614 is a network of incarnational faith communities in urban centers in several countries, who are committed to a shared vision: Rebuild, Restore, Renew (Isaiah 61:4) and a shared mission: Plans, Hope, Future (Jeremiah 29:11). We encourage, support, and resource each other as much as possible believing that we are better together.
The following six “principles” comprise a framework to help define 614.
1) Vision: Rebuild, Restore, Renew: “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” (Isaiah 61:4)
2) Mission: Plans, Hope, Future: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Worship with commitment and integrity
Preaching for all by all
Redemptive theology of salvation
Holistic mission of redemption
Prophetic engagement with culture
Passionate pursuit of justice
Commitment to lifestyle simplicity
Incarnational community life
Affirmation of all peoples equally
Rooted in mission not maintenance
4) Incarnational Ministry: 614 is predicated on relational ministry and therefore is incarnational in form and function. We “live our lives” alongside and among those whom God has called us to, following the example of Jesus: “The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14)
5) Faith Communities amongst the Urban Marginalized: 614 are faith communities intentionally among, with and by the poor and marginalized – the last, the lost, the least – primarily in urban neighborhoods.
6) Mutual Accountability: Each 614 is in relationship with other communities of the 614 network. This includes intentional cross-resourcing, open communication, sharing of information and plans and mutual accountability.