Our vision is formed in response to three key questions:
WHY | HOW | WHAT
Read on to find out more, download our Vision Booklet as a PDF, or view it here...
Or watch Paul launch the Vision at our Annual Church Family Meeting in 2018:
WHY are we here?
We believe the Church exists to change the world – one person, one city, one nation at a time.
2,000 years ago, Jesus came to proclaim and demonstrate the Kingdom of God – heaven’s justice, mercy, goodness, healing, and restoration come to earth.
He left his people to continue his work by becoming like him and doing what he did – proclaiming and demonstrating the Kingdom until he returns.
HOW will we do this?
We believe that God has given us three key words to capture this great adventure and also to enable us to evaluate everything we do …
CONNECT Meeting God | Finding Family
In Jesus we meet an extravagantly generous God who loves us unconditionally and welcomes us into a Family where we can be real, known and accepted – a place where our brokenness can be healed and our wholeness restored
GROW Restoring Identity | Releasing Purpose
In response, as we seek the presence of Jesus, pursuing a deeper love for, intimacy with and understanding of him, he restores our identity as children of God and our purpose – to be the person he made us, in the place to which he calls us
INFLUENCE Empowering People | Transforming Culture
Jesus empowers us by his Spirit to reproduce his life on earth, and to see every part of our community and culture transformed
WHAT is our part?
We know it’s impossible to achieve this ourselves and so we seek partnership with others who also look for the coming of God’s Kingdom.
Here at Christ Church, we believe God is calling us to play our part in changing the world over the coming years in three distinct ways, which we are calling …
a heart for the individual
we will commit resources and energy to becoming a church which provides the most healthy environment possible in which God can restore and empower us to reproduce the life of Jesus
a heart for the city
building on Christ Church’s legacy of resourcing so much Kingdom ministry in our City, we will discern what God is asking us to do, alongside other churches and agencies, to help make Bristol a city of hope. We know how passionately God feels about issues of social justice, poverty, oppression and wellbeing. Expect to hear much more on this soon…
a heart for the nations
building on Christ Church’s legacy of resourcing global mission, we will continue to develop our ministry among those from other nations who are in Bristol for work or study; develop our new partnership with TearFund’s PEP project in Uganda; and continue to support mission partners around the world
In order to enable all this to happen, God has given us three priorities for 2018 and 2019, as we begin the journey to see our impossible vision become reality, calling us to invest in …
our small communities
Small communities are the heartbeat of Christ Church. We will commit time and resources to enable our small communities to become:
places where individuals find wholeness, and are inspired, equipped, empowered and released to reproduce the character and life of Jesus in their families, workplaces and communities
places of connection, growth and influence spread out across the city
In the coming year, some existing small communities will multiply and new ones will emerge – some around interests, others around locations and networks – so that there is a community for everyone.
God wants us to thrive and every one of us is responsible for creating the optimum environment in which he can grow us. We will commit time and resources to our ‘Year of Growth’ teaching series, which is designed to resource this, both at our gatherings and in our small communities.
Good leadership is the key to healthy communities, in the church and beyond. We are already investing time and resources in our small community leaders, and over the coming year will be extending this to a wider pool of present and future leaders for both church and city. We aim to nurture and develop leaders of leaders who have the confidence to connect, grow and influence wherever they live, work and serve.
We recognize that all this must be underpinned by a reinvigoration of our corporate prayer life. We’ve put together a small team to discern God’s voice on this – expect to hear more soon.
WHERE does this happen?
We will only realise our vision if it takes root in the whole of life. This means our …
GATHERINGS on Sundays and Wednesdays
We believe that God gathers us together in these larger settings to meet with Jesus and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to go wherever he places us – to connect, grow and influence
SMALL COMMUNITIES throughout the week
the heartbeat of the church, where individuals find wholeness, and are inspired, equipped, empowered and released to reproduce the character and life of Jesus in their families, workplaces and communities
FRONTLINES wherever we spend most of our time
God has placed every one of us in a community, workplace, school or home with the potential to bring connection, growth and influence to these places day by day
SO How can I help turn our vision into reality?
Just imagine what can be accomplished through a community of people who wholeheartedly back God’s vision of advancing his kingdom in the world.
As we pursue this vision and give ourselves to it, God will do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.
Here are four ways in which each of us can play our part …
Of all that you have read so far, what has stirred the most passion in you? Is your heart primarily for the individual, the city or the nations? Spend time in the presence of Jesus, asking his Holy Spirit to show you what he wants you to do in response.
2 Join a small community
If you’re not already part of a small community, make the decision to join – they are the key to enabling us to reproduce the life of Jesus wherever he calls us. More details are available here.
3 Connect, Grow, Influence
Begin to use these words to reflect upon everything you do, individually and corporately – in your home and family, in your local community, at work, in leisure, with your colleagues and friends.
4 Give … Time, Talents, Money
God asks us all to release resources so that this vision can be fulfilled. Time, talents and money are all needed. You can find out more about how to do this on our website, or by visiting the InfoHub at one of our gatherings.
Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:18-20