Our mission is to make disciples and to take the land.
Normandy is a name we believe the Lord gave to us. In short, Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and set captives free to live in joyful devotion to Him. Likewise, the Normandy invasion was also about destroying the works of an enemy and setting captives free to live in peace. The name “Normandy”, by the grace of God, will be a prophetic reminder to, and mark on, our church to be about Jesus' mission here on earth, taking the Gospel to our community and proclaiming freedom through Christ to all.
Normandy is a name rooted in history. It was the site of the of an event so massive in significance that you would be hard-pressed, 65 years later, to find someone who does not know the story of D-Day, of Normandy, and of World War II. Europe at the time was totally oppressed by an enemy. People were living and dying in fear and absolute terror. By themselves, they were utterly helpless. They needed someone with a power and force so great to come and deliver them from their enemy and set them free. Similarly, people all around us are oppressed by an enemy and in need of freedom and forgiveness. Just like us, they need a Savior. They need someone to bring them the message of the Gospel.
We do not want in any way to romanticize or downplay the realities of war in an effort to make a point. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-12, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." In light of the of the battle everyone constantly faces against the devil, and the glorious power of the Gospel to deliver each of us from our enemy, we believe that God has called us to be a church whose name is a symbol of what He wants to do in our communities: Show Christ as a savior, comforter, glorious King and the only means through which we can truly be free.
There is a reason why the WWII generation is called The Greatest Generation. They gave it all. They sacrificially lived and died so that people they didn't even know could be free. As a church, we simply want to courageously play our part and join other churches in our communities and throughout the city on the greatest mission ever given (Matthew 28:18-20). We want to infuse men and women with a vision to see our communities transformed by the love of Jesus. We intend to move forward with His love, and in a spiritual sense, possess the land around us and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1-4).
The Stats: If the Dallas-Fort Worth region were a state it would rank 17th in population, its 6.5 million residents would place it ahead of Tennessee and Missouri. Dallas-Fort Worth has a population exceeding that of North and South Dakota, Alaska, Delaware, Vermont, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia combined. From 2007-2008 the region added 400 new residents a day, and that trend is increasing yearly. By 2040, the region is projected to grow by 3,900,000, or 63%. Another estimation by the Dallas Regional Chamber suggested the population could more than double to as much as 14 million by 2040.
The Need: If the entire DFW population were to miraculously join a church, the average attendance per currently existing church each Sunday would be slightly over 3,000 people. That is sobering when we consider that only 10% of all U.S. churches have more than 350 members. Hypothetically, even if all the churches in DFW had 1,000 members, that would still leave a staggering 4.4 million people unchurched.
To give a another perspective that we can hopefully understand, around 17,000 people weekly attend two of the larger churches that we have wonderful connections with. Not only did that many people move to DFW in the past month and a half, that is only 0.25% of the entire population.
The Call: Some research suggests that the overwhelming majority of people in our city claim Christianity as their faith, but studies show that roughly 20% of people regularly attend a church of any kind. That means there could be 5 million people in our city in need of the transforming power of the Gospel. The need is vast.
His calling for us, in this generation, is the same it has always been: be faithful, be intentional, love Him with all of our hearts and lay down our lives out of love for our neighbors. Our job is to steadfastly imitate Christ over the long-haul and live powerful, authentic lives of worship transforming one community at a time.
Along with every other church in this city with a desire to honor Jesus and obediently follow him, we intend to encourage the wayward, strengthen the weary, equip new and old believers, training them to be a beacon of love and truth in hopes that our communities would see Jesus, and through our lives, He would graciously and continually seek and save that which is lost. The Church’s mission in this city is far from over.