Vision 2016 Categories

Where we’ve been

  • Being. We began this journey with a season of spiritual renewal. The purpose was to align ourselves and our church to be who God has called us to be.
    • Revive (September-October). 6-week sermon series on spiritual renewal.
    • 6-weeks prayer and fasting (October-November). 6-weeks of prayer and fasting to seek God’s heart for our church and to pray for spiritual renewal.
    • Experiencing God Bible study (October – present). Community Groups engage in this Bible study focused on knowing and doing the will of God.
  • Reflecting. In November, all Partners were given the opportunity to participate in one of two vision meetings facilitated by Earl Gray. During these meetings we articulated our dreams, desires, and longings for our church’s preferred future as a way of starting our Vision 2016 dialogue.

Where we’re going

  • Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide our Partners and our Elders in discerning God’s vision (“what we will do”) for our church.
    “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7 (NIV)
  • Identify. Pray over the vision categories and the word cloud graphic. Ask the Lord to reveal His vision priorities for our church. Ask Him to draw your attention to specific words or phrases that are important to Him. Consider writing down your observations in a spiritual journal so you can refer to them later.
  • Share. In February, all Partners will have the opportunity to identify 3 vision categories they believe reflect the most important priorities of God for our church.
  • Reflect. During the Partnership Retreat (March 4-6), Partners will reflect on the results of our collective prayer, discernment, and category prioritizing and begin wordsmithing a first draft vision statement.
  • Refine. Vision statement will be refined by church leadership in April-May.
  • Align. We will all work together to align our ministry and mission to Vision 2016 beginning this summer.

List of Vision Categories

The following categories are placeholders generated by our church leadership to help facilitate a conversation on what our Lord Jesus Christ is calling our church to do in 2016 and beyond.

Vision Discernment

Each Partner will have the opportunity to pray over this list and identify 3 categories that they believe reflect the white hot, most important, and absolutely critical priorities of God for our church’s vision for the next 3-5 years.

  • Vision Category 1. Children
  • Vision Category 2. Discipleship and Spiritual Growth Pathway
  • Vision Category 3. Intentional Outreach and Missions Pathway
  • Vision Category 4. Living Gospel in Culture
  • Vision Category 5. Loving God, Loving People
  • Vision Category 6. Marriage and Family
  • Vision Category 7. Service and Serving
  • Vision Category 8. Space and Location

Resulting in…

Vision is action oriented and result (outcome) descriptive. Vision follows this basic formula:

I/we will ____[ACTION]___ so that _____[RESULT]______.

The following categories are results (outcome). These categories will be utilized at the Partnership Retreat and in future wordsmitthing to describe outcomes of our vision. For the time being, there is no voting involved with these categories.

…so that Metanoia will be…

  • a place of diversity
  • a place of joy
  • a place of shalom
  • a place of trust
  • a place of unity
  • a place where we see and are seen

Thus, our vision statement will end up looking something like this:

I/we will ___[VISION CATEGORY]____ so that ____[RESULT(S)]____.

CATEGORY 1. CHILDREN

  • Our children growing into passionate disciples who share the Gospel widely
  • Children bring friends to church
    • Be a place of inclusion
  • Finding more places to engage children in our community
    • Serve, lead
  • Having a waiting list to serve & teach our kids because so many people are excited to see our kids know and follow Jesus
  • All of our children would be saved and live for Jesus
  • [Our children’s] teachers, their friends, their friends’ families coming to know and follow Jesus
  • Love and know and value all the children
  • Purple team Sunday school time reworked

CATEGORY 2. DISCIPLESHIP AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH PATHWAY

INTENTIONALITY / PATHWAY

  • Authentic intentional discipleship
  • Partners & attenders empowered to make disciples
  • People know how to access discipleship and support
  • Increased discipleship

RESULTING IN DEEPER SPIRITUAL GROWTH

  • Study the Bible fervently
  • Be like Jesus
  • Seeking better understanding of being like Jesus (not a church goer)
  • More trust in God (faithfulness)
  • Trust God with your life, your security
  • Obey immediately
  • Knowing God more deeply
  • That we would be a people who know and love God
  • Greater understanding of how Christ fulfills us
  • God’s love would be our very definition, our hearts would desire Him alone
  • Witnessing more manifestations of heaven

CATEGORY 3. INTENTIONAL OUTREACH AND MISSIONS PATHWAY

  • Ministries/programs that consistently bring in/reach non-believers
  • Mission
  • Spread Christ to entire region
    • Unifying purposes of CGs, Balt. County, City, and Howard County
  • Neighborhoods, Workplaces, Global community
  • Christ to the nations (here! now!)
  • Sending missional believers consistently (missional plan developed)
  • Missions
  • Great commission cycle: evangelize, disciple, send out
  • What if everyone connected to Metanoia led 1 person to Christ & disciple him/her every year? What if we grew this way?
  • Metanoia as a communal fishing net—being fishers of men together!
  • Be creative with how we mission/disciple/reach people
  • Life investment outside of church
  • Zeal
  • Dialogues with different faiths to bring peace and understanding (Muslims, Jews, Christians)
    • Where is this happening? God please show us. Please make us part of this!
    • Real stories of real life shared in real relationships so that community sees.
  • Muslims coming to faith and…
    • Bringing Gospel & hope to their countries & cities
    • We commissioned a Muslim pastor from within our church

BALTIMORE CITY

  • Revival comes to the hearts of Baltimore musicians
  • Help bring the peace of Jesus to Baltimore and the world

BURGESS MILL

  • See the church of Burgess Mill be born
  • Burges Mill neighborhood not only knows we are here, but embraces Metanoia as part of community life

ELLICOTT CITY

  • EC as a component of community
  • Meaning[ful] involvement on Main St., passionate service, many volunteers
  • Bring peace & healing to a fractured Main St. community
  • Our influence & presence in the Historic District continues to grow so that we re-write their understanding of “Christian.”
    • That we would rewrite the script with regard to what they view as “Christians” and “Christianity.”

