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During the second month of the first COVID19 lockdown, we began to understand that church life would not and should not return to what it used to be after the pandemic. This period of time gave us a opportunity to slow down, listen to the voice of God and to break away from ideas and ministries which may have served us well in the past but are no longer in sync with the vision and mission of EBC.

Two important aspects became clear in our minds:

1) This was A Kairos Moment For EBC

The word 'Kairos' is a Greek New Testament word meaning ‘the right, appointed time’. For us, this is the right time to make the required changes to ensure that we are relevant as a church to those around us.

 

2) This was A Pentecost Moment For Our Church

At Pentecost, God moved in a fresh, new way. The Church was born and grew phenomenally, and the believers came to experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

 

We  believe that God wants to move in a fresh, new way, similar to that of Pentecost, which will bring:

  • An outpouring of the Holy Spirit

  • Power given to believers for service

  • The occurrence of the supernatural

  • People being saved and added to the church

 

And so for the next few years, the primary focus of our church will be Discipleship and Outreach.

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In order to achieve this, we have identified four areas that need to be developed:

1) A Greater Openness To The Work And Presence Of The Holy Spirit

Through our Sunday gatherings, teaching and conversations with one another, we should seek to create a sense of expectation, anticipation and openness to the work and presence of the Holy Spirit.

2) A Greater Focus On Prayer

We can do this by continuing to develop the practice of regular prayer in our church:

3) A Greater Focus On Discipleship

In Acts 2, we read that the believers dedicated themselves to the teaching of the apostles.

 

For our church to grow, we need to have a firm faith foundation and this is achieved through an effective discipleship programme. As such we are seeking to develop two main areas:

Firstly, we will do all that we can to support one another in our personal study and growth of our relationship with God.

Secondly, we desire for everyone to be involved in a Life Group as they are a foundational part of spiritual growth.

4) A Greater Emphasis On Outreach

Acts 2:47 // "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved".

As part of our desire to see people coming to faith in Jesus, we will be taking some steps.

Firstly, we are going to refocus our existing ministries. Whilst all groups have a dimension of fellowship, this should not be the primary reason for their existence. For the next few years, the primary focus of our ministries will either be outreach, discipleship or both.

Secondly, we want to equip and support people who are passionate about starting new areas of ministry that fit with the vision of the church. The next few years will present different needs to those of pre-COVID-19 days. Issues such as unemployment, financial issues, mental illnesses and loneliness will become much more apparent, and we want to cater for that.

Here are some of the new ministries we will be starting:

  • Debt counselling

  • Courses in response to specific needs (e.g. addictions)

  • Job application coaching

  • School and college ministry

  • IT training

  • The continued development of our Food Bank