Mission Goals, Part 1 - Ministry of Presence

Passage:Matthew 28:18-20

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Series: Mission Goals

Category: Mission & Vision

In this first of a three part series, Rev Phillips presents his vision for our parish's mission goals, and focuses on the first goal. To do so requires knowing where we are, where we want to go, and how we are going to get there. There are three specific goals to be considered: Ministry of Presence - Increasing our active membership's presence in worship by at least 30%; Ministry of Evangelism - reaching out to and integrating 100 new members over the next five years; and Ministry of Stewardship - establishing a 5% giving across all our active members and strive to increase by 1% over the next five years towards a biblical tithe. In this sermon we learn about some key aspects to the dynamics of our parish's life (habits and patterns which result in statistical realities) principally around the area of worship attendance. We also are confronted with the deep necessity of being present with one another, the Body of Christ, and that to reach our first goal will require us to be much more intentional about community building.