As we move into our next vision phase called "Empower," we felt it was important to provide a brief description of each goal in this phase. Over the next 18-24 months, these eight goals are intentional avenues we plan to explore and lead our church family through. We believe that by doing this, we will grow into more faithful, passionate, and fruitful followers of Jesus.
1) Launch a discipleship group ministry
It is our intent to foster an environment where members partner with each other in study, prayer and accountability for their spiritual growth. We will work aggressively to create opportunities for members to engage with other members as well as those who do not have a deep abiding relationship with Christ in healthy God honoring discipleship/mentorship experiences.
2) Discover why our vocations matter in the Kingdom
From January 11th through February 22nd, Josh preached a series called a Theology of Work. An important component of living as a disciple is to integrate faith and all of life. The Bible has a lot to say that informs what it means to live out our faith in the workplace, or whatever we find as our vocation (place in life). Our work matters to God and God matters to our work. Click Here to jump online and listen to the journey we went through in this series or join our podcast.
3) Provide opportunities for spiritual gifts assessment
Beginning this Spring, as part of our Crosswalk Curriculum in 2015, our Adult Education Ministry Team has thought it wise to lead our church through the process of taking spiritual gift assessments. We are excited about the process of the Holy Spirit affirming how we have been gifted and called by God.
4) Connect our faith community to service opportunities
We have a church that loves to serve. It has become our way of life. One request we have had over the past few years is that family unit would like more ways to service the Lord together as a family. One of our goals in this phase is to connect family units to long-term service engagements. You will hear about these opportunities nearly every week at SV, or you can go by our serve kiosk in the lobby.
5) Increase relationships with our strategic ministry partners
One of the exciting things we have done as a leadership as we enter into this phase is to focus in on 10 Strategic Partners. A strategic partner describes a working relationship between two organizations as they link arms to provide encouragement, relational power, and resources to function within a set of principles, goals, and vision. Early in 2015 we will provide more information about who these partners are, and how we plan to grow our relationship with each of them. Click Here discover more about our Strategic Partners.
6) Expand our capacity to restore through Ministry Teams
Over the past 18 months, our elders have appointed, affirmed, and launched six Ministry Teams. We believe there are many other areas where organized ministry teams can assist in the work of restoring hearts, relationships and communities. We will also work toward providing opportunities to learn more about and participating in our current ministry teams.
7) Strengthen our shepherd/member relationships
One of our commitments from the shepherds this year is to strengthen their relationships with our church family. God has appointed men with hearts eager to love and tend to the hearts of this church family. Every month in our leadership meeting, they are focusing on ways they can be more faithful in their calling to nurture the hearts of this church. To know our shepherds better head over to our SHEPHERD'S PAGE.
8) Cultivate a culture of celebration
What is celebrated is repeated. In fact, we believe that recovering the spiritual discipline of celebration is needed. Every month, we plan to celebrate specific ministries happening in the life of our church family. Also, on May 3rd, during our 11:00 Worship Service, all 10 of our Strategic Partners have been invited to join us for a Kingdom Celebration. You won’t want to miss it!
Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015
by Josh Ross