Our mission is to advance God’s Kingdom through reconciliation with a focus on intentional multicultural, multiethnic + intergenerational worship and engagement experiences. Ao1 aims to promote healing, inclusion, and diversity in Christ’s Church.
2 Corinthians 5 reminds us, as believers, we are commissioned as ambassadors of reconciliation. God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, has called all believers to this great commission to forgive others, spread love, and share the gospel’s redemptive message.
Reconciliation is ordered by God and is the work of every believer. Jesus said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). The divisive nature of racism, and sexism and supremacy, is a hindrance to the advancement of God’s Kingdom. These evils have rendered the body of Christ virtually ineffective and caused deep division within the Body here of Christ. Instead of reaching out to all humanity regardless of race, nation, tribe, or language, we have become divided. AO1 endeavors to connect believers of all ages, colors, cultures, gender, and denominations in heartfelt worship and service. As redeemed members of His creation, ascribing to God honor, dignity, praise, and worship is our primary objective. By obeying Him and following His commands to love Him and love others, we bring glory and honor to God.
What We Believe
God teaches us in Holy Scripture that the human race is one. Each soul is a result of God’s expressed imagination made in His infinite image. Therefore, we are all His sons and daughters.
The Kingdom’s perspective of diversity is based on two fundamental Biblical standards:
1. The Unity of ALL Humanity
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:28-29
As God’s Creation, we are ALL connected. This includes EVERY soul, nation, tribe, race, and gender.
WE ARE ONE FAMILY!
2. The Unity of God’s Church
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things were created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16
As Christian believers, we are ALL united by God’s great Love. This includes every denomination and person that recognizes Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
WE ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST JESUS!
3. The Sovereignty of God
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. – 1 Chronicles 29:11-12
Believers are called to worship Christ in Spirit and truth and glorify our enthroned God in heaven. Embracing supremacy of any kind is immoral, unjust, and does not glorify Christ. No person, place, ideology, principality, government, social construct, relationship, or power is above or can be compared to our God – Savior and Redeemer.
Through Christ, we are all reconciled back to God. We are His sons and daughters. TOGETHER we worship as brothers and sisters in Christ. He, alone, is our great reward. He alone is our audience.
WE WORSHIP THE TRUE LIVING GOD ONLY!
TOWARD RACIAL RECONCILIATION IN THE CHURCH
Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also. – 1 John 4: 20-21 NRSV
Racism is not a social issue. It is a sin issue rooted in hatred and self-righteousness. Romans 2:11 says, “There is no favoritism with God.” Believing that one race is better than another is self-righteousness. Only God’s love can combat this issue of hate with His redemptive, reckless love. Changes in the posture of the hearts of men lead to changed perspective and ultimately changed behavior. The Church must get this right. Many souls are awaiting each of us as Christian believers to get into our rightful position. The Body of Christ must lead the world by example.
Reconciliation honors God’s design and purpose for humanity. Acts 17:26 says, “From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.” It was God’s design that all of humanity be born from one man. We are the image-bearers of Christ in the earth and must be committed to reconciling people to God. Therefore, reconciliation is not a hobby or pastime, but it is essential to living out our calling fully.
Restoration and reconciliation are integral components of revival and revolution. John 13:34-35 says, “I give you a new command: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must love one another. By this, all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”
What We Do
Ao1 seeks to partner with leaders looking to prioritize reconciliation and celebrate diversity in the Church and beyond. Church communities continue to face significant challenges in applying these truths and addressing the need for a shift in perspective, changed heart and commitment to overcome and address the systemic and systematic racism, prejudice, and oppression that dominates American culture. Leading with love, Ao1 works to intentionally bring diverse believers together in worship, prayer, and service as one body in Christ.
Restoration and reconciliation are integral components of revival and revolution. Christians must be committed to reconciling people to God. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Paul tells us that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. He calls us ‘Christ’s ambassadors’ to share the message of reconciliation with others. This leads to a life of completeness and wholeness with God, with others and with creation. This is our purpose.
