Abbey, Church, Chapel?

Mission 368 consists of three unique expressions of the local church:

A Mission Abbey is an expression of the local church that serves as a regional hub for mission and apostolic work. It possesses all the characteristics of a Mission Church, but in addition, serves as a catalyst for leadership development and church planting. The Abbey is led by the Leadership Community under the direction and care of the Abbot.

The Abbot, derived from the word for “father,” is the head of an Abbey and spiritual "father" to a family of churches and their leaders. He leads the vision, oversees the mission and apostolic work of a particular area, and cultivates the Gospel ecosystem throughout a city or region.

The Pastor of an Abbey is a spiritual shepherd who nourishes, protects, and guides the people of God, and an elder, who assists the Abbot in providing spiritual oversight for the Abbey. Additionally, he assists in the governance of the Abbey and functions effectively as the Abbot's second-in-charge.

A Mission Church is a self-governing Gospel community making disciples and worshipping together among a specific people group in a designated area. A Mission Church is led by a Pastor with the help of a Leadership Team(s). The Pastor of a Mission Church is a spiritual shepherd who nourishes, protects, and guides the people of God, and an elder, who provides spiritual oversight for the local expression of the church.

A Mission Chapel is an extended expression of the Abbey cultivating a Gospel community making disciples and worshipping together among a specific people group in a designated area. A Chapel is led by a Chaplain (or Pastor) with the help of a Chapel Team under the oversight and direction of the Abbot. The Chaplain is an elder commissioned by the Abbot to pioneer a new apostolic work within the missional demographic of the Abbey. He is a spiritual shepherd who nourishes, protects, and guides the people of the Chapel. A Chaplain is spiritually submitted to the Abbot, and the governance of a Chapel is vested in the Abbey Council.

The Abbey Council serves among and within the Mission Abbey (Grace), Churches, Chapels, and Works by: providing biblical eldership, overseeing properties and finances, facilitating humble collaboration throughout the Gospel ecosystem of the San Antonio region, and being the liaison between Grace and our missional partners and alliances. The Abbey Council consists of recognized Kingdom leaders who demonstrate the qualities and qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They meet together regularly for fellowship, study, prayer, and oversight.

Together, the Abbey and its family of Churches and Chapels take spiritual responsibility for a particular missional territory. This is the heart of Mission 368.

(In case you didn’t make the connection, Broadway Road is also called Loop 368).