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Capital Vision 2020
In 2012 we began a journey together to renew our vision for serving Jesus Christ in this great World City over the coming years. Over 1500 people were involved in discussions, conversations, tweets or emails seeking to reflect on the times we live in, to listen and to respond. These contributions have all been captured and distilled into our Capital Vision 2020, a call to be Christ-centred and outward looking. Some of the contributions are available here.
Three major themes emerged as our Capital Vision 2020
- Confident in speaking and living the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father
- Creative in reaching new people and places with the power of the Spirit
Associated with these we have identified 10 areas where we as a Diocese must be sharper, more purposeful and more imaginative and where we will aim to move forward between now and 2020.
Capital Vision 2020 was approved by Diocesan Synod on 19 March 2013. It will be formally launched in a great assembly at St Paul’s Cathedral on the evening of 6 June 2013 including churchwardens from every church across the Diocese.
Confident in speaking and living the gospel of Jesus Christ
London is changing. But the gospel is as relevant as ever. In our noisy city we want the good news about Jesus Christ to be heard. In our everyday conversations. On Twitter. On Facebook. On TV, radio, in newspapers & magazines. In our universities, in Parliament, in pubs.
We want to change the public conversation about God. But also about poverty. About justice in the worlds of business and finance.
We want not only to speak the gospel, but to live it. To support God's people as they live and work in London, asking where God is already at work and joining in.
Compassionate in serving our communities with the love of God the Father
London is lonely and compassion is often missing. We want to have a fresh and bold vision for local church in the heart of fragmented communities. New communities and communities of great history.
We want to stand as a distinctive voice speaking for justice and mercy across London, but also as friends and neighbours within our communities, practically making a difference.
We recognize the amazing resource God has given us in our buildings and are challenged both to get out of our buildings and move into our communities but also to open those buildings generously to our community as a place of rest and peace and community.
Community is not just geography, we all live in many communities – home, work, school, pub, gym, football, online, offline – and we want to serve these communities too. We want to focus on the frontline of life – where people are each day.
Creative in reaching new people and places with the Good News in the power of the Spirit
We’re called to make disciples of all nations. But much of London has never encountered the Good News.
Audacious vision, swiftly executed with every ounce of love strength and capacity we have. We want to get out and take risks. We know we need to look beyond our walls, go, serve and bring others to Christ.
We will be more creative in starting or renewing churches in places and for people where there are huge possibilities of sharing the Good News.
London is a young city. But most are unfamiliar with the Christian narrative. We want to give every young person the opportunity to engage with the Good News for themselves.
Pray for Capital Vision 2020
Please pray that we would be Christ-centred and outward looking, and that by 2020 we would be
- more confident in speaking and living the gospel of Jesus Christ,
- more compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father, and
- more creative in reaching new people and places in the power of the Spirit.
You have called us to be salt and light in this great city;
Guide us by your Holy Spirit to discern your will for your Church
as we seek to follow your Son Jesus Christ in loving and serving our neighbours.
Give us the wisdom and strength to fulfil the vision you put before us
and help us to play our part in transforming our earthly city into a sign of the Heavenly Jerusalem
where you live and reign, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God now and for ever.