Antioch Community Church
Antioch 101: Spring 2022
March 6, 2022

Antioch 101: Spring 2022

March 6, 2022

Antioch 101
Spring 2022


The Most


What is God’s Story?

The gospel literally means .

That God fully forgives our sin,
adopts us as children,

and restores us to his purpose
based on his grace alone (undeserved kindness)
by faith alone (trust/belief)

in the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone.


The Three Circles


Who Is


How Antioch Got Here

In short, the Holy Spirit.

At the end of 2017 Kevin and his wife, Alli, after years of feeling called to church planting in North America they both sensed God wanted to do something new with them after serving on staff in college ministry at a local church. So, they began praying very intentionally in January of 2018 that God would make his direction clear.

Over the course of the following months the Holy Spirit made things very clear. He wanted to see a church planted to reach UAB students and the surrounding city of Birmingham.

In fall of 2018 they began inviting members of their sending and home church, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, to pray about joining them in this work.

In January 2019 they along with a Core Team of students and families were supported and sent out from their church to begin making disciples and planting Antioch.

The Core Team gathered weekly in a home for worship, prayer, and training. They multiplied into the first three Antioch Families to begin missionally engaging our city. And began public Sunday Gatherings in September of 2019.

To God be the glory.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)


Vision | What We Long to See

To see the Kingdom of God come to Birmingham and UAB as it is in Heaven.

Kingdom of God – What  and look like when King Jesus gets his way.



Mission | How Vision Becomes Reality

To reorient lives around being with Jesus, like Jesus, and helping others do the same.

The Kingdom comes on earth through the making of disciples.

But what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus or to make someone into a disciple of Jesus?

Disciple of Jesus – One who  their entire life around being with Jesus, like Jesus, and helping others do the same.


Strategy | Specific Way We Accomplish The Mission

Multiplying Jesus-centered families on mission that share life around the table and the teachings of Jesus.

Being the church is more than gathering around a  on Sundays. Sundays are a celebration of what God is doing in our homes and lives throughout the week.


Values | Invisible Things That Shape Everything We Do

K I N G D O M   F I R S T
We are about the Kingdom of Jesus: what individuals and communities look like when King Jesus gets his way. We believe Antioch exists simply as a means to that end.

I N T E N T I O N A L   D I V E R S I T Y
We believe cultural and socioeconomic diversity is a natural outworking of the reconciling power of the gospel. But it takes intentionality to get there.

T R A N S P A R E N C Y   +   M E S S I N E S S
Jesus came to save the sick, not the well. Being honest about the real state of our lives and hearts is possible because of the cross. It is necessary to confess to find healing.

Prayer is fundamentally an act of humility. It says: We don’t have what it takes, but God, you do. It is the place where our weakness is filled with his strength.

G R A C E   +   T R U T H   B A L A N C E

Not legalism. Not license. But a balance of both grace and truth which gives room for the religious and irreligious alike to find and follow Jesus.

B E L O N G   B E F O R E   B E L I E V E
We believe it is important for people of all backgrounds, perspectives, ages, cultures, and beliefs to be able to “wander around the Kingdom.” We welcome everyone to explore faith in Jesus. Belong then Believe then Become.

W E L C O M I N G   C H A N G E
If something isn’t working, we will break it. We don’t want anything to hinder the gospel from going forth or to keep us from being a faithful church — especially our own ideas, plans, and structures.


Beliefs and Affiliations

T H E   G O S P E L
The gospel literally means “good news.” It is the good news of of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that provides sinners full and free deliverance from the penalty, power, and one day the presence of sin. We believe at the heart of all sound doctrine lies the cross of Jesus Christ. There we see the full expression of the love and grace of God meet the full expression of the justice and wrath of God.

D O CT R I N E   O F   G O D
We believe in one God eternally existing as one essence and three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, yet there is one God.

D O C T R I N E   O F   R E V E L A T I O N
God has made himself known to the world in Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, and creation.

D O C T R I N E   O F   C R E A T I O N   A N D   P R O V I D E N C E
We believe God created the world from nothing and governs all things at all times in all places.

D O C T R I N E   O F   H U M A N I T Y
We believe that all humanity is created in the image of God and possesses intrinsic dignity and worth.

D O C T R I N E   O F   S I N
We believe that by his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race, fracturing all things and leaving the world in desperate need of salvation.

