Come on out to the Kocak’s home
at 763 Patriots Way in Medina
This Sunday from 5-7 PM
For a tasty warm meal and
To hear what is next for our Church Plant.
By the end of Sunday’s presentation my goal is that you will:
- Know where we have been, where we currently are at, and where we are going as a church plant.
- Know the mission of Plant Medina and how our church plant fits into it.
- Get to know our church’s values, what our services will be like, the meaning of our name, and how you can serve.
- Be introduced to Missional Communities: what they are, how they meet, and where our first one will begin.
- See what’s on the Calendar for rest of 2011
- The Midterm and Longterm goals of Plant Medina and St. _____ Anglican Church.
Last week we met at Bill and Whitney Stafford’s home for a meal and our latest vision alignment session on Celtic Christianity. Previously during these vision alignment sessions we have discussed community, church, culture & values, and mission. As we move from our casual gatherings the past two months to a more intentional way of being and doing church in October, I will be looking at two examples from early Anglicanism: the Celtic Way and the Roman Way.
You can read the Lorica of Saint Patrick here and download the handout from Sunday’s gathering on Celtic Christianity here.
Over the past six weeks we have been having “vision alignment sessions.” During these times we share a meal, pray, hear how God is active in our lives, hear Scripture, and discuss a topic relating to church planting: community, church, culture & values, and most recently mission. Before we began our conversations last Sunday, we watched a video on mission and heard a wonderful testimony of how one member from our church plant was connecting with her co-workers. Below are some thoughts on mission harvested from our session.
What does this have to do with Plant Medina? Our mission is to participate in the mission of God: of announcing the redemption that is only made possible in Jesus Christ. At Plant Medina this mission looks like an intentional desire to grow (mature) in our relationships:
- with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (upward)
- with Family: biological and spiritual (inward)
- with Neighbor: actively and intentionally loving those in our broader community (outward)
On Sunday we continued our “Vision Alignment Sessions” focusing our discussion on Culture and Values. This session builds on our previous conversations about “community” and “church.” We weren’t focusing so much on “what is culture” and critiquing our broader secular, American culture, but wanted to think about how a church culture influences values. How do we create a church culture that allows for our claimed values to flourish? We began our discussion watching a parable on modern church culture, so I’d recommend checking it out before watching the recap below.
On Sunday we continued our “Vision Alignment” series talking about “Church.” After a time of eating together, prayer, reading scripture, and singing we watched this short video on “What is the Church.” Not that we agree with every comment in the video, but it opened the floor for a time of honest sharing, encouragement, and truth telling.
In the coming weeks we will be discussing the following topics: values and culture, Anglican distinctives, worship, and leadership. You can download our “roadmap to retreat” for more information.
Yesterday we began a series of “vision alignment” discussions where we will be discussing some of the dynamics of our church plant. Due to people’s schedules, summer vacation, and jobs I am going to be doing video recaps to try to summarize some of what we talked about.
Before you watch the video below, I recommend you revisit one of our previous posts, a video post on Airplanes and Missional Community . This will help give you a context for the recap video.
In the coming weeks we will be discussing the following topics: church, values and culture, Anglican distinctives, worship, and leadership. You can download our “roadmap to retreat” for more information.