RESULTING IN SALVATION & GOSPEL TRANSFORMATION

  • Combatting darkness in local community
  • Discipleship of non believers (see conversions & baptisms)
  • Constant growth
  • Reflective of our community / Inclusive of our community – live, work, play
  • Everybody to know Jesus
  • Being the hands and feet in our communities
  • Becoming a recognized, effective hub for care for orphans & the cast outs, widows/poor to the glory of Jesus Christ.

CATEGORY 4. LIVING GOSPEL IN CULTURE

  • Upholding truth & value of Scripture in a culture that does not
  • Be more bold and confident in our beliefs
  • We are fearless
  • Different form the world
  • People see the Christian community and faith lived out in us so that those cultural Christians and those with nominal faith are awakened to faith.

CATEGORY 5. Loving God, Loving People

  • Active & thriving prayer ministry
  • Using hospitality/coffee hour to reach out to community members
  • Clear – direct – rapid communication
    • Trust
  • Better communication
  • Men’s and women’s ministries

COMMUNITY GROUPS

  • Excited about small groups
  • Connectedness Community – Partnership, CG
  • Meeting community needs in each CG
  • CGs leading to thriving planted churches
    • In Oakland Mills

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

  • Intentional female mentoring
  • Identification & development of leaders (strong structure)
    • How can we as women grow and take ownership in the church?

 CATEGORY 6. MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

  • Healthy marriages / relationships
  • Marriages thriving & pointing the lost to Jesus
  • Effective parenting and strong families and marriages
  • Capitalize on people’s seasons of life. Making the most of being busy. (Stay at home moms & dads—a force for Christ)

CATEGORY 7. SERVICE AND SERVING

IDENTIFYING GIFTS & TALENTS

  • Understanding our God-given gifts and how they help us contribute
  • Everyone uses his/her gifts fully to the glory of God in the church and in the world
  • Everyone’s contributions are valued & apparent(?)

FAITH IN ACTION

  • The words “worship” and “service” become synonymous
  • Generosity of time, volunteerism
  • Be known/branded as servants of all
  • Sacrificing time for each other
  • Break the “Christian” stereotype by doing

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Identification & development of leaders (strong structure)
    • Female and male
    • Inspire leaders
  • Mentors find mentees
  • God’s plan… always bigger… always seeking where he’s leading and working next.

CATEGORY 8. SPACE AND LOCATION

  • Physical space that serves preferred future
  • Becoming/creating a place where art magnifies Christ, and artists & thinkers come to meet Christ
  • Move into a permanent space, via out [of our] own homes in the meantime and afterward

RESULTS (OUTCOMES) OF OUR VISION

…so that Metanoia will be…

A PLACE OF DIVERSITY

  • Age diversity / racial / etc
  • Diverse/multicultural church community
  • New languages being spoken in our church community
  • Unique
  • Multi-generational
  • Age diversity / racial / etc
  • Generations of believers reflected in our church body
  • We will have more age 50+ come to Christ [and be part of our community] because this is a better reflection of heaven.
    • And so that we have legacy builders who invest life.
  • Community that embraces & encourages diversity & fights for justice!
  • Welcoming the poor, the widows, the orphans into our community, integrating, empowering them to serve
  • We will have greater ethnic, racial, age, socioeconomic diversity so that we look more like Heaven.

A PLACE OF JOY

  • Our joy is infectious
  • More joy
  • Happiness in spite of…
  • We know—without a doubt—that God will see us through every storm. We are not shaken by the circumstances of this world.
  • That our joy, hope and love would be infectious to those around us

A PLACE OF SHALOM

  • More hope
  • Full of hope
  • More contentment
  • More peace
  • Redeeming culture and people
  • Wholeness (individual and our church community)
  • Place of healing (emotions, spiritually, physically)

A PLACE OF TRUST

  • Accountability
  • Trust
  • Community Trust
  • Authenticity between us all
  • More forgiveness of others & ourselves
  • Community you can trust and ask for help.
  • People will stop hiding struggles but will get help & let each other carry burdens together.
    • Equally willing to ask as to offer.
  • Be honest with each other and share struggles together… make a safe place to share that we are not okay.
  • Purge sin, deception [and] dishonesty

A PLACE OF UNITY

  • Unity
  • Unity (John 17) – so that people know God sent Jesus
    • In Metanoia; With other Christians; Partnering with other churches
  • Unified vision

A PLACE WHERE WE SEE AND ARE SEEN

  • Stronger relationships → A family; Attentiveness
  • “Notice test” – I notice, someone notices, notice others
  • Spending time with each other
  • Everyone feels connected and not isolated
  • Everyone is connected & nobody feels alone or excluded for any reason
  • Friends
  • Everyone feels welcome & known
  • Glad to see you & support you
  • Comfort among us