This post feels a bit “old news” since I am writing it 15 days into 2020. Nonetheless, it is the dawn of a new decade and high time for an update from your pastor. If you come on a regular basis, you’ve probably heard us mention a few times that 2019 was City Church’s strongest year on record, ever. If the past is an indicator of our future, we are on a solid trajectory for a great 2020 and beyond. Some of you might be internally wondering…
Does City Church have a “New Vision” for 2020?
Before I answer that question, I must first make an admission. In full transparency, I often feel pressure as a pastor to announce a “grandiose” new vision whenever a new year rolls around. Since we are stepping into a whole new decade, I feel that even more. I always find comfort in knowing that Jesus set the vision for His Church… so I don’t have to worry about reinventing the wheel. Right before the Lord ascended to Heaven to be with His Father, Jesus outlined the plan for His Church for ALL TIME in Matthew 28:18-20.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In short, I don’t think City Church needs a new vision for a new decade. I think we need an old vision – Jesus’ vision.
The core mission of the Church is to make disciples of Christ. If we keep that up, God is happy and so should we be. That being said, a new year (and in this case, a new decade) is a great opportunity for us to consider how we might better live out the Great Commission. Our main plans for this year are to build upon key areas of ministry strength, tackle a few plaguing facilities items, and provide concentrated energy on key “growth areas” that are critical to the future growth of the church. Let me talk about each of those individually.
#1. The best way for us to continue to grow the church is to build on areas of strength.
We all have things we do better than others. There is a time and a place for improving areas of lack. That being said, we think we do best as a church leadership team when we know our “strength lanes” keep working to make them even stronger. The main strength lanes we feel we do best are:
- High quality services with an intimate feel.
- Ease of connection into significant areas of ministry.
- Use of technology to connect with Christ and culture.
- Small/Large events.
There are others, but those are some of what (I think) we do best. We want to continue to invest in and develop these into even greater strengths. In short, we will continue to try to take the great things you have always loved about City Church to the next level.
#2. We plan to tackle a few plaguing facilities items.
You don’t have to be facilities management expert to spot the need for some serious love around our campus. Over the last six years, we have invested hundreds of thousands into getting this campus to what you see today. Unfortunately, the next level of items we need to address won’t be exciting and will be very expensive. A lot of money will be going out and at the end, no one gets to see a fancy “before and after” like on HGTV. Essentially, we have some roofing/plumbing issues, wood rot, stucco repair, and core maintenance that simply has to be done. An extravagantly generous donor has given us an enormous shot in the arm financially to help get us started on some of these. That being said, those funds will likely dry up after the first or second project. Therefore, please continue to be faithful in your tithes and offerings and if you feel led to help us even beyond that, it would be a tremendous blessing to the ministry.
#3. We want to provide concentrated energy on key growth areas that are critical to the future of the church.
We have targeted two ministries in particular. The first one is small groups. It is the hub of our church. By no means has it been a weakness. That being said, we think we can do even better discipling the people we have (that’s you) and helping new people get connected into new groups faster. Simply put, if a person gets plugged into a small group, they’re much more likely to stick around in the church for good. It’s been said that a thriving small groups ministry closes the “back door” of the church. You can help us in this regard by making sure you sign up for a group this time around (sign up online here). The second area of ministry we want to provide concentrated energy on is the youth ministry that meets on Thursday nights at 7:07pm. Ryon is a great young leader and we feel like the foundation of a strong group is there. We want to help him get as many kids in there as possible and as many kids to camp as God would have.
So I guess to sum it up, I don’t think City Church needs a new vision every year or every decade for that matter. We need to continue living out Jesus’ mission to the best of our ability. We need to constantly reassess how we are doing that and whether our means are pulling people in. We need to focus our efforts where there will be the most fruit. That’s what we have always done. God willing, that is what we will continue to do.
Well, those are three things you can expect in 2020 at City Church. Out of curiosity… what do you consider City Church’s strengths to be? It’s always interesting to me as a pastor to hear how other people perceive our ministry vs. how I do.
Blessings and have a great day.
P.S. Enjoy these pictures of the fam (not yet) posted anywhere else!