there is grieving in this process, we do it with blessing toward Gary and Karissa and those who choose to be part of the new church they have named Encounter 319.
As part of our expression of blessing and investment in Encounter 319, the Council of Elders has released, along with the physical equipment and lease, a financial offering of $30,000.00 from The Mission. We pray that this will help in the establishment of the new work.
The Mission and Encounter 319 are not competitors or adversaries, but co-laborer’s in Kingdom advancement, and as such, we will relate to each other in that way.
Though we have as of this day officially released Mission Davis – we do not release the people from our hearts or our prayers. At The Mission we do not believe in people going – we believe in sending them to their next assignment, so we send out Gary and Karissa to follow their hearts desire and bless them in their journey.
”Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that works in you. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:19
The Mission Leadership and Council of Elders