How We Inspire — 2017-2018
Our Vision: To be a joyful people who INSPIRE by sharing life in Christ.
Our Mission: We GATHER beneath our steeple, GROW in the love of God and are SENT by the power of the Holy Spirit to INSPIRE with joy.
Our prayer for 2017-2018 is: LIVING GOD, RENEW AND TRANSFORM us. That prayer draws us through the DOORS of our congregation to renew heart, soul, and mind. That same prayer sends us to transform our community through the renewal in our lives.
The work of our congregation will renew and transform according to our three STRATEGIC INITIATIVES.
That focused work will be spiritually fed by our COMMON SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: In this year marking 500 years of Christian Reformation, scripture will guide our renewal and transformation one verse at a time. ONE VERSE of scripture, uniquely chosen for every week, will focus our worship and online devotional life throughout the year.
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES (our current emphasis for ministry and mission):
We INSPIRE the youth of our community.
We INSPIRE new generations for leadership and witness.
We INSPIRE a culture of abundance.
Our congregation is a catalyst for Good News in Lake County. Since 1869 we have inspired service, vocations, and spiritual growth among families and individuals of every age and every station in life. The great spire of our church steeple is a distinctive hallmark and identifier in the community. We use the word INSPIRE to identify, unify, and motivate our congregation. A simple line drawing of our steeple connects with the word INSPIRE as an icon designed to start conversation in the community about our life together. We use both word and icon in a uniform way throughout our written and visual communication of the church. The word, INSPIRE, initiates creative reflection about the way we live our Christian life both together and as individuals in the community.
We invite everyone in our congregation to consider, “How will our life together INSPIRE you?”