We’ve been working through a process at Indian Creek called Church Unique. It is designed to assist us in determining or affirming our mission, vision, values, marks (measures) and strategy. This has been a healthy and encouraging exercise for a group of staff and lay leaders. At a retreat last week we rolled out our first draft to our staff, both lay and paid, leaders. It was well received.
A part of the plan is to refine a Vision Mountaintop which is a view of what we pray would happen in the future at Indian Creek. It is a cool story for a different day but we decided to build the vision around Ezekiel 47, the passage that talks about the River of God. Here is what we have so far (we will continue to refine):
Vision for Indian Creek Community Church
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters. Isaiah 55:1
At Indian Creek, we recognize our need for God’s grace and presence in our lives. Apart from God, our lives, hindered by sin, separate us from God and ultimately leave us with a sense of hopelessness. Remember your thirst for purpose and meaning? You probably remember who first introduced you to real life in Jesus. At Indian Creek you can be that person for others thirsty for God’s grace and redemption. At Indian Creek there is living water where all can come and drink.
Fishermen will stand along the shore…spreading their nets. -Ezekiel 47:10
Indian Creek is full of prayerful people, whose confidence in a Holy purpose connects with the needs of the community. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. Our biblical mandate calls us to action. We must live out the love of Jesus when faced with need or opportunity. We reach out to foreigners, widows, orphans, and the poor in addition to our families and friends believing we are one human family with one Father. At the Creek heaven touches earth and earth becomes more like heaven. We understand that Jesus’ invitation to join with him for eternity is open to all but it must be embraced in this life. Now is the time!
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing. -Ezekiel 47:12
At Indian Creek we embody grace, refuge, and hope. We help people unearth their passions and gifts. At the Creek you can discover purpose and your calling in life. Young leaders are developed. Marriages and families are restored and strengthened. Those in need find provision, healing and growth. We know we are blessed to be a blessing. We grow in relationship with God and others so we can give back as we have received. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit there is a revived sense of divine purpose that sends out ripples of impact to our world starting in our homes and eventually reaching the ends of the earth.
There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. Ezekiel 47: 9
Indian Creek is alive with the power of the Holy Spirit and full of freshly redeemed people. As we continue to make disciples who make disciples, new missional communities are launched, new ministries commissioned, new books written, and new music composed. We are the church not just when we gather but as we live on mission every day we impact every sector of our culture with the Good News of Jesus. Businesses will grow more to give more in partnership with Indian Creek. New Indian Creek campuses and churches will be planted locally, nationally and globally.
Creekers are visionaries, joyfully sacrificing to live for Jesus’ mission. When we give our “loaves and fishes” we will see God exponentially multiply “greater things” than we can ask or even imagine. Numbers like 5,000 in attendance and 20 campuses or churches planted will one day seem like “small things” as we witness the Creek turn into a river of God’s grace. Heaven will smile and we will hear the applause of the nail scarred hands.