“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down…” —Isaiah 64:1

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21

In September 2016, we shared a special night as we imagined a Gospel movement on the North Shore. In September 2017, we gathered again to hear about the steps we’re taking this year to facilitate that vision for God’s movement in our church and in our area.

The Strategic Plan

In order to know how we can best reach out to our surrounding area, we have to understand our context and their needs, and we have to know the truth of the Gospel and how it applies to people’s lives. Our Strategic Plan outlines the process we’ve taken to identify our context, the needs of the North Shore, our church’s values, and what we need to be good at to connect with our surrounding culture. This process has led us to the strategies we plan to pursue over the 2017-2018 year.

View a presentation that walks through the strategic planning steps and strategies. Note that we hope to add audio descriptions to this presentation in the future.

This image summarizes the strategic planning process and lists our strategies for this year:

Our Strategic Lens

Our strategic lens focuses our attention in serving our vision to see a Gospel movement on the North Shore. We want to see all we do through this lens of Gospel, community, and mission.

Gospel // The Gospel declares that we have been rescued by Christ.

Community // The Gospel forms an authentic community where people are known deeply, yet loved and accepted.

Mission // As a community formed by the Gospel, God sends us out on mission to bring reconciliation between God and the world.

Christ is the center of it all and we strive to make his name great in every aspect of the life of our church.

How You Can Be Involved

Pray // We want to rely on God to do this work in and through us. No matter how great our strategies are, if we’re trying to accomplish them in our own strength, they have no power. It’s the Spirit in us that gives power to these actions. Here are a couple helpful resources as you pray for God to move on the North Shore.

  • Kingdom-centered Prayer by Tim Keller teaches us how to consider prayer “as a means to praise and adore God, to know him, to come into his presence and be changed by him.”
  • North Shore Prayer Guide – this 30 day guide for prayer for our friends, neighbors, and towns was written specifically for our area by members of NSCBC. It highlights our local towns and specific needs and people groups in our region.

Get Connected to a Small Group // It’s in the context of a small group that you can be growing in the Gospel; you can be loved and known and cared for; and you can work together with others to live on mission. Fill out this form and someone will contact you within two weeks to follow up about finding a group that will fit for you.

Give // If the Holy Spirit is compelling you to support what He’s doing here financially, you can find ways to give here.

 

Further Resources

We hope these resources will be helpful as you reflect on what a gospel movement is and take steps in the direction of facilitating God’s work in our area and in our lives.

Articles and Books on Prayer

  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller. We experience God powerfully through prayer. Keller guides the reader in how to make prayer meaningful – through sample prayers, instruction for developing a practice of prayer, and discussion about forming personal and powerful prayers.
  • A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller. This practical book discusses how one’s relationship with God can grow through prayer. It presents how prayer – even imperfectly delivered – fills the gaps in our lives with meaning and substance.

Resources on Gospel Renewal

  • Renewal as a Way of Life: A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth by Richard Lovelace. In order for spiritual growth to take place, we have to grasp certain biblical principles. Lovelace guides the reader in developing a God-centered life so that one can be renewed individually. As we join together in spiritual growth, we experience renewal corporately. The book is read well by a small group of people who are committed to reflection and discussion and praying for God to do a work in their lives and in our church.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago. This illustrated story Bible for children emphasizes Jesus as the point of every story in the Bible – both Old and New Testaments. Jesus makes all the puzzle pieces of the Bible fit together. It’s great for kids and adults alike to engage in the truth and power of Scripture.
  • God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts. Roberts gives the big picture of the Bible in this book. He emphasizes that the whole Bible is about the kingdom of God. He shares tools for reading the Bible and he points to the primary subject of Scripture: Jesus.
  • Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett. This book emphasizes the importance of catechesis in forming believers with the essentials of the faith. One section even outlines an A-Z of the Gospel.
  • Chameleon Christianity by Dick Keyes. Christians are tempted to approach society by either accommodating to it and blending in so much that we don’t seem any different or by tribalizing and quarantining ourselves away from society so we won’t be affected by it. Keyes encourages the reader of this book not to compromise or to isolate, but to be culturally aware and to reflect Jesus’ teaching to be salt of the earth and light of the world.