9th January is ‘Vision Sunday’ at St Barnabas. This is nothing to do with trips to Barnard Castle and optical adjustment ! Rather, it is a chance to review the ‘Mission Action Plan’ that St Barnabas adopted in September 2020, the fruit of the ‘Immeasurably More’ process from that year.
Christ didn’t come to leave us where we are, but to take us into the kingdom of his Father. And, amidst the ongoing uncertainties of COVID, it is good to lift our eyes from the immediate headlines and ponder and pray over where the Holy Spirit is moving – in our church, in our community and in each of us as individuals.
We’re getting on for 18 months into the Mission Action Plan. So how are we doing ? Vision Sunday, on 9th January, is a chance to look at the plan we adopted in September 2020 and compare it with what has happened and what we plan to do in the coming year. You can view the plan on the church website and there are copies in the church building.
On Sunday 9th January, we’ll be able to gather as a church family – whether in the building or online – and ask the following questions:
– What encouragements can we see?
– What are our biggest challenges?
– What should we prioritise in 2022?
– Are there areas where we have more thinking to do?
It is well said that ‘Mission Action Plans’ help churches do three things that churches often struggle to do: mission, action and planning!
The Mission Action Plan for St Barnabas is not a blueprint to follow without imagination. But it is a guide, drawn up under God after much thought and prayer. As we ponder it, we’ll find encouragements and challenges. Most importantly, as we ponder and pray over it, we’ll get a better sense of the vision God has for us in this place.