A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Friday, November 2, 2012

2013 Vision Focus - Lancaster First United Methodist Church

As our church prepares for a new year of ministry, some vital vision focuses have been emerging through prayer and discernment.  These were shared during our October 7 worship services.  I invite our congregation to continue to pray for these six areas of focus and respond with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.

Our 2013 Vision – Empower & equip our congregation to intentionally invite people to our church events and make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and world.

6 Areas of Focus:

·        Provide 40 small group opportunities during Lent for our Unbinding Your Soul emphasis and encourage the congregation to invite unchurched friends to participate in these groups.
·        Host a church-wide celebration event following our Unbinding Soul Lenten focus to help people from our UYS small groups meet more people in our church family.
·        Have each committee/program area offer at least one event that is specifically designed to meet the needs of people who are outside our church community.
·        Develop & implement an excellent hospitality ministry that intentionally welcomes all people who attend worship as well as other church events.
·        Create prayer walking teams who pray in our church and community on a regular basis.
·        Participate in a shared ministry model with Lancaster & surrounding area United Methodist Churches.

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