I see needs-based Bible studies, organized weekly-programmed Bible study opportunities, and neighborhood Bible study outreach groups excelling in the interpretation and application of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I see teachers and facilitators so committed to their calling that their participants are drawn to their passion in such a way that the common view of organized Bible studies is no longer a “take-it-or-leave-it” scheduled item. I see teachers and facilitators trained in multiple ways of presenting the biblical text to their groups. I see all Bible study groups building and offering community around the Word of Christ, swelling in participation, and witnessing the transformation of lives.
I see a premier full time Ministry to Preschool and Children and their families in which the congregation enthusiastically invests in the nurturing of all children of the church and the community in order to show the love of God and to build in them a foundational understanding of Jesus Christ. I see a congregation loving children with activities saturated with Christian values, willing to do whatever is necessary to provide the means for them to be involved in a healthy church. I see parents invested in these ministries, offering their input and time by rotation, assisting those committed teachers and workers rather than viewing and treating children’s ministry as mere childcare.
I see a Ministry to Young Adults that gives young adults – single, divorced, couples – who are starting their careers or transitioning in their careers a sense of "a home away from home." A transitional population gives opportunity for assisting, encouraging, and ministering to that populace who wants to find community, belonging. Further, I see the Ministry of Preschool and Children and the Ministry to Young Adults providing needs-based opportunities for learning and encouragement about issues specific to parents of young children.
I see a dynamic, regional Ministry to Students providing a comprehensive theological and “laboratory” experience in developing life skills that involves an understanding of how Christ has a role in their social and emotional health. I see a youth ministry cadre that serves as a central location and resource for the networking of students from around the state with our students for their annual mission trips, giving them missional opportunities while benefiting our city and our county.
I see a Ministry to Older Adults as well as a Ministry from Older Adults. I see older adults being embraced by a congregation that appreciates their service and wisdom and supports opportunities for them to enjoy community and fellowship. But, I also see older adults of the congregation providing a ministry of tremendous insight for a growing congregation, sharing their experiences of life with others, participating in the leadership of the congregation because they have denied the trend of no longer serving (the “I’ve-done-my-time” thinking) while being wise about the pitfalls of generation gaps. I see older adults understanding those younger than they in order to offer them good counsel and direction by modeling partnership in the Gospel by joining them in those “younger endeavors.”
It should be noted that the “Great Commission” was given after the disciples worshipped Jesus. The text says, “When they saw him they fell down and worshipped him.” Worshipping God in Christ is a primary privilege and function of the Christian Church.
Also, within this commission there is the emphasis of making “disciples” and “teaching” obedience to the Lord. The proclamation of the Word of God finds expression in our worship, but we also seek to teach the Word in our various groups of adults, youth, and children.
The phrase, “as you are going” is Christ’s anticipation of his Church. His followers by their living are to bear fruit by magnifying the good news to “all nations.” Our witness includes mission initiatives as well as our personal story of Christ’s love and forgiveness and how his presence affects our living.
This is the mission of the worshipping church: to make disciples, teaching the words of Christ and witnessing the grace of God in Christ so that those who hear us will have the opportunity to choose to be forgiven and to become a child of God.
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