what is kainos?


New. Perhaps no other word in the English language has the potential of being more powerful, hopeful, and desperately needed than this one, singular word. To many, the word “new” incites a blank slate, a return to the default, or a step forward into similarity and assimilation. But throughout the Bible, God uses this word to illustrate much more. Rather than returning to the default, God’s desire is that we powerfully push forward into something remarkable, unforgettable, and exceptional. This is “kainos”—the Greek term the Scriptures use to describe the newness of Kingdom life (Rom 6:4). This Kingdom newness tears down all that divides us and invites us into a new relationship with God, ourselves, and each other (Eph 2:14-16). It is an everlasting, never-changing, and always original newness that God provides, procures, and produces in those He calls His people (Rev 21:5).

 

Applied to the brokenness of our world, kainos authors a new hope. It resurrects the person, redeems and reconciles the people, and remedies the poor. Kainos—in it’s Spirit-authoring newness—is what our culture, communities, and cities need most. Kainos is what we envision God is bringing to the city of Lilburn.

what is a kainos community?



A kainos community is a multi-ethnic people with a new hope who are in pursuit of a new life, where the Father is the Center, Jesus is the Leader, and in whom the Spirit is pleased to dwell. It’s a place of new beginnings, where we are reordered into a new humanity in Christ, where lives are changed, and people are reconciled to God and to one another. It’s a family on mission, seeking to do justice and to walk humbly with God in the renewal of all things. Kainos communities seek to be a picture of heaven, that they might be a visible expression of a reconciled people, and therefore a powerful display to the world of the Kingdom that’s coming.

Our Community.


  • Lilburn

    Lilburn is a developing city in Southwest Gwinnett County. It is poised to rapidly develop and grow, and is currently in the midst of a development plan with nearly $90 million in assets secured and invested. Lilburn sits strategically along Hwy 29, in close proximity to I-85 and I-285, within a 20-minute drive to Atlanta and several other key regional cities. Lilburn is the most diverse community in Gwinnett County. The city proper has a total population of 12,481, while unincorporated Lilburn and its surrounding community is home to nearly 50,000 people. At last census, the ethnic breakdown of the total Lilburn area was 35% White, 22% African-American, 22% Hispanic, 17% Asian, and 4% of two or more races, all from over 33 countries. Despite its potential growth and diversity, the vast majority of Lilburn’s churches are homogeneous, absent of a younger generation, and are in decline. It is robustly pluralistic, comprised of nearly a dozen other mosques, temples or similar places of worship, and is home to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, which is said to be the largest temple in America. We believe Jesus wants to raise up a kainos community in Lilburn that loves Him, loves others, and seeks to do good.

  • Gwinnett County

    Gwinnett county has long been dubbed one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, and now has a population approaching 1 million people. It is the second largest county in the State of Georgia and is the 5th most diverse county in the United States. The bottom line is this: God has been gathering the world in our City, weaving together a beautiful tapestry of peoples, cultures, and nations. Yet despite these facts, by and large the Kingdom of God in Gwinnett does not reflect the breadth and depth of this beauty, which has resulted in a fractured and anemic witness in the midst of a broken world.

Our Vision

To be a multigenerational community intentionally living at the intersection of color, class and culture.

Our Strategy

To cultivate and catalyze a kainos community that seeks Gospel-driven change in Lilburn and the world.

Our Core Values

The Gospel, Community, Diversity, Renewal.
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Our Core Values

Prayer, Family, Generosity, Multiplication.

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Our Core Values


Gospel- The Gospel is the life-changing News that tells of what God has accomplished through the life and death of His Son. Through faith in Jesus, God gives us a new heart, a new life, and a new identity, enabling us to live with a new love. Our longing is to see the world changed by the transforming power of this News.

Community- The Gospel is the life-changing News that creates a new community, which is God’s family. In this family and by the power of His Spirit, we are striving to love God completely, ourselves correctly, and others compassionately. This new community is God’s design for reflecting and building His Kingdom, giving us a new hope in this life and in the one to come.

Renewal- The Gospel is the life-changing News that restores what is broken. Through the Gospel, God is bringing about the restoration of all things, both in the lives of individuals and in the social and cultural fabric of all of creation, therefore we have hope in a new world. As believers we want to join God in His mission to bring renewal to every sphere of life.

Diversity- The Gospel is the life-changing News that reconciles all people. We believe that all of humanity is created in God’s image, to bear His image, and to reflect His glory. Therefore, diversity is not a human construct but rather a Kingdom reality. We want to intentionally pursue the diversity of our community and champion the diversity of God’s global Kingdom.

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Our Core Cultures


Prayer- It’s not a ministry, but the ministry. It’s our lifeline, not our safety net. We want to seek God for who He is, not just what He can give. We want to seek God because we love Him, and we want to seek Him to do what only He can do. We desire to be known as a house of prayer.

Family- It’s who we are, not what we do. We are God’s household, not a social club. To be in His family means to be in close relationship with others. We want to join Him in building families and helping them flourish. We desire to be a family of grace where all people are known and accepted.

Generosity- It’s financial and relational. It’s a “both/and,” not an “either/or.” We give because of God’s grace, not because of our guilt. We give cheerfully, generously and sacrificially to see the Kingdom advance and others flourish. We desire to give much, simply because we’ve been given much.

Multiplication- It’s a way of life. It’s intentional and relational, not automatic or programmatic. We believe multiplication happens when leaders pour themselves into the lives of a few. We are convinced multiplication is not just individual but it is also corporate, and therefore believe in the sacrificial pursuit of sending long-term missionaries and planting new churches. Therefore our intent is to launch with a Church Planting Residency from the beginning.  Our desire is to intentionally train and multiply cross-cultural leaders. Our dream is plant 5 new churches in our first 10 years of life.

our strategy



Our strategy is to cultivate and catalyze a kainos community that seeks the flourishing of Lilburn and the transformation of the world. We believe that all of life is worship, and are therefore convinced our discipleship approach must be “all-of-life” oriented. To do this, we envision leading people through a life-on-life missional process that focuses on three areas: being, knowing and doing. We see these pillars as inextricably linked, each containing elements designed to make us mature and equipped followers of Jesus, enabling us to be in right relationship with God, ourselves and all of creation.

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Being- We are created in the image of God, to experience the love of God, and to be in a right relationship with Him. We believe that everything else flows out of this fundamental position as image bearers of the King. We want to be a people that emphasize being over doing; adoration over achievement; character over competency. We believe that part of “being” means learning to become spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy. Our desire is to see people come to know Jesus and to be transformed in into whole beings that fully trust and fully rest in the love of God.

Knowing- As image bearers, we believe God’s desire is that we would know Him. We want to emphasize that knowing God comes as a result of being with God. We believe God’s word is His primary means of teaching us about Himself, and that we must study Scripture to better understand God’s heart, character and will. We believe that God has uniquely gifted, wired and impassioned all people. We believe that part of helping people to know Him is helping them understand how He’s made them. We believe that knowing God and ourselves allows us to have healthy relationships with others. Our desire is to see people awakened to the knowledge of God and the unique calling of God in their lives.

Doing- As image bearers, we were created to do the work of God. We want to emphasize that doing comes as a result of being with God, knowing God, and knowing ourselves. We believe this work means joining Him in His redemptive mission through evangelism, mercy, justice, service, and local and global missions. We believe this work is relational, that God desires for us to live in community and to build and maintain healthy relationships. We believe this work also means stewarding the physical bodies He’s given us. Finally, we believe this work is vocational, that God wants us to use our gifts for His glory, and to understand the proper relationship between our faith and work. Our desire is to see people mobilized to do the work of God in every area of life.