Discovering the Heart of God in the Heart of the City
Our vision stratergy for 2013-2016
After careful, prayerful discussion and consultation, listening to what God is call us as a church to do, we have recently launched our new Vision Document.
There are many challenges here but with the power of God through the Holy Spirit, a willingness on our part to serve and give sacrificially we can and will see God in his grace and mercy do amazing things through the life of St Martin’s.
Three clear priorities have emerged out of the comprehensive consultation and discernment process that we followed between May and July 2013. They are:
- Pastoral Care
- Discipleship (Learning to be a follower of Jesus)
Details of what we mean by these terms and how we will work on them over the next three years are laid out in the document that you can download.
Please do read through this document prayerfully and carefully asking God to show you how you can help to see this vision become a reality in your life, the life of St Martin’s and the life of this city.
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What are our Values?
We are a Christian community gathered around the person of Jesus Christ. In Jesus we meet the living God in all his fullness. We believe that Jesus came from the Father, was born into our world, to show God’s love, mercy and grace to all people, offering everyone a choice to live in the Kingdom of God. This is only possible because he died on the cross for us and defeated death through his physical resurrection. Because Jesus is alive we can know him and through him God our Father by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Bible is the word of God, revealing to us the ways in which God relates to us and His world.
We believe that prayer changes things and that miracles do happen.
We believe in the Church as the hope for the world and that through the Church we can see this world at this time be transformed into what God always intended.
To help us express all of this as the community of St Martin’s we hold to seven core values. These are:
- Christ Centred
We believe that our core values express something of the heart of God. We believe that in living out these values we are living out the heart of God in the heart of the city. The main way we do this is through prayer and worship. In what follows the context of everything is this praying and worshipping life of St Martin’s. It is the very air in which everything we have detailed takes place.
Similarly with the finance, fabric and personnel work of the church. These are crucial to making what we want to do happen and because they are not mentioned here in detail does not mean they are not important or being worked upon. Once again they are part of what is around us all the time.
This is who we are and how we endeavour to live as a community within our city. None of this though is simply for our own benefit. We are people of all ages gathered around Jesus Christ to reach out to others with His love, His hope and His life.