We would like each local church to have a mission plan. This is usually achieved by working on the new version of the Pastorate Profile. We are offering help to ministers and elders through our Mission Enablers, Interim Moderators and members of the Training Team. It would be good to have copies sent to the Synod office then we could know how many churches have done it. We could have a target of 40 by the end of 2009, 80 by the end of 2010, and all by the end of 2011.
We believe that being a Vision4Life church will help improve our worship, our discipleship and our confidence. So we would like half of our churches to be involved in Vision4Life by the end of 2009, which is the start of the second year - prayer and Spirituality.
We would also like to be a growing church, in faith, in fellowship, in outreach and in numbers. We could recognise this through sharing of stories of new initiatives, encouraging events, new elders and members being received etc. Could we hope and aim for a net increase of 1 member in each congregation in 2009? In addition to the people already mentioned we have Synod officers to help - Elizabeth Nash, Colin Udall and Derek Hopkins at Crossways.