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A Vision always looks forward, to what can be.
 
Our Vision –To make Christ relevant to our community as we seek, serve, love and grow together as one body of Christ.
 
 

Relevance relates to presenting the gospel that appeals to families, singles, children, etc. including blending music genres that inspires worship. Our community is both inside and outside of our church, being open and hospitable. Taking the church to the people. Evangelizing, making disciples for the transformation of the world, and caring for the needs of those who can’t care for themselves. Being the arms and legs of Jesus.

 When Christ is relevant, the community will know that we are here to meet their needs. We are a light that cannot be hidden. We have good news, and good news is relevant and much needed.

True relevance is understanding culture and responding to hurts and needs with the gospel, sacrificial love, and selfless ministering. (source- Kent Shaffer)

 

Seeking God’s direction is to be a praying church. Corporate and individual prayer is necessary for growth and spiritual vitality. Seeking God’s direction so that we are relevant to our community and attractive to 21st century candidates for discipleship.

 

Serving together in love to have a cooperative spirit that is willing to work for the good of our church and

reaching our community for Christ. Serve Christ faithfully and be committed to Him. Lay Leadership and committees work for the good of the church and community.
 
Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Love vertically and then horizontally. God
loved the world so much that He sent His only Son to die for us so that we could live abundantly. Love has
everything to do with our relationship with God and with our neighbor.
 
Grow spiritually in our worship and understanding of God’s will through study. To get out of the boat…to stretch
ourselves to do and learn something different. Be willing to be uncomfortable. Growing numerically, attracting new
people and making disciples. Growing in our relationship with one another. Growing in our understanding and
embracing our differences. (Growing spiritually, numerically, socially and emotionally).
 
Priority – to grow the following areas: Worship, Education, Mission/Evangelism, Finances..
 
One body of Christ – walking in unity and recognizing that every gift that God gives matters. We should
embrace different gifts, and seek to abandon our comfort zone. A body has many parts to make a whole.
Romans 12:5 a church where everybody is somebody is one of our core values. .
Core Values
 
Everybody is Somebody Romans 12:5
1. People matter to God – and to us.
 

Luke 15 (the parables of lost things that need to be found)

Romans 12:5 we are members one of another

 
2. The Gospel message transforms peoples lives.
 
2 Corinthians 5:17(new creations in Christ)
 
3.The goal of our ministry is to transform people into fully devoted followers of Christ.
 
Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-16 -(Make disciples and equip the saints using our ministry gifts)
 
4.Ministry and evangelism must be carried out in a relevant way.
 
1 Corinthians 9:22b -(I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some)
 
5.People must be treated gently and respectfully.
 
1 Peter 3:15 (always be ready to give a defense for the hope that you have, but do it with kindness)
6. People need to be connected to a caring church community.
 
Acts 4:34-35 (we should be concerned and ensure that all in our communities basic needs are met)
 
7. Every Christian has a God-given ministry whereby they can use their gifts.
 
 
8. Everything we do must be done with excellence.
 
 
9. Our church must have an evangelistic impact on our community.
 
 
 
10. To accomplish our mission we must be willing to step out in visionary faith and take risks for God.
 
 
 
Smarter Goals for 2015 towards the vision
 

2015 SMARTER Goals   S= Specific, M= Measureable, A=Action Required, R=Responsibilities Stated, T=Timed, E=Exciting, R=Relevant

Vision – To make Christ relevant to the community as we seek, serve, love and grow together as one body of Christ
* Make worship more uplifting so people will not want to miss it – especially in Summer
 
  1. Use keyboard for music in worship, one Sunday per month (will extend into 2016) Capital campaign
  2. Install improved sound system and install video screens (will extend into 2016) Capital Campaign

 

* Make Missions more personal and relevant to our community

  1. Partner with community organizations to make our Thrift Shop available both on-demand and to a broader range of people in need. (partnered with NVCC to co-host Back to School Block Party
  2. Establish crisis response team that brings situations to the attention of the congregation in order to elicit a response to a need in the community (Missions Committee will handle)

 

Make all church areas more welcoming & inviting

  1. Replace gutters so that rain does not fall on handicapped ramp (to be completed in 2015)
  2. Improve front garden area and Heritage Wall and between Church and Parsonage (completed in 2015)
  3. Paint Narthex, including ceiling (completed in 2015)

 

* Help people understand the need for faith                      

Establish Bible Study similar to Alpha Bible Study. This is especially appropriate to reach out and encourage the local community to participate.  Revival  Bible Study began September 22, to October 27, 2015 Tuesday evenings. This was a 6 week study, Alpha is approximately one year)

* Establish Children’s Choir to sing once per month (implemented in 2015 – began Easter Sunday)