Vision and Values for 2019
Welcome to 2019 at Taft Avenue Community Church! We are in year-one of a multi-year season of revitalization! I will be taking January to give a sense of the direction and priorities of this first year of what will be a multi-year process. Below are a few things that we will be touching on.
A simplified Purpose Statement: “Love God. Love Others.”
This is taken from the passage in the gospels where Jesus is asked, “What is the Greatest Commandment?” Jesus quotes two passages from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4–5 and Leviticus 19:18). His answer boils down all of the Bible to two simple ideas Love God, and love the people around you. When Jesus speaks with such clarity we want to sit up and pay attention and orient our lives to his way.
A Vision for this year and the years to come: “Love Orange.”
The address of Taft Avenue Community Church is not an accident. God has planted this church in Orange to be a blessing to the people of Orange, and to make sure that every person in Orange and its surrounding communities knows that God sees them and loves them and that God’s saving power is available in Jesus.
Some Values for us to learn and embrace in this first year
- Anticipating that God Will Move - This value will put us in an expectant posture of Prayer, listening, and readiness to act.
- Removing Distractions, Calling Attention to God – A compelling Sunday morning worship experience is the priority as we lead up to Easter. We want a Sunday Morning experience to which we are excited to invite our friends and neighbors.
- The Overwhelming Value of Each Person – When we reflect on the truth that the people of our broader community, as well as the people of Taft Avenue, are persons who bear the image of God and have profound dignity and value. . . we begin to see others as God sees them.
- A Congregation of Growing People - All of this change is going to put many of us in new situations, talking with new people and learning new things. Sometimes that makes us uncomfortable . . . but being uncomfortable is a sign that we are growing people. Whether you are 8 years old, or 80 years old, God has something new for all of us to learn. Let’s lean into that in 2019.
In February we will begin a series in the Gospel of Mark that will take us through to the Fall.
In 2019 we want to take a fresh look at Jesus, a fresh look at our city, and a fresh look at each other.
I hope you are ready to see God work as we prepare ourselves to step into this new Season.