Mission

“Know Christ, Grow in faith, Go to the world”

Vision

1) Reach – Take the Good News of the Gospel to people in our neighbourhood and the world
2) Build – Help believers grow in relationship with God and each other
3) Disciple – Become a church of disciples who make disciples
4) Show – Bless the community by what we do as individuals and together as church
5) Plan – Tackle specific priorities over the next few years

Click on each stage of our aims below to read more about it.

1) Reach – Take the Good News of the Gospel to people in our neighbourhood and the world

Mobilise our church to reach out with the Good News and develop a clear annual plan to facilitate and support local evangelism and global mission.

Local
Reach out to Freshbrook and Grange Park through regular events, door to door, and courses such as Alpha, The Parenting Course, etc.

Engage every member in evangelism, stirring passion for the lost and equipping people to witness in our community and where they live and work. Effectively use the building, promotional materials and a wide range of media to welcome everyone.
Continue with Breakfast@9 outreach.
Join with others who are faithful to the Gospel in outreach and evangelism.

Global
Identify a global mission ‘champion’ who will build a team to promote interest in and support for mission.
Support current missionaries and encourage people to short and long-term mission.

2) Build – Help believers grow in relationship with God and each other

Encourage vibrant worship, open to the Holy Spirit and his gifts, engaging heart and mind, and facilitating experience of and encounter with God.

Attract and welcome all ages; giving particular attention to families with children, young people, and young adults (the areas where we are currently under represented).
Create community between all who are part of Freshbrook church and its various activities.

Encourage attenders to become participants, and then contributors to the life of the church.
Ensure bible teaching is clear and central to the life of our church and its meetings, and equips people to know Jesus and live for him.

Develop an intentional focused church prayer life.
Encourage regular personal Bible reading and prayer.
Create opportunity for people to share personal experiences, challenges and encouragements from their walk with God.
Embed a culture of team across the life of the church.
Provide Pastoral care for all who need it.
Grow a wide variety of small groups – such as home groups.
Create a year on year pattern of one-year volunteer church interns (gap years).

3) Disciple – Become a church of disciples who make disciples

Develop a strategy and structure for the discipling of all ages and stages of faith.
Help people to discover, grow and use spiritual and practical gifts and skills. Identify, nurture and train those showing character and potential for preaching and for leadership.
Grow a culture of succession planning across the life of the church.

4) Show – Bless the community by what we do as individuals and together as church

Support agencies helping in our community, for example, Night Shelter, Food Collective, Street Pastors, Samaritans, Safe Families for Children.
Encourage and support people within the church with vision and ideas to develop church faith works in the community
In the church, and where relevant in partnership with Good News for Swindon, ensure we follow best practice guidelines and comply with all statutory requirements.

5) Plan – Tackle specific priorities over the next few years

Consult on moving the morning service to 10.30 am with refreshments served before rather than after the service to make it easier for the B@9 team to join the morning church and feel they belong.
Revitalise mid-week children’s outreach building on the success of Open the Book.

Renew interest in Spree South West event.
Explore alternative provision for older youth now that Soul Survivor has closed.
Plan to take on an extra member of staff with the potential to take over as senior pastor in two or three years.
Investigate succession planning for Youth and Community Pastor role. Explore external funding for full or part-time assistant youth pastor/leader to sustain the development of youth work as the Youth and Community Pastor increases role with B@9 and community outreach.
Facilitate a three month Sabbatical for the senior Pastor in July-Sep 2020 Develop a structure for enabling services (hub services) such as office managing, media, finance, welcoming etc.

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