1. By 2025 our membership will more than double in size, one precious individual at a time.
Acts 2:41,42 ”Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church about three thousand in all. They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer:” MH 143”Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’” COL 229 To every soul Christ’s invitation will be given.
Further study: Acts 2:47; 5:14; Mt 3:10; John 15:1 10; COL pp 3394
2. By 2025 more than 70% of our congregations will be healthy, disciple-making churches through community focus, pastors equipped as servant leaders, members equipped and empowered to do the work of ministry and churches reproducing themselves in other localities.
Acts 6:7 “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” RSV; DA 523”The joy of seeing souls redeemed, souls eternally saved, is the reward of all that put their feet in the footprints of Him who said, “Follow Me.”
Further study: Ephesians 4:8-12; 1 Cor. 12; Romans 12; COL 325364; 376389
3. By 2025, each community or people group of 20,000 or more will have a Seventh-day Adventist presence.
Acts 1:8 “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” COL 229”We are not to wait for the souls to come to us; we must seek them out where they are.”
Further study: COL 212242
4. By 2025, each school will be strong spiritually and academically, will be disciple-making and will be one of the greatest assets to the local church constituency.
Mt 18:4 “Anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” ED 271 “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!
Further study: Ed pp 150; FE 202
Integrity: Living a life of transparency
“A fine sense of one’s obligations.” “The courage to meet the demands of reality.”
Honesty– telling the truth and leaving the right impression; (Prov 11:1 “The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty).
Congruence– no gap between intent and behavior; (1Tim 6:14 0bey his commands with all purity. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ returns).
Humility– more concerned about what is right rather than about being right,about acting on good ideas than having the ideas, about embracing new truth than defending outdated position, about building the team than exalting self; (Phil 2:3Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself).
Courage– doing the right thing even when it is hard; (1 Thess 2:23…We had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition).
Spirituality: Living a life "in Christ."
Kingdom principles as foundation for direction and decisions;
(Mt. 6:33 He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern).
Involved consistently with spiritual disciplines; (1 Tim. 4:7 Exercise daily in God. No spiritual flabbiness, please! MSG)
Living a lifestyle of discipleship; (James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says).
Readiness to change as He directs; (Ps 139:2324 Search me, 0 God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life).
Accepting of each other as we are accepted by God: (Eph. 1:6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son).
Service: Living a life of servant leadership
Understanding what it means to “Go… ” and living it out; (Mat. 28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…).
Working within spiritual giftedness; (1 Peter 4:10 God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you).
Equipping; (Eph 4:12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ).
Take initiative to meet relevant needs; (Mt 7:12 Do for others what you would like them to do for you…; John 13:4,5 S0 he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him).
Team: Living a life of common cause
Togetherness in Purpose (Acts 4:32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. John 17:20,21 I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are oneas you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me).
Energized by God’s Spirit (2 Peter 1:3 As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. Acts 2:32,22 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
Accepting of each other as we are accepted by God (Acts 15:8 God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. Rom. 14:1 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong).
Shared Vision Mission is championed by all and above all (Phil. 1:27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.)
Excellence: Living a life exceeding others' expectations