Our Vision and Strategic Plan

Summary Statement

The Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church shares the love of Jesus Christ within our membership, around our community, and throughout our world. We are an intergenerational and multiethnic family that values the diversity of people among us, practices Christian hospitality for the strangers around us, and cultivates vibrant fellowship with all who will receive us. We practice listening, learning, growing, and serving so that we can expand our witness and enable people to see our good work and glorify our Father in Heaven. We preach and live the Good News of Jesus to persuade people to respond to the Holy Spirit, to grow in Christ, and to live for God through evangelism, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. We seek to be a vibrant and loving church that grows through membership and discipleship, that nurtures people and families to be healthy and resilient, and that transforms lives for the glory of God.

We dream a future where we …

A strategic visioning team gathered at the church on Friday, 25 February 2011, to engage in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise which results can be useful to building a five- to seven-year strategic plan. Following are elements identified as strengths of the church’s present and dreams of the church’s future.

 

What makes you feel best about the church?

 

When have we done exceptional work?

 

What do you value most about this church?

 

What do you dream for the future? I dream a church that …

 

The following are significant recurring themes that emerged: