Posted on Thu, Aug 12, 2010
Your Vision for Your Church
About 50 members of St. Stephen's gathered on Saturday, August 7th to seek God's will for the future of our church. We prayed, shared meals, and met in small discussion groups to decide on four areas of priority to guide us into the future. The following is a summary of what the people of St. Stephen's heard the Holy Spirit say to our church. Please pray that God gives us the will and the courage to step out in faith and be the church God wants us to be.
Recognizing that the purpose of worship is to bring glory and honor to God, we are committed to respecting and valuing that which awakens the spirit within each person, inspiring them in their worship of the Almighty. Toward that end, we seek to expand and incorporate in our worship, various styles of music, and multiple types of services, both on Sundays and other days, while remaining within the confines of the canons of the Diocese of Texas, and the Book of Common Prayer. As always, we are bound by our love for God and for each other.
Recognizing the need to continuously seek a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, we will foster spiritual growth through the vehicle of geographic and interest-based small groups engaging both our congregation and the greater community. These groups will develop and maintain lifelong opportunities for spiritual growth and servant leadership that is grounded in Holy Scripture and our historic catholic faith by engaging in Bible study, prayer, outreach, education, family values, pastoral care, and fellowship. We will meet each seeker wherever they may be on their spiritual journey, striving to address specific needs such as location, interests, and transportation.
Recognizing the challenge to be ever more visible to the community in order to more fully realize our mission to seek, serve and share Christ with all, we will strive to bring others to Christ by ministering to those in need and by developing effective outreach programs for children, youth and adults that are available to the whole community.
Recognizing that our congregation is continually renewed and revitalized through the infusion and inclusion of our younger members, we are committed to developing and maintaining engaging programs, ministries and events that inspire, inform and support our youth on their Christian journey. This will include regular youth-oriented worship services; Sunday Christian Formation curriculum that is powerful, challenging and relevant; regular youth events that encourage spiritual growth and social interaction; and ecumenical/interdenominational youth events involving the greater community.
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