We had a profitable discussion at our joint PCC meeting last night as we began the first stage of working out a Joint Mission Action Plan for both churches. Why do we need a Joint Mission Action Plan?
First and foremost, because God is a God of mission, who plans and acts. Our core text for this year comes from Matt 28:18-20:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
That is Jesus revealing who He is – Lord and Saviour, sending His followers out in a group, giving them a clear task to fulfil.
So what is our task here at St Michael’s and St Barnabas? Since the Annual Church Meeting each PCC has been given a question every time it has met to discuss:
How would we describe ourselves as a church?
How has the church changed over the past 5 years?
How do you see the church changing over the next 5 years?
Last night we put all the answers together and I invited members of the one PCC to comment on the other PCC’s answers. This led into a good time of discussion where we began to brainstorm ideas and start to see where the Lord might be leading us together over the next 5 years. This is only the start of the process, however. We need to take these ideas back to indivudal PCCs and then take them to the whole church.
Lots more to work to be done, but the start of an important process that will shape and possibly even transform the church’s life!