Sunday, November 06, 2005

The weaving gathers pace

As of next Sunday Tapestry begins what is hoped to be a formal start in a fixed location (or as fixed as we can be)

Should we have a mission statement or catchphrase, here are some samples from various churches

'a modern church built on traditional values'

'Making, Maturing and Mobilising Followers of Christ'

"Our mission is to be a people after God's own heart, who are faithful both to his Word and Spirit and thereby demonstrate a passion for Christ and compassion for His world.

"to impact our world as a distinctive community of believers
transformed by the power and message of Christ."

So what can we say about Tapestry, well I hope we are a community of followers of Jesus Christ, committed to live by faith, to be known by love, and to be a voice of hope. The name of our community comes from the diversity of our members and from the symbolism of a broken and fragmented humanity, disjointed threads which can become a work of beauty, a wonderful tapestry under the artful hands of God. We welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.

What say you!!


Anonymous said...

Mission statements and catchphrases are all very well if you live up to them. I think what you said about us in your last paragraph is as honest a statement as possible about Tapestry in its current form.

I think problems arise when churches choose something 'cos it sounds catchy, or is something they think they should be, but in practice they are nothing like it.


dinsy said...

Well I was going to say that but Gill has said it first! Once you give yourself a catchy motto that tends to define you and you stop wondering who you are and whether you are changing, and even if you should change. And as Gill said you probably aren't it in the first place.

But what do I know? I'm just a loose thread in the Tapestry (or am I only a frayed knot?)


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