The first question we asked as we look into merging relates to vision. We wanted to find out what the call of God on each church was and were they the same? In order to walk together going forward we need to be walking in the same direction, it's a basic point but quite an important one. It relates to our understanding of what the church is for, what is our purpose and what is our mission? Who are we here to serve, to simply care for the sheep or to reach the lost?
Fortunately, in this case there was complete agreement. Our churches exist to serve God in the north of Shrewsbury, to make disciples and to proclaim Jesus Christ as risen Lord & Saviour, calling people to follow Him. The church exists to be a blessing to the community by demonstrating the love of God to the people in practical ways. The church exists to continue the mission of the church of Jesus.
There are around 20,000 people in this part of the town and there are less than 300 Christians worshipping in the area. The area comprises of 2 of the 3 neediest areas in the town yet opportunities for the Gospel remain significant. We have a clear and united commitment to bring the good news of Jesus to this generation. We just have to figure out how!
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