Creative Environments is a broad concept about
connecting people with Jesus, each other and the broader community in ways that
are innovative, and most of all appealing to those who need the hope of Jesus.
These may be environments that are small, large, based around community, the Bible, socialising, learning or eating etc. We want our church to be relevant, accessible and innovative.
There are three key ideas that unpacks this vision:
Revealing an abundant life in our community
In the Penrith area there are many people who are struggling
have an impoverished experience of life. Jesus said, “He has come to give life
and life in abundance.” (John 10:10). The love of Jesus compels us to share the
hope in practical ways – assisting in the domains of practical needs,
relationships, parenting and in other ways. Ultimately our heart is to help our
community to follow Jesus, where abundant life resides.
Embracing relationships between all
Our culture is fractured, isolated and tribal. The Kingdom
of God is a family that embraces all, nurtures all and learns from all. Part of
our vision is to intentionally create environments where all the generations
can love, support and learn from each other. We think this is a picture of the
Kingdom of God that is counter-cultural.
Becoming devoted followers of Jesus
Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “love God with
all your heart, soul, mind and strength." (Luke 10:27). Our vision includes all
of those who are followers of Jesus to become more like Jesus in love,
maturity, generosity and service. These are the marks of Christian maturity
that we are pursuing as a church.