Mission

In many ways, we are a “fruit” of Ransomed Heart Ministries out of Colorado Springs, CO and share their desires to advance the Kingdom in the following ways:

Go the Distance Ministries is a Discipleship and Counseling Initiative helping wounded and hurting people find healing for their broken heart, freedom from their bondage and restoration to their lives.   We also act as an outpost that provides essential equipment and provisions for Life—a place for men and women to come for events, resources, information and tools to walk with God.

We do this through focused retreat weekends, outdoor adventure trips based on intentional teaching and guidance on Christ-centered, spiritual maturity.

Further, we believe in teaching fathers to give their son a rite of passage into a true and healthy manhood.

Finally, as part of the services we offer at no charge (donation encouraged) one-on-one mentoring based on the Life of the Heart.

In this way, our mission is discipleship at a pure level. As we teach men and fathers to walk with God in all aspects and relationships of their lives, and teach them to lead their children to walk with God, it is fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus within their own families. (see Matthew 28:19)

Vision and Hope

To change the face of Christianity.

Core Values

(Go the Distance Ministries shares the same values as Ransomed Heart Ministries, of Colorado Springs, CO)

Clarity of Mission

There is so much to be done. It’s a given that we can’t do it all. (This will, no doubt, disappoint some who expect more from us.) But we know what our part, our role/mission is, and upon that we focus our resources and plans (Because of our clarity and focus, we refuse to be or do that which is someone else’s mission in the Body).

We are a message-centered ministry. That message is about the restoration of the heart–walking with God, from a ransomed heart, in the Larger Story as men (and women at a later date).

Irreversible Change

Our events, resources, and ministry decisions have the goal of irreversible change. It’s not education, though that certainly happens, it’s not inspiration, though that may be a result; it’s not encouragement, though we hope it happens. . . . It’s irreversible change–transformation of hearts and lives.

Walk with God–Follow the Wild Goose

Early Celtic believers referred to the Holy Spirit as the Wild Goose, a name rightly describing the unfettered, free, and wild nature of God [John 3:8]. We submit our decisions to God and listen for His affirmation or counter-intuitive direction.

Forced Growth by God

As a ministry/organization we resist growing. We don’t want to be big, manage regional offices, and have a legion of employees, a large building, multiple departments, and an overhead that enslaves us. We would rather see others catch the vision and carry it into their world as they walk with God. We will grow as God forces us to grow.

Stay Small/Tribal–Fluid

A popular leadership book entitled From Barbarians to Bureaucrats captures a bit of our fear. There are plenty of bureaucrats! We want our focus to be our mission, not the organization. We plan to remain small, mobile, flexible, and intimate. . . tribal.

Crawl, Walk, Run

We view our development as an organization in stages: crawl, walk, and run. This assumes a progression over time that requires patience, anticipation, and dreaming/planning/hoping. We are not, now, all that we will be.

Shared Leadership

Instead of a hierarchy, Go the Distance is led by a community of leaders sharing their gifts, perspectives, and the weight of their lives in a unified voice and direction.

We Live And Work With The Deep Belief That Our Hearts Are Good

We are a New Covenant ministry that believes God’s promise to “take away our heart of stone” and to “give us a new heart” has been accomplished by the work of Jesus Christ. We have good hearts. We appeal to the deepest and truest parts of one’s being, believing that as a Christian our deepest and truest desires are for that which is true, honorable, holy, pure, and beautiful. (For more on this we suggest you read chapters 4 & 5 of Waking The Dead by John Eldredge).

Care For Our Own Heart (not sacrifice our own heart for the ministry)

We will care for our hearts and those of our family. We may say “no” to a genuine opportunity, believing it is necessary for our own intimate relationship with Christ, for those we love most, and for real life to flow from us. We want to give from abundance in Christ, not out of our desperation.

Operate By Both Wisdom And Revelation

We live and work using the wisdom we’ve gained and listening to God, who at times may guide us in counter-intuitive directions.

“. . . Choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” (Acts 6:3).

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17)

Humility, Love, and Forgiveness

All we have has been given to us as a gift from God… we remember this and pray that all our dealings with people, whether they be for us or against us, would be marked by genuine humility, love, and forgiveness.

For those needing/desiring a few more thoughts…

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only, infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe in the One True God, The Sovereign, eternal Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternally existent in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe God created mankind in His image. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God; the image of God in man was distorted; mankind became subject to the power of the devil; and the sinful nature was passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin, unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind’s pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that when a person exercises saving faith in Christ he passes, immediately, out of spiritual death into spiritual life and from the old creation into the new, a new nature and a new heart imparted; being justified freely by grace, he is accepted before the Father as Christ, His Son, is accepted and loved as Christ is loved–having his place and portion linked to Christ and one with Christ – forever.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost–they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.