Changes in the posture of our hearts lead to changed perspective and behavior. The Church must get this right. Many souls are awaiting each of us as Christian believers to get into our rightful position. The Body of Christ must lead the world by example.
As God’s people, we are to love God and also to love our neighbors as ourselves. This mandate also includes sharing God’s love and serving others. Community service deepens our relationship with God and strengthens our bond as we work alongside others to help our fellow brothers and sisters. Ao1 supported initiatives include philanthropy, service experiences, and social justice initiatives. We seek a positive impact for individuals, households, communities, and unsafe or unjust systems and structures.
AO1 Worship Encounter
Ao1’s multiethnic, intergenerational Worship Encounters are an intentional time for extended worship and prayer, unifying all community parts for healing, restoration, and reconciliation. Through the partnership of various Churches, Ministries, Christian Creatives, and Christian-lead organizations, we come together with the singular focus of offering worship as one body and one voice to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Kingdom Conversations is a series of candid, real talk conversations related to the edification, restoration, + reconciliation within the body of Christ. These discussions aim to give voice to the dilemma of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the Church while planting seeds of change, restoration + hope, and calling for much-needed reforms to expand the Kingdom of God further. This series includes insightful discussions with a diverse panel of Christian leaders in the Church and marketplace, including pastors, worship leaders, influencers, social entrepreneurs, enforcement officers, athletes, and more.
Audience Of One Is About Building And Working With Diverse People And Groups To The Glory Of God. The Partnership And Support Of These Organizations And Partners Help Make Ao1 Shine:
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VaShone Huff loves Jesus. As a minister of the gospel, she spreads His love through worship, prophecy, and prayer. Her spiritual journey began in her home, where her mother introduced her to Christ as a child. Her spiritual foundation continued with Bishop R. L. McCray, Pastor of Tabernacle of David MBC, in Vallejo, CA. There she was baptized and worshipped with her family. From a young child through her early teens, VaShone participated in Sunday School, Children and Youth Ministries, Junior Usher Board, and sang in the Children’s, Junior and Mass Choirs. Through her high school and early adult years she attended First Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. Then, VaShone and her family later joined Covenant Church of Berkeley, CA led by Bishop K.R. Woods. Covenant Church is the place that still remains her church home.
VaShone’s education and training as a teacher lead her into electoral politics and community engagement, which later brought her to the east coast, where her spiritual formation took another prophetic turn and continued at Action Chapel Virginia under the leadership of Bishop Kibby Otoo. She later relocated to Texas, where she served as a member of the Shepherd’s Care and Music and Fine Arts Administrative Teams at The Potter’s House Fort Worth Campus. Her time in Virginia and Texas deepened her walk with God and the Lord called her to a life of service to Him.
Under the loving, watchful eye of her spiritual father, Elder Eric Claybon, VaShone’s ongoing encounters produced a deeper hunger and thirst for God and a call to the prophetic office, radical prayer, and intercession. From her time in God’s presence, He has given her an assignment rooted in reconciliation, restoration, and revival. The Audience of One is the manifestation of that work – that call and her radical obedience to do all that God requires. VaShone is currently attending Seminary at Azusa Pacific University (APU). She is a partner and grantee of APU’s Angeles Worship Initiative. VaShone was awarded a grant for her ministry work through the Audience of One and is a part of the 2020-21 cohort of grant recipients.
She has a deep love for souls, especially for young people, seniors, and traditionally overlooked, broken, and marginalized society. VaShone is called to expand the Kingdom of God – to be a prophetic voice in the marketplace and the church and disciple more souls for the cause of Jesus Christ. VaShone is the eldest daughter of Odis and Karen Huff and three amazing siblings and is the auntie of four beautiful nephews. VaShone is a godmom, entrepreneur, and lover of all things creative.
Audience Of One, Founder
Meet the Audience of One Team
Lauren Denise Byrd
Our Creative Team
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