Our Vision

Our Vision

 

Vision 2020

This vision is our mountaintop. It is a picture of what God wants our future to look like. We believe these are the things God is calling us to focus on from 2017 through to 2020.

Belong to Jesus

That we would each understand our identity in Christ, for the first time or in fresh ways.
That we would live more and more out of the way God sees us, rather than how other people see us or how we see ourselves.
That we would experience greater freedom and healing.

Be Family Together

That no one in our church community would be unknown or alone.
That we would embrace and disciple all ages and stages.
That mature believers would help shape a church community where children and grandchildren worship with them.
That we would experience greater acceptance and connection.

Bring Light

That we would be a presence in dark places.
That we would each bring the light of Jesus everywhere we go and in everything we do together as a church.
That we would see God’s love transforming the people and communities around us.

 

Where did this vision come from?

Throughout 2016 our Pastoral Leaders and Pastors met regularly to pray, wait on God and discern where God is leading us as a church. At key times the entire church community was invited to hear, pray and seek God together.

Throughout the year a picture became clearer of the kind of church community God was calling us to be. This picture built on God’s work among us over the past four decades, on the more recent shaping of our values and on some glimpses of the future.

This isn’t a perfect or balanced picture of the future. These are the things God revealed that he wants to do among us and the kind of church he wants to shape us to become. This is his vision and work and we are joining him in it.

There were a few over-arching things we believe God is saying that will shape our approach to pursuing this vision:

  • Create space. Life with Jesus wasn’t always meant to be hectic. Activity doesn’t always equal success and faithfulness. As individuals, families and as a whole church we need to slow down and create space for God and what he wants to do among us.
  • Join God. We aren’t striving off in our own direction. As we follow the Spirit we are looking for where he is already at work so that we can join him.
  • Develop leaders. To shape the future, we need to keep investing in leaders for God’s church and kingdom. We need to be developing leaders through supporting all our volunteers, providing ministry internships and raising up the next generation.
  • Develop resources. As this vision takes shape there are a number of possibilities to develop the equipment, buildings and property God has trusted us with. This development goes hand in hand with the vision as our resources can either hinder or enhance what God is doing in people’s lives.

Over the next few years we will continue to pray, trust and seek God for what only he can do. As we abide in him we will also work and press on, doing what God has asked us to do. We trust that in the year 2020 we will see clear evidence that God has brought about the vision he has given us. We look forward to seeing the picture coloured in, the sketches filled out and our church community even more alive and abundant than it is today.

We invite you to pray and press on with us, with our eyes set on Jesus and the vision he is calling us towards.

 

Our Values

Our values are our motives. They were set in 2014 and framed our vision process in 2016. They reveal who God has shaped us to be, and also serve as guideposts that continually call us back to his heart.

God First
Open Home
One Body
Growing Together
Empowered Everyday
Expanding Heart.

You can read about our values in more detail here.

 

Our Strategy & Measures

This is our map and these are our marks. Strategy outlines some of the plans God is asking us to put in place. Measures indicate some of the signs we will be looking for to see the fulfilment of God’s vision for us.

 

Belong to Jesus

That we would each understand our identity in Christ, for the first time or in fresh ways.
That we would live more and more out of the way God sees us, rather than how other people see us or how we see ourselves.
That we would experience greater freedom and healing.

  • Testimonies of individuals from a variety of spiritual backgrounds coming to faith in Jesus for the first time.
  • Testimonies of individuals having a greater revelation of who they are in Christ.
  • Leaders being developed through serving and through internships.
  • Growing numbers of baptisms each year, from 20 in 2016 to 40 in 2020.
  • Growing numbers in weekly worship gatherings, from 280 in 2016 to 400 in 2020.
Develop a discipleship pathway (2017)

Identify and make known the milestones and markers of spiritual maturity. For example: accepting Jesus, baptism, sharing faith, giving, counselling, mentoring/discipling and continued growth in faith. This will enable us to help people grow and provide opportunities for them to continue on the pathway of discipleship throughout their life.

  • Every person in the church community able to self-identify where they are on the discipleship pathway and what their next step could be to continue growing.
  • Creating clear, regular opportunities for each person to continue to grow, regardless of where they are at with God.
  • Developing a culture where each person is able to help others take ‘their next step’.
Invite guest speakers on the theme of belonging to Jesus (2017-19)

Plan gatherings and weekend conferences around the theme of ‘belonging to Jesus’ to help people discover, experience and live out of their identity in Christ.

  • Annual guest speakers (national and international) on the theme of our identity in Christ. In Sunday gatherings and in weekend conferences.
  • Feedback from those occasions of people having a greater revelation of how God sees them.
  • Testimonies that speak of the ongoing transformation of living out of our new identities.
Resource counsellors and a counselling centre (2018-2020)

Explore how we can equip and support the counsellors who are connected to our church. Including the possibility of creating counselling rooms, centralising booking and supporting administrative needs. This could serve both the ‘Belong to Jesus’ and the ‘Bring Light’ parts of our vision if we connect those outside our church community with quality Christian counselling.

  • Christian counsellors connected to our church who are encouraged and supported with appropriate space for counselling appointments.
  • Supporting these counsellors with centralised booking and administration.
  • A counselling centre up and running, with engagement from those within and beyond our church community.

