In seeking a vision for GBC until 2020, our Leadership Team and others explored took the following passage as our scriptural focus:
Jeremiah 29:5-7 (NLT)
5 “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6 Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! 7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
We examined five areas of church life based around our core value of Love God, Love Each Other and Make Disciples, which during 2016 we had sharpened our understanding of Going Deeper in Worship (Love God), Being Happier in Community (Love Each Other) and Being Bolder in Testimony, Clearer in Society and Younger in Age (Make Disciples). We also reflected on the initial results of the survey conducted by Joe Warton on whole-life issues at GBC.
1. Love God: Going Deeper in Worship
By 2020, we will have a greater understanding of what it means to worship God authentically and creatively, and we will actively participate in this worship both together and when we are apart. Read more about this. Download Study Materials about Worship
2. Love One Another: Happier in Christian Community
By 2020, GBC will be a place where everyone can be involved and is affirmed for who they are and for what they do and where contributions are valued and appreciated. Read more about this. Download Study Material on Christian Community.
3. Make Disciples: Younger in age
By 2020, GBC will be a place where everyone belongs whatever age or stage in life they are at, supported by peers and other ages, valued, participating, and growing as disciples together. Read more about this. Download Study Material on Younger in Age
4. Make Disciples: Clearer voice in society
By 2020, we will be a church with a greater awareness of what is going on in the world around us, a clearer understanding of God’s heart for these issues, and we will be more proactive together and as individuals in speaking and acting accordingly. Read more about this. Small Group Materials on Clearer in Society
5. Make Disciples: Bolder in personal testimony
By 2020, we will have grown to act more like Jesus within Godmanchester and beyond so that our lives will give weight to our words as we deliberately speak about Jesus in everyday ways. Read more about this. Download Study Material on Bolder in Testimony.