HCC 2022 Mission and Vision Goals Part 5: Community Engagement

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.

 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Church of Jesus Christ has always existed, as Jesus did, with an outward focus toward others.  Jesus’ vision on earth was to minister to people.  “I was sent to the lost sheep of Israel,” Jesus says in Matthew 15:24.  He has compassion for the crowds that follow Him in Matthew 9.  When people come to Him for help, He helps them.  John 3:16 is the ultimate reminder of this.  “For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life.”
 
God’s love for the World, for the lost and broken people in it, is precisely what the Church is called to reflect in its mission and ministry.  Moreover, Jesus Christ gave His disciples a command and commission to go into THE WORLD and preach the Gospel (Mark 14:15-16) and to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).  Sadly, the Church in the modern era has often found itself measuring success by the number of people coming into a Sunday service rather than the number of people going out to preach the Good News.
 
As the Vision Team of Hopkins Community Church worked through the process of discerning, one thing that became very clear to the group was the absolute need for a more intentional outward focus in our ministries.  This is why Community Engagement has become a major focal point in our Foreground (90-day) and Background (3-year) Vision Elements.  Every 90 days we look at Community Engagement opportunities with the goal, by the end of year three, of having 6 regular community engagement events that are aimed are serving or blessing the community.  Ideally, most of these would also be outside the four walls of the church building as well.

 Ministry Programs vs. Community Engagement

There has been some conversation about the interplay between the discipleship ministries that we regularly do at HCC and the community engagement that we are talking about as a part of the Mission and Vision of HCC.  Many of the ministries at HCC do have an element of “outreach” already in them as we welcome in people, particularly students, that either does not call HCC home or have no church home at all.  In a lot of cases, these ministries are already fulfilling the Great Commission by discipling people who do not know Jesus (and those that do as well).
 
One thing that sets these ministries apart from the community engagement idea, though, is the movement outward.  The invitational approach to outreach is good.  It should, however, always pair well with an intentional effort to meet people where they are.  Jesus models this well in His ministry.  We don’t see him only teaching in the synagogue or at the Temple, though He does spend time there.  Actually, the majority of His ministry is spent out and about.  Sometimes Jesus is going from town to town, others He is teaching in a house or having dinner with someone.  Always, though, we see Him using these opportunities to have Kingdom conversations. 
 
Scripture teaches that Christ is our model for ministry, therefore we must learn from His leading.  With that in mind, some of the events we are projecting will be ones where we invite others onto the grounds of Hopkins Community Church.  Others, however, will be opportunities to serve and/or bless the community of Hopkins out in the community.  In all of these, though, we must always be on the lookout for opportunities to have conversations that direct people toward the Good News of Jesus Christ.
 
Thinking about events in 2022 is important, but also tentative. We always hold that tension of planning and flexibility.

 Breaking Down the “Foreground” Vision for 2022 Community Engagement

One of the invitational ways that we will be doing community engagement is through the hosting of blood drives.  Though I don’t count this as one of the six events, it is an opportunity for us to use our facility for something that blesses the community and gives everyone an opportunity to bless others.  The dates for these are January 11, March 8, May 10, July 5, September 6, and November 8.
 
In the first quarter of 2022, we are plan to bring back our Annual Indoor Mini-golf event.  This will be held on January 29 in the afternoon at HCC.  Another idea presented was a community euchre tournament.  An event like this would work well in the winter months for sure!
 
As we move into April and the second quarter of 2022, we are planning on partnering with the Hopkins Village Council for the annual Hopkins Spring Cleanup again.  The Clean-up is always held on the Saturday after Mother’s Day which falls on the 14th of May.  Prior to this, we are considering a massive “garage sale” that coincides with the Hopkins Garage Sale day on May 7th.  This feeds both a community engagement opportunity and presents an opportunity for further debt elimination as well.
 
The summer months always provide unique opportunities for community engagement.  HCC was heavily involved in the local 4th of July festivities in 2021.  We will be a part of this again, hopefully to a greater degree than even this past year.  There have also been talks about a possible return of the Car Show at HCC.  Outdoor worship is also a possibility for the third quarter of 2022.
 
Rounding out 2022, HCC is looking at several possibilities.  An organized leaf cleanup assistance for the Village of Hopkins could be a great service project for HCC in November.  There has also been a large number of requests for a “tree lighting” event in the Village; perhaps HCC could bring this event back as well.

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