During 2015 we have been asking God to show us his future for us. As our vision has become clearer one word that keeps on being highlighted is 'disciples'.
OUR VISION IS TO BE TRULY JESUS’ DISCIPLES
Being Jesus’ disciples is at the heart of our identity: we are loved, and we are disciples.
Being Jesus’ disciples is at the heart of our calling: as individuals and a church we are here to be and make disciples of Jesus filled with the love of God.
A disciple is a learner, someone who is committed to becoming like the one who is teaching them. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching then you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) Are we willing to be truly His disciples? It will be costly. But on the other hand:
Being truly Jesus’ disciples honours Him. He says to us, “Follow me,” and as God’s Son we obey Him.
Being truly Jesus’ disciples changes the world. As we become more like him, our lives and our church community become like a mirror where all can see who Jesus is and meet with Him. This encounter changes our world one person at a time – beginning with ourselves.
Being truly Jesus’ disciples is the life we were made for. It is as disciples, in relationship with Jesus and learning from Him, that we become who we were made to be, and live “life to the full” (John 10:10).
What would it look like if we lived as disciples of Jesus? We’re reflecting on our calling by expressing it in this Discipleshape diagram. Experiencing the love of God in Jesus leads us to respond in love for him in worship – transforming us individually, in love for one another in community – transforming us as a church, and in love for our world in mission – bringing transformation locally and globally.
This means that we will structure our church life around these three priority areas of worship, community and mission.
This life of discipleship together is supported by different resources – our buildings, finances, staff and media.
In particular we believe that the future we are being called to requires a phased redevelopment of our hub at St Matthew and St Oswald’s on Lawford Road.
In the next four to five years we aim to develop:
• a space for worship with a renewed sanctuary
• a home for community with new meeting rooms, hall space and facilities
• a base for mission a place where we can better serve our local neighbourhoods