D O C T R I N E   O F   S A L V A T I O N
We believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

D O C T R I N E   O F   T H E   C H U R C H
We believe the Church is the body of Christ sent into the world to shine forth for the glory of God.

D O C T R I N E   O F   R E S U R R E C T I O N   A N D   CO N S U M M A T I O N   O F   T H E   K I N G D O M   O F   G O D
We believe Jesus Christ is returning to the world in the future to judge the living and the dead.

We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Ethnos Network.


Governance | What Does Accountability Look Like

Antioch Advisory Team (Spring 2021-Apprx Fall 2022)
While Antioch continues to plant and grow we are overseen by the Antioch Advisory Team. This is team of local leaders and pastors that is in place until we establish our own plurality of internal elders. This is a governing board that consists of people both internal and external to Antioch.

While big picture vision, strategy, and day to day decision are made by Antioch staff, leaders, and members the Antioch Advisory Team is responsible for financial accountability, staff accountability, as well as providing guidance and coaching to the staff including the Pastor of Vision + Teaching.


The Antioch Advisory Team consists of:

Chad Cossiboom – Executive Pastor, Shades Mountain Baptist Church

David Parks – Antioch Member + Director of the Global Center at Beeson Divinity School

Eli Smith – Pastor, House of Miracles + Birmingham City Police Officer

Tim Wheat – Pastor of Missional Living, Shades Mountain Baptist Church

You are free to contact this team at any point with any questions or concerns regarding Antioch operations, leadership, or staff by emailing Tim Wheat at
[email protected].


Long-Term Governance (Apprx Spring 2023-Onwards)
The long-term governance of Antioch will be that of an  led and  served community of faith.

  • An elder (interchangeable with pastor or overseer) is responsible for knowing, leading, feeding, and protecting the church. They teach, oversee, and care for the church.
    • Qualifications for an elder: “[1] The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. [2] Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, [3] not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. [4] He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, [5] for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? [6] He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. [7] Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:1–7)
  • A deacon is responsible for serving the body of Christ.
    • Qualification for a deacon: “[8] Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. [9] They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

[10] And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. [11] Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. [12] Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. [13] For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:8–13)


What It Means
to Be A


What Is a Church Anyways?

Word: Ekklesia (Greek NT word for church) – literally means  of people


Image: The is the predominant image for the church in the New Testament. Jesus is the . We are the .


Takeaway 1: A church is not a . A church is not an . A church is a network of who agree to extend Jesus into the world together.


Takeaway 2: Jesus did not give his church a , he gave his mission a .


What Is a Covenant Member Anyways?

The who as a whole make up this local “ekklesia” or assembly.


A group of people who agree to extend Jesus into the world together as his .


This is why a to know who is in and who isn’t is important.


Many people will come in and out of our gatherings, but who makes up this ?


A Covenant is an  or .


Knowing Your APEST Gifting

Ephesians 4 explains that believer has been gifted by Christ himself with at least one of five specific functions of the person and work of Christ. Together we build one another up to full maturity in Christ and extend the Kingdom of God.

Apostolic These are the . Alan Hirsch, “It is the ministry that ensures that the church is always centered on its calling to be the agent and instrument of God’s mission…” Those with apostolic gifting are advancing forward by organizing and mobilizing people for mission and laying foundational DNA. They pioneer gospel movements in new places.

Prophetic These are in tune with the  as it relates to both the church and the needs outside the church. Prophets can be prompted by the Spirit to speak a particularly relevant message to an individual or to the church. They are in-tune with compassionate justice and focus on the importance of faithfulness to the covenant.

Evangelistic These are people who get the  out. They love to talk about Jesus and often have a positive response. They make the rounds with the good news of Jesus. They are often good at connecting with and attracting people.

Shepherding These are people who are focused on the  well-being. They care for the sheep and look out for them. They know everyone’s name and story. They foster connectivity and highlight the church’s purpose to be an agent of God’s healing.

Teaching These are people who are able to help people of God cultivate a distinct and clear  of who God is, who we are, and what we are to do as his people. These people instruct the church on the Christian message and correct false teaching.


Baseline Expectations of Covenant Members

1. Active and consistent participation in Sunday Gatherings and Antioch Families.

  • You are  not guests.
  • You don’t give up on one another, you  with one another.
  • You are willing to  and be
  • You can expect to hear from us if we haven’t seen you in about .


