What's Involved

Here are a few thoughts about what our vision focus might look like in practice. Both for us individually, and as a church family.

The three D's

What will it look like for you to develop, deepen or to display Christ in your relationships? What can you commit to be doing in order to reach out this year?

We’re asking each of us to write a pledge. Pledge forms are part of our Partnership packs this year to help us prayerfully consider what practical steps we can take, and then to write them down and commit to doing them. As a staff team we will be praying for you alongside these pledges throughout the year so we might ask you about them from time to time.

What might it look like?

Develop

How could you meet new people? Perhaps there’s a sports club or similar group you could join. Perhaps there’s somewhere you could volunteer. Perhaps you could get to know your neighbours.

Deepen

What will it take to move relationships from being superficial to being the kind of relationships where we share and discuss things that really matter? Perhaps you could pledge to have people round to you house for a meal once a month? Perhaps you could commit to praying for good conversations during your tea breaks at work?

Display

What would it look like to show the love of Christ to non-Christians around you? Could it look like taking a meal round to the person who lives opposite who’s just had a baby? Might it look like blessing your office by bringing in cake every Friday? Or being the person who marks and celebrates people’s birthdays? These things may not be evangelism in and of themselves but it’s surprising how often they lead to the kind of relationship where you can share the gospel.

Here’s a short video with some more explanation and ideas about how we can make a pledge on one or more of these three “D”s.

The three D's

What will it look like for you to develop, deepen or to display Christ in your relationships? What can you commit to be doing in order to reach out this year?

We’re asking each of us to write a pledge. Pledge forms are part of our Partnership packs this year to help us prayerfully consider what practical steps we can take, and then to write them down and commit to doing them. As a staff team we will be praying for you alongside these pledges throughout the year so we might ask you about them from time to time.

What might it look like?

Develop

How could you meet new people? Perhaps there’s a sports club or similar group you could join. Perhaps there’s somewhere you could volunteer. Perhaps you could get to know your neighbours.

Deepen

What will it take to move relationships from being superficial to being the kind of relationships where we share and discuss things that really matter? Perhaps you could pledge to have people round to you house for a meal once a month? Perhaps you could commit to praying for good conversations during your tea breaks at work?

Display

What would it look like to show the love of Christ to non-Christians around you? Could it look like taking a meal round to the person who lives opposite who’s just had a baby? Might it look like blessing your office by bringing in cake every Friday? Or being the person who marks and celebrates people’s birthdays? These things may not be evangelism in and of themselves but it’s surprising how often they lead to the kind of relationship where you can share the gospel.

Here’s a short video with some more explanation and ideas about how we can make a pledge on one or more of these three “D”s.

Growth Groups

Growth Groups will be a great place for us to be praying for each other and encouraging each other as we seek to live out the great commission.

If you’re in a growth group already, you’ll know our discussion times always start with the same question about what struck, challenged or encouraged us on Sunday.

Next year we’ll introduce an extra question before it: “do you have any good news stories from the past week?” It will be a chance to hear about any opportunities with the three “D”s, and any good conversations that people have had, or perhaps to hear about an opportunity that came up that we missed!

Top Tips

Often evangelism becomes an “omission” because we just don’t think about it, and because we struggle just to get going.

So throughout 2020, we plan to have a few minutes in our services every Sunday to think about a “top tip” (or “life hack” if you’re under 20!) when it comes to reaching out. We’ll also put these online onto this site as the year goes on, so that we build up more and more resources to help us.

What’s not involved

You’ll see from what’s above that what we’re not really planning is more evangelistic events or courses at church.

For one thing, if we want to spend more time developing and deepening friendships, then we need to be freed up from time at church, rather than organising more in the calendar.

But more importantly, part of the issue is that people seem such a long way off being ready to come to those sorts of courses. So, we’ll keep going with some of our regular social events – and remain very willing to try new things if people think they would be helpful – but putting on lots of new things as a church isn’t part of the plan.