In a nutshell, our vision is to see God’s Kingdom Come. Why is this our vision?
- Jesus taught us to pray ‘Your Kingdom Come’ in the only prayer He taught us to pray.
- Jesus said, ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God’ (Matt 6:33). In other words, we are to pursue it and prioritise it.
- The Kingdom comes only when the King comes – we value (above all things) His presence in us, on us, with us and among us.
- The Kingdom comes in ever greater measure as we honour the King and keep Him central to all we are and do.
- The Kingdom is the King’s domain, where God rules and reigns. It includes all of heaven and parts of earth (ie where His Spirit is).
- When His Kingdom comes, there is a greater measure of grace, mercy, faith, hope, love, joy, peace, etc (the values of the Kingdom).
- When His Kingdom comes, the lost are saved, the sick are healed, demons are cast out, the oppressed are set free and the dead are raised.
- When we worship God (Up), we are effectively proclaiming Him as Lord and King, and inviting Him to come and bring His Kingdom with Him.
- When we do life and faith together (In), we are seeking to establish a covenant community of love and honour (ie an incarnation of God’s Kingdom).
- When we make Jesus known (Out), we are praying ‘Come and lead the lost into your Kingdom’.
- We want ‘His Kingdom come in GL1’ initially – but our people live and work across the region and carry His presence and Kingdom with them.
- We also want to see God’s Kingdom Come further afield, seen through:
- People being called into full or part time Christian ministry (eg ordained ministry, mission partners).
- Church planting.
Our current goals are intended to express our vision in practical ways and give us something specific and measurable to aim for. The goals are centred on our three relationship priorities – up to God, in to one another (in the church family) and out to the world:
Worship (worshipping God)
- Continuing to pursue God’s manifest presence through corporate worship (Matt 18:20).
- Increasing the numbers of people who attend our regular prayer gatherings (Matt 18:19).
- Establishing a culture of thankfulness, seen partly (but not exclusively) through recording and reporting ever greater numbers of ‘Good News’ stories (Ps 78:4).
Wholeness (doing life and faith together)
- Continuing to develop our culture of honour and thankfulness (Rom 12:10).
- Seeing 80% of our adults as members of Life groups and generally developing an effective discipleship programme (eg courses, mentoring), so that our members grow in their faith (Heb 10:25).
- Expanding Beacon ministries (deeper prayer ministry) by training up new team members and making this ministry available to all church members (Eph 3:16-19).
- Having 90% of our adult members on a serving team and giving regularly by Standing Order (Rom 12:1).
- Expanding and improving our plant and facilities, to enable us to be a resourcing church (eg resourcing our ‘plants’).
Witness (making Jesus known)
- Seeing the number of unchurched people coming to faith increase term on term through our outreach (eg Alpha, HOTS)(1 Cor 9:22).
- As we grow, diversifying our Social Transformation ministry from just Galley, eg Caring for Ex-offenders, divorce recovery course (Matt 25:35).
- Supporting each other in our own mission fields, eg school gate, workplace, neighbourhood.
- Sending more people into full or part time Christian ministry, eg ordained ministry, mission partners (Matt 9:38).
- Planting a church (Rom 16:3-5).