Thursday, 10 February 2011

Large or Growing?

A few weeks ago I tried to sum up the next decade @ RFC using the following statement;

“Becoming a large, Jesus-centred community; serving the town of Reading and beyond.”

It has created a good framework for discussion. The word 'large' was often questioned as it is associated with the impersonal and also with success as defined by numbers on their own.

So I think a better word could be ‘growing’:

“Becoming a growing, Jesus-centred community; serving the town of Reading and beyond.”

Becoming – We are on a journey, we have not yet arrived; and so we choose to embrace change with faith.

A Growing – We long to be growing in the number & diversity of people we gather; in our influence & impact; in our unique contribution to society.

Jesus-centred – We desire to cultivate heartfelt worship of Jesus, aligning our lives to His teaching, whilst helping others to do the same.

Community – We dream of building a community of people who know, accept & care for each other; where no-one has to stand, suffer or celebrate alone.

Serving the town of Reading – We want to play our part in meeting the needs of our town; helping create footprints of justice, mercy and hope.

And beyond – To be those who joyfully share our time, talents & treasures to further God’s kingdom beyond our horizon.

Would love to hear your thoughts...


John Marcham said...

Must be encouraging to see the church grow and to have the vision for more growth. Growth makes the Life Groups even more important in terms of care and personal growth,also in the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit . Reaching the community can be an issue , especially for those working long hours or away from home, I think we all need to stop and look at our lifestyles and see how we can change and be a more generous people, even us oldies.

Sean Green said...

Thanks John - that's helpful. Its always good to stop and reflect on our busyness!