I’ve been in post as vicarage of Holy Trinity West Bromwich for 20 months. In the first 7 months I had created a church mission statement with the PCC, so we know who we are and what we are about but since then things have stalled a bit.
Last week I attended a diocesan training day on mission action planning and the next day I went to a CPAS “Leading Edge” day. The two days together were God’s perfect provision for where we are now.
I know I struggle to think of actions but CPAS helped break down the steps in turning vision into action.
Enabling action: Turing vision into action (the right hand column contains our mission statement):
|Who are we (our identity)||Holy Trinity Church exists to…|
|What are we doing (our purpose/mission)||Glorify God
Love, accept, care and prayer for one another
Teach the next generation
Bless the people of West Bromwich
|What matters to us (values)||As we hear, believe and joyfully live out the good news and commandments of Jesus Christ together.|
|Where are we going (vision)||These are a work in progress…
To be a church of small groups
To start a small group on every street in the parish (Titus 1:5)
To have an integrated path of discipleship for young and old alike
|How do we get there? (strategy)|
|Who does what and when? (action plannng)|
|How are we doing? (review)|
The Diocesan training day gave the following Mission Action Plan format. The areas are based on my church life diagram. (The full document is 6 pages long, these are the main headers):
|Area||Action Needed||By Whom||When||Completed?|
|Ministries of Mercy|
Now that I have the tools, our eldership and I will have fun filling in the boxes. Where will God take us next? What might we achieve in the next five years? Watch this space.