Selly Oak Elim exists to: “disciple our city”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In saying these words, Jesus was setting the vision & mission for his disciples and for all who would follow Him. Our vision and mission has been set by Jesus, so we want to keep the main thing, the main thing.
Projects, buildings and ministries are all to serve the vision of Jesus to make disciples.
The question we are seeking to answer and work toward is this:
“How do we disciple a city?”
Over the next few months we are developing a strategy of how we can equip our church community to impact the city. The rhythm of the church week will change and existing ministries will take a different emphasis, but one thing's for certain, we will be making sure we enable existing disciples to become more equipped to live as followers of Jesus.
This has a twofold purpose: firstly, we become more empowered and live the full life Jesus talked of; secondly, it builds confidence in the gospel and as a natural consequence, sharing the good news of Jesus becomes second nature. Therefore, it enables us to fulfil Jesus' vision and mission to his church.