Over the last two weeks at NC we encouraged people to seek God, consider where we are at, and have an opportunity to speak into the life and direction of the church. We considered the early church at worship and saw that everyone had an opportunity to serve and share as they gathered for worship. There were some conditions around things needing to be helpful, tested, and that people are encouraged and built up in faith:
1 Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.
29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
Over both weeks people prayed together in groups and we simply sought to seek what God was doing among us and what he was saying to us.
The general sense is that there are no burning issues or major problems for us at NightChurch, thanks be to God! Here is a snapshot of things that were shared. We encourage you to prayerfully consider them, listen for God personally speaking to you about acting, and be open to what God may be putting on your heart to share with the church. (in brackets are a few random comments from pastor Nicholas)
• Dan F– Allow time for the Holy Spirit to move in services and encouragement for people to use spiritual gifts and share what God is putting on their heart.
• Lachlan H– Encourage youth and teens to get along and participate at NightChurch
• Sarah T– Follow up for people who have drifted off- not just pastors doing this, but pastoral care team- all of us. Also, we might need to be careful not to focus too much on the Res and consider the whole of NC.
• Josie C– Prayer requests and the need to invite them by way of green pew cards.
• Luke E– Apathy…an issue. How do we overcome apathy?
• Ash Moore– Better follow up for people who don’t live in Res/Kew or around NC anymore.
• Jadon D– high throughput of Uni students- good, but stability a challenge with high turnover. NC a great opportunity to have positive input into young professionals lives
• Mel H (Via email)- When praying for Kew Baptist tonight I saw a bird’s eye view of the church. I saw the 2 side doors and the front door flooded with people going from the church. People that were encouraged, inspired and affirmed. People who were BOLD in their faith. People that were confident and not afraid to step out into the uncomfortable to build the kingdom of God. I don’t know where they were all going, but felt like it was both people being sent far and wide but also people sent into their workplaces etc.
My vision for Kew Baptist, for this year in particular is for us to know our gifts, to be empower to test them out and to then be BOLD to use them for Gods glory.
BOLD and SPIRITAL GIFTs where two words that I felt strongly.
• James D– Understanding our heritage and what we have been given by the people at KBC who came before us. We are part of the global body of Christ…maybe we can’t meet every need and demographic, but what is God calling us uniquely to do. What’s our one job for Christ?
I saw a Raging river…people were being pulled out…(is this an evangelistic call?) what is the one thing we can do very well? Young adult and University students are a strength and live all around us.
• Dave P-Discipleship and mentoring are vitally important for young adults.
(Mentoring/discipleship for can be sideways- serving one another with spiritual gifts.)
• David A– 10am started and looked after Res, but this has changed. Who is going to look after the Res now? We could get bogged down on challenges and issues, let’s focus on opportunities.
(Our Willy Wonka moment- ok, let me explain: the KBC younger generation [Charlie] need to receive the mantle and oversight from the older generation [Willy Wonka] to keep the factory going [church] and look after the Oompa Lumpas [Res and other ministries]).
• James C– Res need to be influenced and inspired by NC. Promote Christianity as a good thing.
• Andy H (via Video) – Strength of NC is that we are a group of people genuinely wanting to learn more about the God we serve. We want to do this sharing life together without pretension. People are attracted to the genuine openness to learn more and share our lives with one another. What’s exciting about NC now is the changing demographic with people staying longer and young couples/families appearing more.
• Luke G (via leadership summit) I felt that as I was praying in the week leading up to the planning day that there were two critical hurdles that we need to address at Kew:
1. People wearing masks in church (not being real)
2. Conflict – even for people who had moved on from Kew, the conflict they had been involved in has left scars and divides in the congregation
• Nicholas T– I believe God is calling us to a new level of commitment to prayer, but also other things too. The phrases that I believe God has spoken to me personally, and also for our church are:
1. Revive Prayer (personal and as a church in groups)
2. Renew Worship (recapture a delight and love for the glory and beauty of God expressed artistically and creatively in everyday life and together as a church)
3. Rebuild Community (by way of thousands of real acts of kindness an love, rebuild our church as a place of Christlike love, care and support for one another)
4. Reach Out (take hold of the missional nature of the gospel; The Holy Spirit ALWAYS leads us into mission and acts of love to a broken and needy world)