What is Vision 2020?
The mission of the church does not change.
It has been the same since its foundation. Our calling is to live in faithfulness to God and to one another while we strive to take the Gospel of Jesus to every person on the Earth. While we press on in obedience to our earthly mission, we look with eager expectation to the day in which Christ will return to make all things new. The church’s mission and the church’s hope are rooted in the immutable character and the eternal plan of God.
Though the foundation of the Church’s calling and purpose does not change, the expression of her mission will always vary in some degree in response to the time and place of each local church. Sometimes responding to the surrounding culture requires a local church to find new methods and avenues of communication, or perhaps even new ways of connecting believers together in community. On the other hand, sometimes a local church can become so fatigued from responding to an ever-changing culture that it can drift from it’s true purpose and mission.
Vision Statements at Morningivew help us to avoid these extremes. Our current Vision statement, Vision 2020, is both a call for our church to whole-heartedly embrace the central historic marks of a healthy church all the while calling for us to press forward in equipping believers and reaching new peoples in an ever changing world.
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You can read the full text of our Vision 2020 statement below:
Our world is broken because of sin, and we are unable to fix it. But with great tenderness and compassion in His heart, God sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world to redeem and restore it. God promises to make us right and to renew all things on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection. His gracious promises in Christ are the fuel and power of our obedience to His good commands, which instruct every part of our lives. The Bible says, “The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20).
God distributes His promises to the church through appointed means that fix our eyes of faith directly upon Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. These are “the ordinary means of grace.” They’re called “ordinary” because God “ordained” them for the life and health of His church. Acts 2:42-47 describes the ordinary means of grace and their result: “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer . . . And the Lord added to their number day by day.”
At the core of our vision is the desire to practice these ordinary
“They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ Teaching. . .”
Family Ministry: Scripture teaches us to train families (Col 3:18-21), so we will continue to focus on marital health, intentional home discipleship, unified family ministry opportunities, and family involvement and discipleship through our mission partnerships.
M.I.T.: Scripture teaches us to study the Bible expositionally (Neh 8:1-8), but it also teaches us to study biblical doctrines, theological themes, and practical issues of obedience (Lk 24:27; Acts 7:1-53; 17:11). In 2015, M.I.T. will move to the Sunday School hour for two 10 week quarters every year. The other 32 weeks will remain age-graded and expositional.
Mentoring: Scripture instructs us to teach the Word of Christ to one another (Titus 2:4-8). We will thus place a renewed emphasis on training those who are older in the faith to befriend and teach those who are younger in the faith.
School/Bible College: We will develop a stronger link between the Leadership of Cornerstone and MBC, more actively promote the school’s mission in our community, and continue to plan for a future Bible College on our campus. We aspire to be a church that raises, trains, and sends Pastors, Missionaries, and Church Planters.
“They devoted themselves to. . . Fellowship”
Hospitality: Just as the first church broke bread from house to house, we want to develop a culture of hospitality wherein church members open their homes and lives to one another to share life’s burdens and joys and to build deeper relationships.
Intentional Sunday Fellowship: The fellowship that follows the preaching of the Word is a blessed time of encouragement, so we want to support members lingering after the services to reflect on the sermon, to pray with and for one another, and to encourage one another spiritually.
Monthly Meal: In October, we will begin having monthly fellowships after the morning service to meet and welcome guests who are attending and to provide an on-campus opportunity to build into one another’s lives.
Missions Partners: We want to be intentional about including our missionary partners in our fellowships when they are among us and regularly communicating our love and support to them when they are on the field.
“They devoted themselves to. . . Prayer”
Corporate Prayer: Acts teaches us that the New Testament church prayed together frequently and diligently (Acts 1:14, 12:12). Our weekly congregational prayer time should take place on the Lord’s Day when more of the church family can participate. Thus, beginning this fall, M.I.T. will be replaced by a time of directed congregational prayer each Sunday at 5:00 pm prior to the evening worship service.
Small Group Prayer: We also want to encourage greater prayer endeavors in our family worship times, during our hospitality gatherings, among our Karis groups, and in our ministry gatherings as a whole.
Prayer Room: We will develop within a year an “electronic” prayer room to involve more families in our prayer room ministry.
Missions Partners: We will organize specific prayer groups for each of our missionary couples to pray for their spiritual health and protection, their family needs, and God’s strength for their labors in disciple making.
“And the Lord added to their number day by day.”
Corporate Evangelism: In addition to our Sunday outreach teams, we will be planning regular outreach events to engage the lost in our community with the truth of Christ (Acts 13:44-49).
Individual Evangelism: We will encourage members to show hospitality to their coworkers and to think of their vocations (home, work) as primary vehicles by which to proclaim and express the love of Christ (Col 3:23; 4:5-6)
Church Planting: Rather than building a larger church, we want to multiply biblical churches that will make disciples. We will pray and develop leaders to plant a church in our region within the next 3 years.
Church Networking/Revitalization: We want to network with like minded churches to benefit from their experiences, share ministry resources, plan events and conferences, and offer leadership resources for struggling pastors and churches.
Missions Partnerships: We want to remain dedicated to evangelism, church planting, and pastor training efforts among our three partnerships. We will continue to labor with them to develop strategies for growing biblical churches.
We believe that God has called us to raise up Mature, Reproducing Disciples of Christ. May we each and all Abide in Christ, Serve according to our giftedness, Proclaim the truth of the Gospel, and Love others as Christ loves us.