And let us consider how we may spur one another on towardHebrews 10:24-25
love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some
are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be a community of brothers and sisters united in him and filled with his Spirit. We must meet together and be proactive in encouraging each other in our faith.
In the book of Acts, and throughout history, we see that there are a variety of ways that meeting together can be expressed.
Our vision is for three kinds of worship gatherings:
(1) Onsite Services,
(2) A Digital Service, and
(3) Home Hubs.
This allows us to remain agile and engage as many people as possible.
These three ways of meeting can’t exist as separate silos.
We have a unified governance structure, shared Mission, Vision, and Values, and we commit to a unified teaching program tailored appropriately to each mode.
Unified resources for children’s and youth ministry will be needed for our worship gatherings and again tailored appropriately to the mode.
Gathering in-person onsite will continue to be the primary way that we meet as a church.
We have consolidated our services at St John’s so that we are now running three weekly services at 8am, 10am and 5pm.
We want to ensure that these services are healthy, growing and reaching out to include new people.
Our digital service will be designed for a digital audience rather than people observing an in-person service via a camera on the wall.
Being ‘made for digital’ makes it more personal, allows for the service to be shaped for its own congregation members, and will produce resources that can be used for our Home Hubs.
Home Hubs are a hybrid model: utilising digital resources for smaller in-person gatherings.
The flexibility of style and structure available to Home Hub gatherings will create great opportunities for us to engage with people who might otherwise not connect with church.
We hope several Hubs will start in the Northern Growth Corridor of Melbourne where there is only a small amount of church communities for such a large population.
8am | 10am | 5pm