As part of our vision series #InOutUpThro we are examining each of these four movements and working out exactly how we can begin to move in that direction together as a church.
We are a church that moves IN, deeper into God as he reveals himself to us and as we grow in knowledge, faith and love for him. In the words of the apostle Paul, praying for the new believers in Colossae:
From the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
Therefore as a church, we shall:
1. Create a Life Group system in 2014
Life Groups are one key way that we as a church can experience true life-giving community together. A Life Group consists of up to twelve people meeting fortnightly (usually in someone’s home) to study the bible together, eat together, pray for one another, look after one another and encourage one another. (If you are interested in joining a Life Group, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
2. Upgrade to a full time pastor
In order to develop the teaching and preaching ministry further in Gilnahirk Baptist, we plan to work towards bringing Pastor Dave on as our full-time pastor.
3. Establish a prayer strategy
Prayer is an important part of moving IN, an expression of our response to knowing God more deeply and truly. Knowing God is a gift of God, a gift that we can only ask for.
Of course prayer can be found in any of the four movements – as a form of our worship Up, a crucial part of our ministry Out and Through. Therefore we shall establish a strategy of prayer, which will include emphasising prayer in Life Groups, before our weekend gatherings, as part of a specific prayer ministry and through regular prayer gatherings each month.
4. Develop eldership ministry roles
Church elders are charged by Jesus to keep watch over his flock as his undershepherds. They are to nurture, watch over and protect those whom Jesus has given them responsibility over. Therefore we shall develop the role of church elder to encourage the health and vitality of the church.
Specifically this will include equipping our elders with pastoral care skills and training, providing an additional complementary layer of care alongside that provided through the Life Group system.