The Team sought to identify goals for the Lynn Haven Church that aligned with our vision structure, but we did not seek goals that were based on human desires or ambition. We sought inspiration and guidance from God on how best to challenge our church and pursue our vision for Christ. These goals are not random numbers. These goals are God-sized, and many of them are intentionally not humanly possible. Only by the work of God’s Holy Spirit will we reach them. The focus should not be the goals themselves, but instead should be on our congregation living out the underlying core values. This, in turn, will enable the Lynn Haven Church to do God’s will and accomplish His purposes. By the year 2020, with God’s help, the Lynn Haven Church seeks to:
This goal stands above all other goals. Professions of Faith represent changed lives for Christ, lives that will never be the same, souls that are saved. This is what it’s all about. This is “the main thing.” The church should remember that all other goals and recommendations ultimately trace back to professions of faith. Professions of faith should include those that give their lives to Christ during all churchsponsored ministries such as worship services, VBS programs, youth weeks, special music events, local service events, and international mission trips. Every member of the Lynn Haven Church can help with this goal. It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their part in creating an environment and culture that helps people find fellowship in Christ.
The size of worship services is not itself a direct measure of saved lives, but it does provide a measure of those that consistently seek to worship and glorify Jesus. This goal is not simply an effort to grow numbers, nor is it a goal that should dictate any type of building program. A supporting goal here is to double the opportunities for worship offered by the Lynn Haven Church, including alternative locations and time slots: 10 passionate worship services in place and thriving by the year 2020.
Participation in some form of church Life Group is critical to sustaining one’s life in Christ. There is a progression from the initial profession of faith, to participation in weekly worship, to consistent participation in a smaller community of believers (Life Group). To achieve this goal, the Lynn Haven Church will need many more Life Groups and many more Life Group leaders, not to mention new faith development curriculum. In fact, this goal will require creating an average of 20 new Life Groups per year. Final LHUMC Vision Team Report Page 8 of 12.
Continuing the progression from worship involvement to consistent Life Group participation and faith development, Christians are called to spread the gospel and the love of Christ through service to the community and beyond. Members of the Lynn Haven Church are commanded by God’s Word to reach out to those in need with spiritual, physical, and emotional help. Reaching this goal will require a doubling in the percentage of worshipers actively engaged in local service projects, along with a two-fold increase in our mission spending and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team participation.
Freeing the church from the financial burden of debt service will allow more of its resources to be applied to the goals and recommendations in this report. This goal is an enabler to effective missions, excellent faith development, passionate worship services, and changed lives.