I see a body of believers in Christ who are enthusiastic and intentional about making an impact for the kingdom of God in this community by every member being equipped to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I see members actively sharing information about the church’s ministry, starting fellowship groups to invite friends over to meet their church friends, and simply being the presence of Christ around the area. I see each believing member using his or her spiritual gifts to build up the Body of Christ, and I see them giving consistently and sacrificially.
I see a comprehensive and full time Ministry of Worship and the Music Arts for all age groups of the congregation. Music is a key factor in the equation of congregational growth and retention of membership, not to mention a significant means to bring glory to God. Music permeates our society and is so much a part of the language of love, comfort, enthusiasm, and peace. I see choirs and ensembles both vocal and instrumental from preschoolers to senior adults enhancing worship, drama teams bringing a new dimension to the worship experiences by providing another creative means to present Gospel truth.
I see the renovation and expansion of present worship space, keeping the general architectural style in place affirming the township's history as well as the church’s legacy. I see adequate space and facility for 400 plus worshippers in multiple services as well as additional educational and small group spaces with enclosed access between buildings.
I see the congregation debt-free in less than 10 years. This may sound like an ominous task requiring unbelievable major gifts to retire a debt of $2.2 million. Large figures about debt can really deter our understanding of the possibilities. Consider this: If 200 givers gave an additional $38.47 per week for five years $2,000,440 would be raised.
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.
614 W. Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, NC 28584