The year 2020 is the beginning of a new decade, and feels like a very significant time for St. Christopher’s to renew and recommit to a plan of who we are and who we want to be in 5-10 years time.
We have begun this process by surveying our congregations and trying to reach out to everyone we can to gather information about how we impact our community and what we could do to focus our resources. We have drawn on the resources of the Diocese of Guildford to guide us through this process.
When you set out on a journey like this you cannot predict what the destination will become, but it will definitely have some of the following features:
Discipleship – As a church we are committed to “making prayerful, confident disciples in daily life”, but how do we turn this aspiration into action continues to be challenging, and discipleship is notoriously difficult to measure.
Community Partnership – We are committed to increasing the range, professionalism and spiritual fruitfulness of our partnerships with the local community, to help create a safer, stronger, fairer and more sustainable society.
Leadership – As a voluntary organisation we are committed to increasing leaders of all ages in our community, who are called, trained and deployed in our church and community to address the needs of our community and beyond.
Any strategic planning requires prayer, openness, creativity and commitment. We are planning to take the time necessary to explore our new vision in a deep and meaningful way, remembering that the church is an organisation which exists for the benefit of it’s non-members.
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