Vision Statement, Strategic Initiatives and Covenant
We are a church on a hill, glowing so brightly with the light of God’s love that we shine like a beacon, guiding seekers to come inside where their souls are nourished and transformed, growing closer to God. We are a faith family of warm welcome, respectful acceptance, shared joy and tender compassion. We embody Christ’s hope, love and service wherever we go. – June 2014
After a year of listening to the many voices of our congregation and discerning God’s call, the Green’s Farms Church Vision Team forged a statement articulating the values and aspirations of our church. On Sunday, June 1, 2014, the vision was embraced by the congregation, and serves today as the lens through which we look to the future.
Moderator Steve Parrish observes:
Our Vision is about the future, about what we believe God wants us to be. That doesn’t mean, however, that we walk away from our past. The role of Green’s Farms Church in the history of Westport is important to us. Who can forget Allen Raymond telling us that early in our history, this church was the center of our town government, in addition to being a house of worship. But, did you know that travelers, especially sailors, used our steeple—the steeple at the top of this building—as a guidepost on their journeys, helping them understand where they were and helping them get where they wanted to be. And, we are all familiar with the traditions of our church, like the one in our Christmas Eve service when we raise our burning candles, illuminating this entire Meetinghouse. . . . We said we are “a big tent church”. In the words of our Covenant, “a church of the open mind” where “fellowship is not dependent upon identity of theological opinion, or of outward circumstance, or denominational name.” And we said that we are passionate in our desire to take what we have found here and reach out beyond these walls into the local and global communities to share the love of Christ in all that we do…Our Vision can inspire us, but it should also challenge us—as Christians and as a faith community—to think about who we are, what we care about and what God is calling us to be. Our Vision can be the lens through which we see the present and focus on the future, as we decide how to allocate our time, our talents and our resources.
GFC’s vision of a shining beacon presents a dream for our lives: We want to be used by God for something good.
How can this happen?
Strategic Initiative: Deepening Community
In a world of increasing isolation people are hungry for connection. As a church we will build community by growing opportunities to know and love one another and the God revealed in Jesus Christ.
Strategic Initiative: Discovering Discipleship
In an age longing for meaning people want to lead lives of purpose. As a church we will practice the Christian faith by learning about who God is, what He’s about, and how we can serve His world.
These two initiatives are echoed in Paul’s prayer for the church:
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” – Ephesians 3:17
We hereby set forth the principles of the Christian faith as commonly held among us, believing that the foundation for our lives is Jesus Christ.
It is our aim to bring joy to little children, instruction and high ideals to youth, inspiration to men and women in the midst of life and comfort to those in life’s later years; and to work together for the betterment of all people.
Our fellowship is not dependent upon identity of theological opinion, or of outward circumstance, or of denominational name, but grows from a common loyalty to Jesus, a common passion to serve the world, and a common purpose to do justly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.
Our ideal is a church of the open mind, the warm heart, the aspiring soul, and the social vision which ever seeks to express, in all walks of life, the mind and spirit of Jesus.