OUR COMMON GOAL
This goal “To become a movement of 1000 Healthy Churches by 2050” will encompass several core areas of ministry if it is to be achieved.
This goal informed the development of our vision pictures so we could better understand what the 1000 healthy churches would look like. Our Vision, Values and Goal partner together to explain what we believe, what we need to look like, how we will get there and what we hope to achieve through Christ.
Assisting churches to develop holistic health is key if this goal is to become reality.
We recognise this goal is not attainable in our own strength. God will have to move powerfully across our movement.
Our first strategic priority is to “Encourage the development in our movement of a culture of prayer that underpins all our activities.” It makes a clear statement about our desire to further deepen our experience of and commitment to prayer. Our GEN1K goal cannot be realised in our own capacity and necessitates a sovereign outpouring of God’s grace and power.
This calling is the foundation of ministry and mission and is the underpinning principle of the GEN1K goal. As a movement of churches we are focused on resourcing, supporting and inspiring churches to have a greater emphasis on making disciples that make disciples. This replicating process is the very definition of healthy church and impacts the effectiveness of all GEN1K initiatives.
- Communities replicate faith-transforming disciples
- Leaders are identified, nurtured, equipped and released
- Mission shapes all parts of the community
- The wider community and culture is impacted positively for Jesus.
The GEN1K goal, as affirmed by our movement, calls every NSW & ACT Baptist church to be linked to a church planting project in some way, either directly or indirectly. Church planting is exciting, risky, challenging and rewarding as we see God work in new ways in the lives of people.
The goal of 1000 healthy churches in a generation is closely tied to mission. Mission contributes in two main ways. Firstly, and most obviously, the hope is that our movement of churches will grow through new believers coming to know Jesus, not simply transfer growth. Secondly, evangelism contributes to healthy churches. Generally, churches that are evangelistically engaged are more likely to thrive.
Partnership around the GEN1K goal builds on a church’s affiliation responsibility and calls on churches and individuals to give to this goal – prayerfully, practically with time and gifts and financially.