Hawera Baptist Church exists to: Honour God; Build the Kingdom of God; Connect with our community
After articulating our purpose/mission/reason we exist, we then embarked on an open, prayerful and consultative process of seeking God for a vision that would take HBC into the future. This process began with a simple question asked at our church meeting on 20 March 2011: “What would it look like if HBC were to have 5% Kingdom impact in Hawera by 2020”? This “seed question” allowed us to think, dream and plan for discovering a new vision for the church and the second milestone came as we affirmed our new Vision Statement at our AGM/Vision Night on 3 September 2011:
“Living faith from the inside out”
Alongside this vision statement we adopted the symbol of a Koru to graphically represent our church and the living, dynamic flow of mission and ministry that we want to develop in five focus areas:
Prayer & Worship → Discipleship & Training → Care & Inclusion → Local & Global Mission Resourcing and Administration
“Living faith from the inside out” speaks of who we are, and who we hope to be. It is a frame-work for us to move forward into the future. If our Mission statement is the first lens for what we should be about as a church, then the Vision statement is the second lens—the lens that sharpens our focus and allows us to identify specific ways in which we seek to move forward….but more on that next week.
Blessings to you all. Arohanui, Pastor David AUty