Why it’s got four arms
We chose a four armed cross to represent the four directions we want to remind ourselves to keep moving towards, these are:
Up: God and the redemptive story of the Kingdom of God.
Down: Us, as the embodiment of that Kingdom.
Right and Left: Loving others by gathering together and being missional into the world.
Why it’s not balanced
As followers of Jesus, we don't need to be perfect. We come as we are into a relationship with him, no matter who we are and how 'unbalanced' our lives might seem. And if you’ve been following Jesus for a while, you’ll probably know that sometimes things can’t be put into a nice tidy package. Sometimes multiple things need to be held and wrestled with together. We call this tension, this holding-of-multiple-things, rather than clutching to just one thing.
As a church we want to hold lots of things in tension, for example:
God is awesome and magnificent yet he also intimately dwells in us by His Spirit,
His Kingdom is here yet it’s still to come,
we are to gather in community yet we are to go and be missional in the world,
we love the Bible and all the heritage of the Church yet believe God’s Spirit freshly leads us and gifts us today for new things…
We could go on. It’s all a juggling act of holding these things in tension together, and we want our logo to remind us of that everyday.
Why it’s an X
An X has a central point. The central point we are aiming for is glorifying Jesus and making disciples who do the same with their lives, That’s the central focus in all that we are going to do.
And why “Central”?
Well, that’s for the same reason as our logo being an “X”: we want to make Jesus the central point of our existence. But also it's because we are planting in the central suburbs of Auckland City.