 

Be Family Together

That no one in our church community would be unknown or alone.
That we would embrace and disciple all ages and stages.
That mature believers would help shape a church community where children and grandchildren worship with them.
That we would experience greater acceptance and connection.

  • Testimonies of individuals and families finding a spiritual and relational home among us.
  • Testimonies of people being loved and cared for by each other.
  • Testimonies of people saying of others: ‘you stuck with me’ through difficult circumstances.
Develop multiple group models (2017-2018)

Relaunch our groups with a variety of group models. For example; classic long term Life Groups and KYB groups, short term groups, special interest groups, discipleship duos and trios and serving teams that care for each other. Activate new leaders for these groups and provide ongoing support and accountability.

  • Develop a culture and structure that releases more leaders and groups that help people connect and grow relationally and in faith.
  • A focused time each year with all groups talking about the same theme for 4-6 weeks, with new groups created to connect people for these occasions.
  • Look for opportunities for short-term groups or courses to engage those who can’t commit to long-term groups.
  • Growing number of people regularly engaging with each other in groups. From 25% in 2016 to 75% in 2020.
Develop next steps (2017)

Make clear the ‘next steps’ for every new person we connect with as a church. For example; filling in a connect card, joining a group and serving. Continue to develop further strategies for connection including connect events, hospitality, a pastoral care team and prayer response team.

  • Hold a connect event each quarter that builds a sense of community life, with people being invited, included and loved.
  • Develop a pastoral care team for crisis and ongoing care.
  • Develop a prayer response team for gatherings, special needs, home visits and ongoing prayer coverage.
Resourcing kids and families ministry (2017-2018)

Continue to staff and focus volunteers to invest in our kids, youth and families ministries. Beginning with part time staff and continuing to look for a full time Families Pastor.

  • Testimonies of families being impacted because we first cared for their kids.
  • Part time staff in kids and families areas throughout 2017 to resource and equip these ministries.
  • Families Pastor or similar appointed in 2018 to further lead our kids and families ministries.
  • Redevelop the hall, including professional acoustic treatment, to equip our kids and families ministries.
Develop our gatherings (2017-2020)

Continue to gear our gatherings for younger people, recognising that the Australian church needs to engage with each new generation.This will include culture, staffing, equipment and redesigning the space.

  • Continue to have people of all ages involved in serving.
  • Continue to find ways to engage younger people in our gatherings.
  • Develop an ‘anchor’ model of leading the welcoming, sharing of testimonies and otherwise leading our public gatherings.
  • Redesign the stage to equip our worship teams.
Develop our facilities for connecting (2017-2020)

Beginning with the playground in 2017, continue to invest in the property God has given us to make it a more useful space for connecting people together.

  • Complete the Nature Playground in 2017
  • Develop counselling rooms and mid-sized meeting rooms.
  • Continued investment in developing our facilities each year to see our resources and property developed for more safe places for families, more spaces to connect and more opportunities to bless the wider community. For example; a cafe area, foyer area and parent rooms.

 

Bring Light

That we would be a presence in dark places.
That we would each bring the light of Jesus everywhere we go and in everything we do together as a church.
That we would see God’s love transforming the people and communities around us.

  • Testimonies of people accepting Jesus as a result of individuals and groups from our church first bringing the light of Jesus to them.
  • Greater awareness of the missionaries we support through MIG and the organisations we partner with as a church.
  • More commissioned missionaries locally and around the world, reaching more people through their work.
  • Growing numbers of people we are connected to beyond the church through direct ministry. From 850 in 2016 to 2000 in 2020.
Equip and empower missional teams (2018)

Develop a supportive structure where individuals can shape missional teams around a community, area of passion or need. This will enable people to be equipped as they are led by God in innovative ways. They will be on the front lines of addressing needs for people like the homeless, refugees, unemployed and backpackers.

  • Develop a culture and structure that releases, equips and supports missional teams into dark places in Cairns. Some teams that serve short-term and some that continue for years.
  • Testimonies of teams being able to bring the light of Jesus in practical, observable ways to dark places.
  • Testimonies of God transforming the communities he leads us to.
  • Each missional team demonstrating a dependence on God in prayer as we bring his light to dark places.
Partner with school communities (ongoing)

Continue to partner with Edge Hill State School and other schools where we have chaplains, teachers, staff and families. Partner in existing programs and be available for initiatives the school has. Offer linking events such as parenting programs and holiday programs.

  • Continued engagement with Edge Hill State School and other schools around us through things like Kids Hope, Religious Instruction and serving at major school events.
  • Continued engagement with Scripture Union QLD through chaplaincy, camps and sponsoring young people and leaders to attend camps.
  • Engage with new initiatives by schools as these possibilities become available
  • Offer opportunities to schools such as parenting courses and holiday programs.
Develop an expression on the Southside of Cairns (2018)

Continue to explore opportunities for a presence on the Southside of Cairns. With an aim to develop something in partnership with local churches, organisations and Churches of Christ in QLD.

  • Continue ongoing prayer, conversations and partnerships with Churches of Christ in QLD and other churches and organisations on the Southside.
  • Developing Life Groups on the Southside.
  • Developing a physical and community presence on the Southside of Cairns.

 

You can listen to the vision launch here.

You can download a PDF version of Vision 2020 here.

To join the conversation with questions or feedback, head to our Padlet here.