In Touch March 12, 2010
Posted on March 12, 2010 by under Touché,


 “Where there is no vision, the people perish”  Proverbs 29:18 KJV

 Next Saturday our consistory and ministry area leaders will be on retreat in the youth house.  I write today to ask you to pray for us, speak with us and work with us, as we seek to develop our vision and plans for the next three to five years.  In 2004 we gathered in three successive summits as a church and much of the vision we are living into has come from that time and the kingdom footprints that we began to walk in then.  We continue in that direction and keep moving forward in the ways we established in that process.

 As we are preparing for next Saturday, Karen Gomba has been encouraging me to add a piece to our planning that has not been present before. That piece is our vision statement of what kind of church we are looking to become as we move into the future that God is calling us to.

 We know our mission: To Know Christ and to Make Him Known.

 We know our values:  Radical Love-Radical Justice-Radical Welcome-Radical Gospel.

 What is our vision for the church we are looking to become?  Here is a start of a vision statement that I hope begins to capture many of the things that I have heard around Hopewell through the past decade.  It is a both/and vision that encompasses all that God has for us, rather than limiting us to either/or as we may see it. The vision has not been articulated in this way, but I present it to you to see if it rings true and captures where we have been and where we are going.

 Vision 167

 We seek to be a 167 church.  From the one hour of worship on Sunday comes the vision for every follower of Christ to live the next 167 hours of our week dedicated to the Glory of God.  We will be a growing community of faith built upon worship and the word, life transforming small groups, deep caring, and missional living. We are blessed to be a blessing being a movement seeing lives, churches, communities and the ends of the earth transformed by the truth that our life’s  purpose is to love God, love others and enjoy them forever.  Amen.

 My wife will take a pen to the English structure.  Consistory will take a pen to some of the wording, but I want your heart to take a look at the vision.  Does it capture well the essence of who we are called to be and what we are called to do?  I put it out to you before the consistory retreat, so you can feed back whether it fills the slot we are looking for.  If you have the time and desire to respond, hit reply and let me know.  Thanks, Taylor