Vision Statement - October 2017
As God's Family, we are living to bring the Love of Jesus to everyone we meet; so that all generations have the hope and peace of knowing Him, as we welcome everyone home into our Church family.
JESUS + HOPE + FAMILY = HOME
The Image behind the Vision
Using the imageof a vibrant and healthy family, we see the various aspects of life together that makes for the growth and expansion of a family and apply it to our vision for the future. Notice that in flourishing families, there is a focus on the growth and preparation of kids, as well as the contributions of all for the good of the whole family. It all applies to life as a church.
In a healthy, vibrant and growing family, what do you see happening?
You see children nurtured with an intentional plan – education, discipline, encouragement – and so that they will grow. This leads to children entering the world and serving others, yet still connected as members of the family. All elements contribute to building up and expanding the Family. Healthy families grow and expand. Friends are made, spouses are welcomed, and babies born. The family grows and flourishes. Older members mentor the young, sharing their wisdom and experience. The young care for those who cared for them. Adults also take care of their own well-being, so they might be able to care for those in need.
A God-directed family is also not centered on itself. Members consider their neighbors who may need help and connect to those people to provide help when it is needed. They treat people in their lives as part of their family. And so, if life becomes difficult for a friend, they are there to support them. Healthy families take in people who must face difficult situations. Maybe it’s one of their children’s friends whose broken home no longer can provide for them; so they open up their home. I have seen this happen many times and the friends always say that their felt a part of that family, even though it wasn't the family they were born into. We can be a home for the disconnected and for those who are alone. Our families can be safe havens for those hurting.
Education is essential to a healthy family and everyone is constantly learning. Learning leads to understanding which enlightens them their part in something bigger. What they learn allows them to serve others. The young grow, learn to lead and serve, which constantly reminds them that they are children of God. This is the heart and soul of the vision statement above.
Below are suggested next steps that reflect our new vision statement. These are items we can act on as we go into the next phase of strategic planning to make our vision come to life.
U Overall flow of discipleship – Clearly expressing expectations for growth and maturity. Encouraging all ages to take advantage of opportunities to grow in Biblical knowledge and fellowship to understand what it means to follow Jesus. This could involve mentoring or coaching, where people learn to follow Jesus by spending time with someone who does this well. The focus here is learning from real life experiences.
U Kids - youth - young adult/family ministry – An opportunity for additional staff to coordinate and support this area ensuring this critical part of our community is connected and growing. We can also encourage older members to spend time with young people and their families outside of Sunday Morning. It’s about communicating to the younger generations that they are not only welcome, but are an important and vital part of the family.
U Missional Groups – This is connected to our discipleship flow and family ministry as well as fellowship. These could be geographic groups, or special life situation groups, that can support one another. These groups would do life together, grow in the Word, and reach out to others as a mission group. This keeps us strong and focused on Christ’s mission to make disciples of all nations. Focus here is building healthy relationships that are rooted in Jesus’ Love.
U Nontraditional worship – Maybe additional staff - provides a time in our Sunday Morning worship schedule for those who resonate with a more non-traditional approach to a worship service. Not about entertaining, but about connecting with folks.
U Leadership development/empowerment – Intentionally developing leadership skills in both existing and new members as well as developing them as a spiritual team that shares a common understanding of our members and mission. This could be in the area of teaching, visiting, serving as council member or elder, etc.
U Intentionally connect church and school – We have a great relationship between church and school. This would involve looking was to intentionally serve our school families. For instance, we could have a kids night to allow parents free time for themselves; something that says that we are here for them.
U Technology in worship – Looking into the possibility of integrating multimedia elements into the worship experience. This is not about entertainment, but about better connecting worshipers with the message.
U Online/video technology – We need dedicated equipment to support our online presence make this a permanent part of our weekly outreach. Currently all equipment is personal devices that are used.
U Visitor follow up – Implement a process for systematically following up with visitors to strengthen a connection with them and know when they need help. This could work well with Missional Groups as a place where people could feel accepted and a part of who we are as a Church.
U Look at current facilities – Look at our current facilities through the lens of someone new. What needs updating? While the facility is not our primary focus, yet we want it to reflect our love for God. Facilities should be functional and enhance people’s experience when in the building. Our building is used by many different groups. We want to give them a useful and wholesome environment in which to meet.