I wanted to take a moment to give a few comments on our Vision 2020 night—a night where we came together as a church family to forge ahead into the next five years.
If you’re like me, you think talk is cheap, especially talk about strategic plans. “Let’s just make disciples”, one will say. “That’s what Jesus did.” Problem is, people don’t just know (1) what that is, or (2) how to do it. We must all help one another to make disciples—and we all choose language, structures, systems to help accomplish that end. . .
Now, if you saw our video, then you know we aren’t trying to do anything new, per se. Rather, we are drawing from what has always been a part of who we are in order to make disciples in a new generation (Thus the new series entitled Roots). But we have revised our mission and vision statements to better communicate these ideas:
MISSION: PROCLAIMING JESUS WHEREVER HE LEADS US
I’ll write more on how we landed on those six words in another post, but it is something that all of us who call The Chapel home can rally around.
VISION: THE CHAPEL MUST BE A CHURCH OF GRACE-FILLED PEOPLE, EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO MAKE DISCIPLES AND MULTIPLY DISCIPLE-MAKING COMMUNITIES TO BRING ABOUT HOME, CAMPUS, COMMUNITY, AND WORLD TRANSFORMATION.
Grace, the Holy Spirit, and Discipleship needed to drive the vision statement. The spheres that we want to see those impact are, in sum, every sphere of life. But, looking at our context, we said home, campus, community, and world transformation. I was encouraged to see some of the responses from the night.
Well if you left @TheChapelBR vision2020 and weren’t encouraged/ fired up you are not human. So good!
— Erica Rhodes (@eerhodes) January 16, 2015
— Julia Dowden (@juliadowden) January 16, 2015
There will be more to come, as I’ll be posting more about the plan for weeks (months? years?) to come—all in hopes of continuing to share more about our future as a church.
If you missed it, see the video put together for the night. We’ll also play portions of this video on Sunday mornings for the next month. It’s time to move.