On May 20th The Coign Church will become Welcome Church.
This is a time of significant change for us, and I’ve been impressed by the levels of maturity and grace shown by the whole church as we walk through these changes together.
Thanks for all the very positive feedback; I know I’m not the only one who’s excited!
Our New Vision Statement
As well as a new name for the church, we introduced a new vision statement. A vision statement sums up what we want to see happen. For many years The Coign Church had a vision statement about “being an Antioch church”, and whilst we would agree with and honour every word of that, we also want to bring a new emphasis alongside our new name; something that will shape Welcome Church going forward.
So the Vision of Welcome Church is:
“To see lives changed and communities impacted for good through God’s Grace in Action”
Ultimately this is what the Great Commission is all about! We want to see people’s lives changed by God’s grace, and we want to impact the communities around us and further afield for good, and when we say ‘for good’ we mean both ‘positively’ and ‘permanently’.
Let’s remember why we exist! We’re not here for our own benefit; the church has a mission. We exist to make disciples of all nations; we exist to reach this town with the good news of Jesus.
Jesus has a purpose for our lives and our church, and that purpose is not about being comfortable in a nice church meeting. This town needs the gospel; there are thousands here who God wants to reach and we’ve hardly begun.
Our new mission statement
We also have a new mission statement as a church, which might be a new concept for some people. If a vision statement is what we want to see, then a mission statement is what we’re going to do in order to see it happen.
So the mission of Welcome Church is:
“To share God’s grace in action with all people for all of life”
Of course, that’s what every Christian is called to be doing with all parts of their life; sharing God’s Grace in Action.
“Who with?” … “With everyone”
“When?” … “All the time, in all parts of life”
What does Grace In Action mean?
God’s grace towards us calls us take action! As the Bible say, “Faith without works is dead!” So what is Grace In Action?
- Sharing the gospel is grace in action
- Caring for the poor is grace in action
- Loving your husband or wife is grace in action
- Leading your family well is grace in action
- Loving your neighbour is grace in action
- Doing a good job at work is grace in action
- Forgiving someone is grace in action
- Serving your church is grace in action
- Serving your community is grace in action
- Serving a friend is grace in action
- Giving generously is grace in action
- Praying for someone is grace in action
Jesus said, “Freely you have received; freely give”. Whenever we do that, it’s God’s grace in action.
I’m excited by our new vision and mission statements. Let’s try to memorise and them and to put them into action. And let’s pray that God will bless many people through our church.