We don’t choose or set our vision for what we will be, but rather the Scriptures reveal it to us. Given that reality it would be easy to simply say, “The Scriptures are our vision,” and let that be that. However, to do so would minimize the uniqueness of each assembly that Christ gathers as He build His church. What He is doing here in our context, in a very general sense, is the same that he is doing all over the planet; but here…is not there! Our vision then, is not unique in a global sense, but is simply the Word-born, global-church vision stated in language that we understand in our context of rural Ohio. After much consideration of the Word of God, the elders were drawn continually to the Great Commission as a basis for the below vision statement.
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Many of the same things that could be said for vision in the church can also be said of mission. Vision (what we will be) and mission (what we are doing), for the Christian Church, find their root and reality in the Scriptures. As the elders considered this, they were again drawn back to the Great Commission. They desired to state what it is that Christ has us doing here in the Miami Valley of Ohio in language that both made sense to us, and that we could readily explain.
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Core Values explained
We pursue our vision and mission as one governed by the Scriptures and with uniqueness. As Christ builds His church He draws people together who express Him in unique ways. The following values are not “big ideas” that we aspire to but rather, after much prayer by your elder team, feel the saints Christ has gathered at Grace Church uniquely express by being who God has made us to be in Him. Simply put, they are not aspirational (we don’t strive to them), but rather they are expressional (by the power of the Spirit of God we embody them by simply being who we are in Christ, by faith). By our faith in Christ, we are simply “made things”. To help us remember this, each core value has a corresponding identity attached to it that our faith in Christ brings to be. We express them as a means to both govern and to motivate us forward in our mission with a singular focus. As we value these things together, because of who we are, we can rally around the Gospel for the glory of God with purpose and vision!