How Our Beliefs Drive our Actions

 In Blog, Connection

The weather has started to turn, kids have returned to school, and Starbucks is making it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte again. This can mean only one thing… it’s football season. A study showed that 40% of Americans spend between 6-16 hours a week watching football in the fall. Sports, in general, takes up a vast amount of time and space in most people’s lives. The drama and potential that someone will overcome impossible odds draws us in time and time again.

When you ask people about their heroes, athletes make up a significant segment of the results. But what is the ingredient that allows someone with talent and ability to emerge from the crowd and become an elite athlete?  Obviously, they have to have a ridiculous amount of natural ability and willingness to work hard. Lots of people have those two things, but they alone aren’t enough to make someone the next Lebron James or Cam Newton. I believe that an essential ingredient is belief because it drives what we do and why we do it.

When we launched aware3, we had 3 core beliefs that drove us to build a company that has helped hundreds of churches experience growth by better engaging with their people. Having spent years involved in a wonderful church, we started to notice a shift that was happening outside the church.

The world was becoming digital-first. It’s only been 18 years since Google was founded, and within 8 years of launching, ‘google’ was added to the oxford dictionary as a verb.

We found ourselves asking why it should be easier to keep track of your fantasy football team than staying connected to your church. So we set out to fix that problem. There are 4 core beliefs that have directed and driven everything we do since that day.

We believe…

Church is more than a building

‘Go’ is a central theme of our faith. We have an opportunity to extend the reach of the Church by going where people are and engaging in their everyday lives. This belief transcends a specific technology and allows us to focus on helping churches build connection and engage with members. Today, we live in a mobile-first society. Mobile technology has allowed us to integrate the various areas of our life in an organic way. We no longer have clear lines separating our personal, work, and faith lives. Church is no longer just for Sundays, and that means we need to use technology to extend the church’s reach into everyday life.

Church is better together

Transformation happens in the context of community and requires connection beyond Sunday mornings.  It is more about the depth of relationships than it is about an event we attend.  The journey of faith is both highly personal and intrinsically communal.  A significant part of spiritual growth is asking ourselves ‘What is God doing in us, through us, and among us’.  Thriving faith communities have effective, meaningful and regular connection and communication. Increasingly we develop and maintain connection using mobile technology. Often, the smartphone is the first thing we reach for in the morning and the last thing we look at before bed.  These same tools should be playing a significant role in building community within our churches and developing disciples.

Church is not a spectator sport

Church is not spiritually-themed entertainment; it is action that is driven by belief and fueled by connection.  Church shouldn’t be a noun like ‘desk’ or ‘car’; instead, it should be a verb. Church is the cause that unites us and what drives us to get to our feet.  The tools that we build are focused on mobilizing and engaging people in the work of the church. Our desire is that everyone within your church would have meaningful ways to live out the beliefs that they hold. 1 Corinthians 4:20 says “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”

These core beliefs have led aware3 toward building a company and the tools that help churches grow through member engagement. Our aim is to help change the church experience from “sit back and relax” to “lean forward and engage.”

How have the core beliefs of your church driven the ways that your community has developed and grown?