Our vision is ... to be a group of churches who plant and grow healthy, vibrant churches which aim to see many saved and changed for the better. We aim to combine effective church activities and the miraculous power of God. We often summarise this as: Touching Heaven; Changing Earth.
Our activities as a group of churches therefore focus on six key areas.
Every person was made to have a life based in relationship with God including encounter with hm, their heavenly father. Therefore as a region we actively encourage this in individuals and churches, and arrange events to support this.
Every person and every church was made to be fruitful, and our fruitfulness is a result of us living in faith, and growing in faith. As a region, we seek to help each church develop and grow a faith approach to life. Sometimes this is with larger gatherings, such as our annual celebrations, sometimes it's through behind-the-scenes support, encouragement, and prayer.
One of our joys is to see growing connections between people in other churches. It enriches our life, and as a group of churches we try to help relationship between the churches, and with churches in our wider network, and with churches further afield. We love it when people with similar gifting or calling find and support each other!
Everyone has good days and bad days. Every church has times when things a flowing well and times when things are more challenging. As a group of churches, it's our joy to stand with one another, in prayer and in practical ways, through the ups and down of life. We seek to ensure that every church leader has the support they need around them, and there is a weekly prayer time for them, where they can support each other - a small group for church leaders in some ways!
Training and development
Some training is easily and well done in the local church. Sometimes it is far more effective to do it as a group of churches, and we actively seek to do that, providing training and mentoring in some areas. Sometimes we do this with our wider Salt and Light Advance network.
Matthew 28:18ff commissions us to go and make disciples, and by working together we can help each other keep our focus on this. We can be more strategic about church planting, as well as helping each local church to have increasingly effective outreach strategies.