For many years, generations of faithful people at Turramurra Uniting Church have been responding to the call of Jesus and discerning the best ways in which we can help each other in our church family to live faithfully to the call of God. As our community and society continue to change, it is important to reevaluate our church’s mission. During 2017 our Church Council has worked hard to prayerfully discern a Mission framework which will help shape our mission priorities in the next era of our church life. This Framework is explained in detail in the 2018 Vision document which you can download here.
During April this year, our church held some Mission Planning session where we came up with a lot of practical ideas that we as a church could do to help bring our Vision to life ... an awesome long list of creative and innovative ideas. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity or resources to do everything so we "prioritise" the ideas by discerning what God was wanting us to do first. Our proposed Mission Priorities for 2018 are also listed below.
As a congregation we have four long-standing mission principles which we take up as part of the mission framework. These principles assist us in shaping our life & witness and our understanding of discipleship. Framing these principles are the commandments and commission of Christ—to love God and love our neighbours as ourselves and to be disciples as well as disciple one other. These create the mission space for all our activity and endeavour as a church.
As you are going out into the world, make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31
For the next era of ministry and mission at TUC, we discern that God is leading us to centre all that we do around the core of
Faith and Discipleship - deepening our own faith and discipleship and growing faith and discipleship in others.
Around this core will be three foci which we will prioritize:
Children, Youth and Families – building faith and discipleship in children, youth and family
Generations – pastorally and spiritually supporting those who are moving through key transitional points in life, especially our seniors
Community Engagement – building a sense of community and connection within both our church family and local community
2018 Mission Priorities
Five ideas that we will start work on immediately:
- Run an Alpha and a Youth Alpha Course
- Social Events for Church & Local Community
- Playgroup / Mother's Support Group
- CareNet Program for Seniors
- Resourcing the Bible Study/Home Groups
Six ideas that we will start work on as soon as one of the first five idea is completed or implemented:
- Adapting the Chapel into a "Venue"
- A Welcoming Church Foyer
- HUB Idea
- Rural Connection
- Community Engagement Team