2020 Vision

52 Our Vision for the year

It is our prayerful hope that the tangible goals contained in this Five Year Plan will be achieved, by God's grace, as we maintain the following distinctive values:

Our mission statement - "to know Jesus and make Jesus known" - underpins our vision for this year - "52". We have made a commitment to focus on evangelism and will be equipping the whole church family to spread the word and make Jesus known, not just in Christ Church but where we live, work and play.   Our target is to gain 52 souls for the Kingdom in a year.  As part of this "52" vision, we will be organising several events to equip and encourage everyone in Christ Church to share Jesus with friends, family and colleagues.  More details of all these events can be found on the noticeboard at the front of the church, but one particular example was that the Evangelical Alliance came to Christ Church this year to provide training in evangelism.

Our Overarching Vision

Imagine Christ Church as a church...
  • for doubters, seekers and believers that becomes something that everyone wants to be part of
  • of every age, race and colour putting their relationship with God first, meeting together regularly to worship Him and becoming one in Christ
  • of fully devoted, spiritual Christ followers passionate for an ever-deeper relationship with God
  • where everyone is fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit, exercising their God-given gifts in a joyful and fulfilling service
  • where every member is totally committed to making disciples of all nations
  • To provide a platform to introduce and welcome new families into the church
  • To establish communication with parents that engages them in the Children's Ministry and encourages and equips them for the nurture of their children's faith

Our Distinctive Values

It is our prayerful hope that the tangible goals contained in this Five Year Plan will be achieved, by God's grace, as we maintain the following distinctive values:
  • We believe that Biblical teaching anointed by the Holy Spirit is the catalyst for individual and corporate transformation (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:23-25)
  • We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. This is the reason for our commitment to relational evangelism as well as organised evangelistic events (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14)
  • We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
  • We believe that Christ's followers should demonstrate authenticity and yearn for continuous growth (Ephesians 4:25-32; Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 1:6)
  • We believe that the church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12 & 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4)
  • We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. This includes the principle of servant-hood and commitment to relationship building (1 Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 13:34-35)
  • We believe that life-change happens best in small groups. This is the reason for our commitment to small groups to facilitate fellowship, teaching and ministry (Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47)
  • We believe that excellence in all we do honours God and inspires people (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17)
  • We believe that churches should be led by those with leadership gifts. This is the reason for our commitment to shared leadership, continuous training and the evaluation of gifts and abilities (Nehemiah 1 & 2; Romans 12:8; Acts 6:2-5)
  • We believe that full devotion to Christ and serving His cause is normal for every believer. This includes the concept of stewardship, servant-hood, and discipleship (1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7)