2. Serve on a Serve Team.

Jesus came to , not to be served.

Serve Teams

Sunday Gathering Set Up/Tear Down

  • Every member (except for Sound or Visual Operators) must commit to help with Set Up/Tear Down once a quarter for a total of four times a year.
  • We are a “church in a box.”

    Sunday Gathering Teams

    • Every member must commit to serve on one of the following teams twice a month:

    HOSPITALITY: Make all guests, especially first-time guest, feel welcome, answer questions, inform, encourage spiritually.

    KIDS: Help care for children through check-in, greeting, nursery, small groups (background check required).

    MUSIC: Singers and musicians to lead in Sunday Gathering.

    SECURITY: Ensure a safe environment for Antioch.

    SOUND or VISUAL OPERATORS: Assist with setting up, tearing down and running sound, slides, and live stream.


    3. Give sacrificially of time, attention, and finances.

    Why Give Financially?
    To  God in response to all he has provided and given us.
    To  in the advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus.
    To  the local church.


    Two Ways To Give

    1. Give Online at

    2. Text-To-Give is another easy and secure way to give.

    To give for the first time through Text-To-Give simply follow these instructions.

    • Step 1: Text GIVE to (205) 843-0505.
    • Step 2: Save the number in your contacts.
    • Step 3: A link will be texted to you. It will allow you to set up your account. This takes less than a minute.
    • Step 4: To give to the budget fund simply text your dollar amount to (205) 843-0505.
      For example, if you wanted to give $50 to the budget fund, you would text 50 to (205) 843-0505. That’s all. No spaces, no commas, or dollar signs necessary.
    • Step 5: To give to the missions fund simply text keyword MISSIONS and the dollar amount to the number above to give a one-time donation or set up a recurring gift.
      If you wanted to give $50 to the missions fund, you would text Missions50 to (205) 843-0505.


    Steps to Become a Member

    1. APEST Assessment
    2. Attend Antioch 101.
    3. Complete Membership Interview.
    4. Complete Serve Application.
    5. Baptism if not already baptized as a believer by immersion.
    6. Sign and Publicly Affirm Membership Covenant.

    • If you agree to the Membership Covenant you will sign the electronic copy emailed to you.
    • On Sunday, April 10, 2022 you will publicly affirm your agreement to the Membership Covenant and will be presented before the church body as Covenant Members.

    Joining by Watchcare

    • University Students can choose to join by Watchcare. This means you retain your membership at your home church.
    • You would be making a formal commitment to Antioch and us to you for your time in Birmingham while a student. You would abide by the Member Covenant while at Antioch.
    • But you would forfeit your voting rights since you would technically be a full member at your home church.


      Antioch Membership Covenant


      To Be With Jesus
      To reorient your life around abiding in Christ; taking seriously the study of God’s Word; devoting yourself to prayer and other spiritual disciplines? To live a life of worship in your school, workplace, neighborhood, and home; to honor Christ in your singleness or to demonstrate Christ and His Church in your marriage, and for those with children to lead them in the Christian faith?

      To Be Like Jesus
      To reorient your life around learning to obey all that King Jesus has commanded; in the responsibility to live the Gospel in the surrounding community; to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God; to live from your identity as a Son or Daughter of your Heavenly Father?

      To Help Others Do The Same
      To reorient your life around being active in making disciples and growing as a disciple; seeking out people who do not know Jesus through intentional relationships to display and share the Gospel; participating in global missions and going wherever God calls you? To steward your spiritual gifts for the sake of the Kingdom; identifying and engaging your apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, shepherding, or teaching function?

      To This Community of Faith
      To live a life of worship within our church community; in the sacrificial giving of your time, finances, and attention? To participate in the fellowship of this faith community; willing to confess your sins, always seeking peace, quick to reconciliation, and ready to encourage brothers and sisters in the faith? To serve within our faith community; aiding one another with a servant’s heart? To engage in accountability and discipline from the leadership of Antioch; to invite the leadership of the church into your life, that from their accountability you might seek the Lord and live faithfully in His forgiveness and restoration?

      I desire to engage in all these things, knowing that I will stumble. But with the faith and grace given to me by God I will seek to fulfill these things with his strength to his praise and glory alone.



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