When Scripture gives us passages like James 4:13–16 and Matthew 6:34 (among others), it may seem odd that we might have a list of goals. While boasting of the future is un-godly, so is failing to plan (Proverbs 14:22 and Proverbs 24:27). We aim to be like the Apostle Paul who made plans but always held on to them loosely, submitting to the sovereignty of God who has THE plan for our lives and His Church. So, our goals are things we would like to aim for at Disciples Church, and we list them so that we might have a target in mind to strive for, in the hope that, by God’s grace, we might do all we can to be faithful to the task He has called us to. As time passes, our goals will change as we respond to different needs, opportunities and God’s enabling. So, in no particular order, here are our current goals:
A serious commitment to discipleship and pastoral care.
If people are serious about following Jesus then we will seek to bless them in that effort with a serious commitment to shepherding their spiritual growth. We will actively pursue their growth in Christ through one-on-one discipleship and their participation in Missional Communities. We will endeavour not to shirk our responsibility to patiently correct, rebuke and encourage people with good teaching, and biblical discipline designed to promote a God-honouring response to the grace of the Gospel.
Every member participating in a Missional Community Group.
Not everyone who comes to a weekly worship service will join a missional community. We understand that. Our goal, though, is that everyone who is a Member of Disciples Church Springfield will actively participate in one of our Missional Communities.
Good Theology. Good Music.
Why is it that you seem to have to sacrifice one for the other? Either the preaching is good and the music is poor, or the music is great and the preaching is, well, ordinary. At Disciples Church we will strive by God’s grace to achieve both.
Elders who take their responsibilities seriously.
Eldership is not a reward for anything. It does not necessarily relate to age. There are biblical qualifications for Elders and biblical roles and responsibilities for Elders to be concerned with. So, by and large, Elders will be leading Missional Communities or ministry of some kind, they will be committed to pray for the Church and its people, and they will, by God’s grace and enabling, lead lives that are a testimony to God’s glory and an inspiration to everyone in the Church.
A significant investment in Youth and Children's Ministy.
Springfield is majority populated by young families. As well as engaging people through the outreach of our Missional Communities, our goal is to reach many families through our ministries to youth and children. This means that we will invest people and money into school chaplaincy, youth-outreach and Kids-Club.
A permanent Home.
At Disciples Church Springfield, we’d like to have a permanent home. By permanent, we don’t mean a venue that would never, ever change. Instead, we mean a venue that is accessible for ministry 24/7. In other words, not just a facility we rent on Sundays, but a building that is available through the week for our various ministry and community activities.
1,000 attending worship services every week.
Actually, we’d like more than 1,000 a week, so hopefully we can amend this goal in the not too distant future. However, at this stage, we want to at least signal that we aim to be a large regional church not a small suburban church. So, having this goal in mind will affect how we think about doing ministry, our facilities, our budgets, our staff and so forth.
A Church that appeals to men.
Of course we want women and children as well, and there will be prominent and specific ministries designed to serve these groups. The point we want to be aware of is the severe decline in participation in church in Australia by men. There are many theories as to why this is the case. At Disciples Church we want to reverse that statistic and see men stepping up to be the Christians, husbands, and fathers that they can be by following Jesus.
Help plant another church within 7 years.
10% of our tithes and offerings will go into a fund to be used for church planting purposes. This might be used to help start a church that others might initiate, or it may be a church plant we initiate ourselves. Either way, we’d like to see another church plant on the go as soon as possible, but certainly within 7 years.