We completed the process of discerning God’s will and purpose for Holy Trinity church last night at church council. This process began in September and involved the PCC and congregation in thinking about the sentence: “Holy Trinity church exists to…”
We had a mission setting day two weeks ago and the feedback from that session shaped the first draft of the vision statement I had produced. Last night we ratified this:
Holy Trinity Church exists to…
People are made by God for God’s glory.
We glorify God by looking to him, knowing him, loving him and enjoying him. We therefore aim to grow together in the knowledge and love of God by prayerfully reading and studying all of God’s word together in the light, power and fellowship of His Holy Spirit.
Love, accept, care and pray for one another
Sin divides people and makes it hard for us to live with each other. As believers, however, we are united by God because of his undeserved kindness to us. We therefore aim to love, accept, care and pray for one another, not because we are lovable but because Christ first loved us by dying for our sin.
Teach the next generation
The next generation depends on this generation for the direction they need. We therefore aim to teach our children and new believers about Jesus and to model godly love, faith, wisdom and obedience, at home and in school, at church and in the community.
Bless the people of West Bromwich
God has promised that his family will be a blessing to the world. We therefore aim to be God’s blessing to our local community, in West Bromwich and beyond by being good neighbours and multiplying our ministries.
as we hear, believe and joyfully live out the good news and commandments of Jesus Christ together.
True faith and joy come by hearing and believing the good news of Christ. Obedience to him flows out of love for him. We therefore aim to continually hear, believe and joyfully live out the good news and commandments of Jesus Christ together.
I’ll blog on the three sessions at the weekend away and the PCC for anyone interested in how we arrived at consensus.