St. Luke’s Aim Statement Explained
Our Aim: To be a prayerful, bible-based, united church, serving Jesus Christ together in mission.
The urgent need of the church is prayer. We seek, therefore, to pray as individuals, small groups and as a whole church for all people, the ministry at St. Luke’s and for the spread of the gospel of Christ.
It is through the teaching of God’s word in the power of His Spirit that we come to know God, are transformed and built up as His people,, and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. Expository bible teaching is therefore central to the ministry at St. Luke’s. We do this in different settings to encourage people to live as Christians ought.
As the word is taught faithfully, the gospel of Jesus Christ creates unity. Attempts to unite around anyone or anything apart from Christ is idolatry and will cause disunity. We seek to make God’s word available to people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicity, gender and spiritual maturity.
Serving Jesus Christ Together
The church pays some people to organise church life, but all of God’s people are called to serve Jesus Christ by serving one another. We therefore encourage every member of St. Luke’s to serve in some way. The Holy Spirit gives different people different gifts which we aim to recognise in people and then equip them to serve. When we use these gifts together the church becomes effective in works of service and in mission.
Mission is at the heart of God’s eternal purposes. We therefore aim to steward our resources towards ministries which are growing the church. In particular, we aim to find new and imaginative ways to take the joy and hope of the gospel out into the community of Blakenhall and beyond, so that those we get to know can hear and respond to God’s love in Christ where they are. We want to have strong links with the staff, pupils and parents of our church school.