As you are aware, we have been exploring our mission and vision in the light of the Diocesan theme: renewed and empowered through baptism to be “servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). In the November Magazine I proposed some wording for these statements, asking for further input. After discussion at both the Parish Council and Ministry Team meetings in November a few changes were made, and we will be presenting the following for formal acceptance at our Annual Vestry meeting at the end of January 2013:
Our vision: we are passionate disciples of Christ – committed, willing, disciplined, equipped – living our Faith in daily life.
Our mission is to be role-models and responsible risk-takers for Christ where we live, work and worship.
- Inclusive participation in our shared vision and mission
- Family and Youth development
- Active in Social Media
- Outreach to less advantaged communities
- Faithful stewards of our resources
- Explore the potential of a new Anglican community to the South East
“… make disciples of all nations, … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20)
We will obviously reflect further in the New Year as to the full implications of the above, but as we prepare for Annual Vestry we ask that you put these statements to prayer, and particularly in terms of our vision reflect on whether it is sufficiently challenging, futuristic and achievable for us as a Parish over the next three to five years. And most importantly, do these statements reflect God’s call on our lives at this time?