Novum: A Vision for All Things Made New

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7

“Wherever you are, God has already sent you there. He is the God who sends. And wherever you go, he longs to make all things new.”

 

That’s how I closed out our three previous blog posts unveiling the foundational framework for everything that we do at Novum. We see everything through the lens of a God who gathers, renews, and sends because this is the God revealed in the grand biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation. If we understand God, his mission, and his people’s mission in this way, we find a significant problem.

 

We seem to be waiting for God to send us, not realizing he already has.

The Problem

What do I mean by that? Consider the following:

 

Among those aged 18–29 years old who attended church as a youth . . . 75% did not learn to view their gifts and passions as part of God's calling and 87% did not learn how the Bible applies to their field or interest area.
David Kinnaman, You Lost Me

 

It should be no surprise, then, that this is now the case:

 

Most people think Jesus was a pretty good guy, but they don't believe his teaching has made much of an impact on modern society. Large proportions of the population, even Christians, believe our faith has had little or no impact on art, culture, personal well-being, politics, community cohesion, charitable behavior, and provision of community services.
Gabe Lyons, Good Faith

 

Or that in-depth research into more than 1,000 churches revealed this:

 

[Those who are Christ-Centered] have the potential of doing truly magnificent things for Christ. They are not unwilling. They are simply uninspired and unmotivated.
Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson, Move

 

See what I mean? We seem to be waiting for God to send us, not realizing that he already has. Would this be the case if we were actively participating in God gathering, renewing, and sending us? 

Vision

At Novum, we simply want to equip others to participate in what God is already doing to gather, renew, and send his people in order to change the story that we are currently living as his people and live a new story God is calling us to.

 

Novum’s vision is to see God gathering, renewing, and sending men and women to cultivate new creation.

 

We want work with you where you are gathered and where you are sent. Our desire is to walk alongside ministry leaders so that you can lead a ministry where everyone involved can gain a greater understanding for how their gifts and passions are part of God’s calling and how the biblical story can equip them to be faithful to that calling. Our desire is also to walk alongside you as an accountant, an investment banker, a mom or dad, teacher, student, chemical engineer, plumber, salesman, or CEO so that you can gain a vision for how your calling and job description can further God’s mission. In short we want to see people sending when gathered and gathering when sent. If we can do this for the people God gives us to serve, then we believe that working together we can significantly change the statistics above.

But how?

Mission

We believe human vocation needs to be reframed. The most basic understanding of human vocation is that we are created to rule and reign over creation. This is what it means to be created in the image of God. But we rule not as those who own the creation entrusted to us, but as those called to steward God’s creation well. We are the tenants; he is the landlord.

 

We use the verb “reframe” because it’s not as though we’ve been getting it completely wrong. It’s more so the case that we haven’t understood our callings within the full scope or comprehensive framework of the biblical story. Or maybe it's that we haven’t understood how to live in light of the biblical story. We haven’t really grappled with the fact that the gospel presents us with far more than a personal savior. The gospel is as wide as creation. And while there’s been good work in understanding who we are in light of creation in Genesis, we haven’t really wrestled with understanding who we are in light of the new creation in Revelation. So, we believe we need to reframe the story of human vocation in light of where God is going, not simply where we have been.

 

Thus, Novum’s mission is to reframe human vocation in light of God’s mission to make all things new.

 

If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation and God has designed you to help new creation emerge wherever you go. We can help you do that by reframing your vocation in light of God’s mission to make all things new through you. We seek to accomplish this mission by consulting with local ministries, non-profits, and cohorts gathered across the country.

Join Us

We realize that this may seem quite vague. Such is the nature of consulting. So over the next few weeks we invite you to listen to the stories of those impacted by our ministry. We pray this will bring clarity to what God is doing through us and invite you to join us. If you would like to join what God is doing through us, then please let us know. We would love to serve you and help you cultivate new creation where you are and live a new story. Why?

 

Because wherever you are, God has already sent you there. He is the God who sends. And wherever you go, he longs to make all things new.

 

 

 

 

Mark Catlin