In seeking a vision for GBC until 2020, our Leadership Team and others explored took the following passage as our scriptural focus:
Jeremiah 29:5-7 (NLT)
5 “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6 Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! 7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
We examined five areas of church life based around our core value of Love God, Love Each Other and Make Disciples, which during 2016 we had sharpened our understanding of Going Deeper in Worship (Love God), Being Happier in Community (Love Each Other) and Being Bolder in Testimony, Clearer in Society and Younger in Age (Make Disciples). We also reflected on the initial results of the survey conducted by Joe Warton on whole-life issues at GBC.