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1 “It is the subject of my earnest prayer to Almighty God,..... especially do I beg of you to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our parish, that this new effort made in the Saviour’s name may be the means of bringing many souls to Him, and of building up believers in our holy faith.” Rev George Goodman, 1890.

2 To make and grow followers of Christ and as His people, to be an expression of God’s love to the World

3 (1 Pet 2:4-12 NIV) {5} you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

4 {9} But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,.... that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

5 {12} Live such good lives among the pagans that,... (though they accuse you of doing wrong),... they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."

6 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.”

7 By 2010, 500 Missionally engaged people Following Jesus M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations Within St Matthew’s community

8 By 2010, 500 people Family Work School Sport club Neighbours 4 years “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” 1000 by 2014; 2000 by 2018; 5000 by 20??

9 By 2010, 500 people Praying for and expecting opportunities at work/home/school/sport/next doorPraying for and expecting opportunities at work/home/school/sport/next door Prayer walkingPrayer walking Researching your target communityResearching your target community Being aware of not-yet Christians who are open to youBeing aware of not-yet Christians who are open to you Connecting with the poor and marginalizedConnecting with the poor and marginalized “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.”

10 Standing up for social justice or environmental issues in your community and the world Standing up for social justice or environmental issues in your community and the world Going in pairs to bless strangers and form new relationships Going in pairs to bless strangers and form new relationships Looking for and taking openings in your relationships in the “real” world Looking for and taking openings in your relationships in the “real” world Introducing people to Jesus Introducing people to Jesus Missionally engaged “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.”

11 Following Jesus Praying Reading the bible Healing Reconciling Giving Serving

12 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations We live in an individualistic societyWe live in an individualistic society The nuclear family may well be a thing of the past, yet our greatest heart’s desire is to belongThe nuclear family may well be a thing of the past, yet our greatest heart’s desire is to belong The key element of growth in the church is small groups – the place of belongingThe key element of growth in the church is small groups – the place of belonging

13 Fellowship Fellowship Encouragement and exhortation Encouragement and exhortation Teaching and Bible application together Teaching and Bible application together Strong, open relationships Strong, open relationships Mutual support, nurture Mutual support, nurture Accountability Accountability Giving and receiving Giving and receiving “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations

14 Resources Belonging M-PodsClustersCelebrations

15 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” Within St Matthew’s community Recognising that networks of relationships go beyond geographical boundaries Resourced by all the ministries we currently do, like: Prayer Ministry; Worship; Pastoral Care; Administration Op-Shop; Breakfast Club; Playgroup; Monday bread; RE Alpha; Lifeshapes; Lost For Words

16 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” Relationship Goals “up” to God 1. All members tithing 2. Church tithe to 10% (2006/7) 3. Lifeshapes (at least twice yearly)

17 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” Relationship Goals “in” to each other 4. Numbers of & in M-Pods to double 5. Develop Clusters 6. Seniors Pastor (2008)

18 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” Relationship Goals “out” to the world 7. Alpha (at least twice yearly) 8. Youth evangelist (2007) 9. Grow to 500 (2010)

19 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” The numbers behind the Vision To run St Matthews, (this current financial year 2005/6) it cost about $254,000. To meet the financial call of our Vision, (for 2006/7) it will cost about $302,000. For that extra money we will get: 1.Continued, paid, Parish 20hrs (Richard) 2.Young Adults Ministry extended from 2 to 3 paid days (Matt) 3.A Youth Evangelist (half time) towards the end of If we continue to achieve a 21% increase, the following year, 2008, we will get: 4.A Seniors Pastor (half time)

20 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.” ~ $50,000 extra is required, from now on, each year, (21% ^), in order for us to keep growing. 100 people can increase their offering by $10 per week, or We can all Tithe. Either way we will achieve the Vision

21 “By 2010, 500 missionally engaged people, following Jesus and belonging in M-Pods, Clusters & Celebrations within St Matthew’s community.”


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