It’s time to rethink our Vision
St John’s Diamond Creek has been serving our local community for over 150 years. Over that time the good news we have shared about Jesus has remained unchanged. As Paul puts it:
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
This is still good news for Diamond Creek and the surrounding areas, and we want to share it and grow in Jesus together as a united community of his followers.
While our message remains unchanged our context has changed dramatically in the past 150 years, and rapidly in recent years. The last two years of Covid and lockdowns have presented us with new challenges and impacted the way that we do ministry. As a church we need to be thinking constantly about the best way to share the good news of Jesus for our current context and communities.
We ask you now to prayerfully consider the draft Vision. It is accompanied by our church mission and values which remain largely unchanged from Vision 2022. Given the compact nature of a Vision statement we have written an accompanying explanation to help you understand the thinking behind each aspect of the Vision. We have also included examples of strategies which would accompany the Vision. These Strategies are necessarily preliminary and basic. They will need expansion and development once the final Vision is approved. However, we hope they also help to build understanding of the direction of this draft Vision. I commend it to you for prayer, discussion, and feedback as we continue to Know Jesus and Make Jesus Known.
Our draft vision statement reads:
Reconnect and build a multiethnic and intergenerational network of congregations and home hubs for the Northern Suburbs.