Westward Ho! Baptist Church Vision & Invitation
WHBC invites you to Follow Jesus, Share the Journey & Make a Difference
We believe that Jesus is really clear about the purpose of his church. He says it is to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-19).
If disciple-making is Jesus’s priority for his church, then we think it should be ours, too.
What is a disciple? It’s someone who follows Jesus and it’s the journey of a life-time.
Share The Journey
We invite you to join us on this journey. We see it as a journey with four key aspects:
Belong: be part of the church family – but don’t just belong…
Believe: rely on Jesus and what he’s done for you on the cross – but don’t stop at that...
Become: grow spiritually into the person God made you to be – but don’t just grow…
Build: take good news to this beautiful but broken world.
We can see these four Bs in what Jesus says when he calls his first disciples –
“Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people” (Matthew 4:20).
‘Come’ is a call to Belong (See also John 1:39)
‘Follow me’ is an invitation to Believe in Jesus and Become like him
‘I will send you out’ is an invitation to Build for the Kingdom of God
Make a Difference
Our desire is to make a difference near and far through our words and actions, and to help others to follow the Jesus who we have found to be so life-transforming.
Our four areas of focus are:
• Mission on our personal ‘front-lines,’ by being salt and light in the place where we spend most time interacting with people outside of church
• Mission that builds up our church, by making disciples
• Mission that reaches out to the local area, by being a blessing
• Mission that engages with the global front-lines, by strategic support of missionaries and mission projects
We encourage one another to keep taking small steps forward on this journey – and we invite you to join us!