Serving the Community

A History of Vision and Mission Planning at North Rocks Community Church (2004-2015)

We as a church hold firmly to the understanding of Scripture that Jesus is the head of our church and that we should be constantly seeking and discerning God's Vision for our church . Every year we start the year with a "Vision Sunday" where our pastor reminds us again of the call that God has placed on this church. We also commit to having times where the whole church undertakes a process of preparation, prayerful discernment, mission planning and exploring how we can best resource that Vision. It has been an exciting time of giving thanks to God for what he has done here at NRCC; a time of acknowledging the things that God has placed in our DNA and working out how we can build upon those strengths – and also a time of looking forward as discerning how we can make the most of the opportunities that are before us. Our goal as a church is to always discerning the best ways in which we can help each other in our church family to fulfil the Great Commandment of loving God and loving others and the Great Commission of making disciples of all people. Below is the documentation that has come our of those times of mission planning and Vision Sundays - a history of the past 10 years of this discerning process.

2015


 

Mission and Ministry Priorities

In Sept and October, we have had discussions within Church Council as well as with people and groups in the congregations to determine what ministry and mission priorities we felt God was calling our church to focus on over the next 12-18 months.

Click here for 2015 Mission and Ministry Priorities Brochure

Mission Planning and Growing Generosity

In 2015 during the months of May and June our church undertook a process of mission planning and discerning what God’s plan and purpose of our church is for the next era of our church life. In May we held two large church-wide meetings to facilitate discussions on the vision of North Rocks, to celebrate what has been achieved in the past and to share our hopes for the future. We engaged in a process of finding some clarity about our identity and values as well as exploring the strengths and concerns of the congregation and how these might give focus to priorities and creative ways of resourcing our ministry and mission. (Reports of all these meetings are available on our "Vision and Mission 2015" page).  This time culminated in the third of our large "generosity" campaigns - "Growing Generosity" and the attached documentation

Click here for the "Growing Generosity" Brouchure

Vision Sunday 2015

A focus on preparation, prayerful discernment, mission planning and exploring how we can best resource that Vision - culminating in our Mission Planning in May 2015.
(We will update this page as soon as any documentation from the 2015 mission planning is made available)

Click here for Vision Sunday 2015 Flyer


2013/14


 

“Gifts of God” Campaign

This is the flyer from the "Gifts of God" campaign run during August/Sept 2013 and formed the basis of our Vision Sunday talk in 2014.  The "Gifts of God" program picked up the four key areas arising from the "Imagining Hope" program (Families with Young Children; Children & Youth; Local Community and Regional and International mission) and explored how we could build on these strengths whilst being open to new and creative ideas - both of what God was calling us as a church to do and how we could resources the mission. 

Click here for "Gifts of God" Flyer


2013


 

Vision Sunday 2013

Our Vision Sunday service in 2013 focused on following up aspects of the 2011 "Imagining Hope" campaign - especially the resourcing of the different idea and programs.

Click here for Vision Sunday 2013 Flyer


2012


 

Vision Sunday 2012

Our Vision Sunday service in 2012 highlighted the four key areas which arose in our 20122 "Imagining Hope" campaign - families with young children, children and youth, serving our local community and resourcing and supporting those in regional and international mission. 

Click here for Vision Sunday 2012 Flyer

Click here for a narrative explaining how we had got to this point.


2011


 

“Gifts of God” Campaign

This is the flyer from the "Imagining Hope" campaign run during August / Sept 2011.  The "Imagining Hope" program discerned up the four key people groups we are called to serve (Families with Young Children; Children & Youth; Local Community and those serving in Regional and International mission) and explored how we could resources the mission in these areas. 

Click here for "Imagining Hope" Brochure


2011


 

2011 Mission Planning Report

This is the report which was produced from the 2011 mission planning process.  The process included small group meetings, surveys and a church wide whole day discerning process)

Click here for "2011 Mission Planning" Report