HCC 2022 Mission and Vision Goals Part 4: Discipleship

Parts 2 through 6 of the HCC 2022 Mission and Vision Goals series on the HCC blog are going to be about unpacking the “foreground” of the HCC’s 7-year Vision.  Remember that we are looking at the whole Vision like a picture in a frame.  The frame represents the Mission of HCC with its mission statement, values, metrics for success, etc.  In the center of the frame is a picture that represents the Vision proper.
 
Every good picture has a series of focus points.  There is the foreground, the midground, the background, and the horizon (and beyond).  As we think about Vision, we are thinking about it in these same terms, and also adding a timeline to it which is as follows:
  • Beyond the Horizon – 7 Years
  • Back Ground – 3 Years
  • Mid-Ground – 1 Year
  • Foreground – 90 Days
The closer we get to the front of the picture, the more dynamic and detailed the Vision becomes.  For more on this, check out the first post in this series:

 2022 Goals

Hopkins Community Church has main goals (mid-ground Vision) for 2022:
Remember, the Foreground (90-day) Vision elements are not necessarily directly correlated to the Mid-ground (1-year) goals.  Rather, these 90-day goals will help drive us toward achieving the 1-year goals.

 DISCIPLESHIP

Discipleship is the cornerstone of all that we are called to by Christ in the Great Commission.  This “churchy” word gets thrown around a lot in church circles, including here at HCC, with the assumption that everyone knows what it means.  So before we dive in to what we are doing, let’s take a moment to properly define the word discipleship.
 
In the ancient world, the context from which we draw the word disciple, we see it as a reference to a follower or an adherent to a specific teacher.  Being a disciple meant that you followed this teacher wherever he went, very different from the modern day student.  Christianity’s reference to a disciple is specific: “a dedicated follower of Jesus.”  It is a term that is drawn from both the Gospels and from the book of Acts.
 
Many different organizations define discipleship more directly.
Discipleship is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ.  Discipleship is a lifestyle, not something we turn on and off one time a week… – Lifeway Women Website

A Christian disciple follows Jesus, becoming more and more like Him through a life of faith and obedience.  Grow as a disciple who makes other disciples to make Jesus known everywhere… Discipleship is mentoring someone in their faith. If you are a follower of Jesus, He has commanded you… to go and make disciples right where you are. The Holy Spirit lives within you, and the Bible, as well as other Christians, can help guide you. That is what you need for discipleship.  Simply put, disciple-making is about following Jesus and taking others with you. – Cru Website

Discipleship at HCC

One of the Values that drives our Mission and Vision is “Lifelong Growth.”  We are committed to cherishing and enfolding children and youth, and to disciple people of all ages so that all might experience an increasingly full life in Christ.  Living out our value of Lifelong Growth is demonstrated by:
  • Making sure that every young person feels welcomed, valued, and able to connect with others;
  • Teaching and modeling for children and youth what a vibrant, healthy life in Christ entails;
  • Equipping, encouraging, and praying for all who connect with Hopkins Community Church.
This is HCC’s way of describing what Discipleship looks like at Hopkins Community Church.  We think of it as a journey, one where we are always moving forward.  Whether you’ve been following Jesus for 8 days or 80 years, there is always more growth to be had.  There is no point in our earthly lives where we will have “arrived.”  Scripture says in Philippians 1:6, “He who began a good work in you will see it through to completion on the Day of Christ.”  God is never finished with us this side of heaven.
 
HCC has engaged in a number of ongoing ministries that are designed as discipleship opportunities:
  • Sunday School
  • GEMS
  • Cadets
  • Rubies
  • Middle School Youth Group
  • High School Youth Group
  • Small Groups
This year we are also going to be engaging in some new, specific discipleship oppportunties as well:
  • Evangelism Training
  • Profession of Faith Process
  • Mama Bear Apologetics Book Study

 Breaking Down the “Foreground” Vision for 2022 Discipleship

In the first quarter of 2022, our normal discipleship pattern will resume.  Sunday School starts up on January 2.  The Preaching and Sunday School material are drawn from the Answers Bible Curriculum.  We will continue through the book of Genesis with an eye to Apologetics.  All of our ministry groups will resume meeting after the holidays too.  Additionally, several Small Groups will be finishing up from the fall launch while a couple will begin meeting.  Some women from HCC have also volunteered to host a study on the Mama Bear Apologetics book on Human Sexuality.
 
Finally, we are excited to start a new process for students who are desiring to make a Public Profession of their Faith in February.  Pastor Caleb put together a process of learning and mentoring.  Coming out of this, students will have developed a new relationship with their mentor and will have written their own statement of faith!  You can see an outline of the process here: Profession of Faith Process pdf.
 
The second quarter of 2022 will bring more of the same as we continue ministry through may.  Sunday School will be continuing into the summer months as we continue through the Answers Bible Curriculum.  HCC is trialing this new “year-round” approach.  More information about what this looks like as it approaches.  Also New this spring, we will be engaging in coordinated Evangelism Training for HCC.  This will comprise a combination of small group material and a large group event.  We will also have the opportunity to see the fruit of the Profession of Faith process!
 
The third quarter of this year will see continued work in Sunday School, even during the summer months, and preparing for a launch of new Small Groups early in September.  Many of our regular ministry groups will launch again in September as well.
 
Finally, as we close out the fourth we will see our “regular” ministry rhythm return once again as we live into our Mission Value of Lifelong Growth for people of all ages.

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