We do not want you to settle for a “good enough” life consisting of a decent career, a nice house, and a smiling family. We want you to live your full potential. And we would love to help you get there. We read in the Bible that “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) Inspired by this, we believe that God has a unique calling on each of our lives. He even gives us abilities, talents and the passion to fulfill that calling. Unfortunately, so many people, including devout and committed Christ-followers, never discover their calling or embrace their gifts. Our vision is to help you live your full potential in Christ as you give your live to his calling.
We dream of a church full of people who have surrendered their lives to God, developed their gifts and abilities, and are boldly living out their calling.
We dream of a church where we are constantly investing in people as they take steps toward spiritual maturity.
We dream of a church where our staff and leaders are identifying and raising up leaders.
We dream of a church that helps parents to disciple their kids to follow Jesus.
We dream of a church where kids and students of all ages are nurtured and trained to serve their community and the world.
We dream of a church where everyone is working to change the world.
What does it look like for someone to live their full potential in Christ? Check out this story of one of our members who boldly followed God’s call on her life to reach out to disabled children.
In order to fulfill this vision of helping everyone to live their full potential, we constantly reinforce these values:
We love others recklessly – Following the example of Jesus, who gave his life for us even while we were still sinners, we can only live our full potential, and encourage others to live theirs, as we build relationships and connect with people. We value people over programs. We want our leaders to fill their calendars with relationships rather than meetings and ministry programs. We don’t play it safe. We walk through the joys and messes of life together. We regularly look for someone to meet, to encourage or help. We get outside the comfort of our church building as we love outside of our walls.
We serve others contagiously – Following the example of Jesus, who washed the feet of his disciples, we can only live our full potential as we serve, and as we bring along others to serve with us. We are not content to sit back and watch; rather, we are people of action. We take the initiative. We ask, “how can I help.” Then we help. We believe that serving is a joy, not a chore. So we are not afraid to ask for volunteers. We believe that everyone has something to offer. So we call out the strengths we see in others, and we apprentice them into leaders.
We pursue God passionately – Following the example of Jesus, who stayed connected to the Father, we can only live our full potential in Christ Jesus. We are real about our need for God and we don’t pretend that we have it all together. We acknowledge God for who he is and what he is doing. We give him the credit. We start everything with prayer. We stay hydrated as we spend time daily with God with our Bibles open. We resist the temptation to think that we are doing great things for God; We pursue a close, devoted relationship with God, and we are simply letting God do great things through us.
Our Growth Plan
How do we plan to help you reach and live your full potential in Christ? We like to illustrate the journey to full potential living with a mountain and a path. Like any long and arduous journey, it is important to mark the waypoints along the path. Our Full Potential Pathway outlines the steps you will take as you discover and live your full potential. While the order of the steps might vary from person to person, every step is essential.
Engage the Family – At this first waypoint, we want you to be active in our church family. You will experience a sense of community and be encouraged to take steps of faith. You engage the family of God as you attend weekend worship services, join a small group, and join a ministry team.
Define the Relationship – As you engage the family, we hope you will personally respond to Jesus, accepting what he has done for you and in you, and let him be your Savior and the Lord (or director) of your life. We can help you with one-on-one mentoring, the Hydrate series (where you will learn how to get the most out of your Bible), and then celebrate your new faith through baptism.
Identify Your Strengths – At this point, you are ready to pray, “God, what do you want to do through me?” We want you to discover who God made you to be. At this waypoint, you will take the StrengthsFinder inventory, attend a 5 week Strengths class, and then complete a personal strengths project.
Overcome Roadblocks – You will never live your full potential if you are living with unresolved relational or emotional wounds, addictions, a broken marriage or financial trouble. These are just a few of the issues that will hold you back and block the path to full potential. We want to help connect you with a counselor, support group, recovery group or Financial Peace University class that will get you the help that you need. Along the way you will meet some people who have discovered that their full potential is to help people like you to find freedom and healing.
Leadership Training – Yes, you have leadership potential. Your leadership might never include a title or a paycheck, but we want you to be prepared to have a positive influence on the people around you. We will help you discover your spiritual gifts. We will get you into an apprenticing relationship where you will get on-the-job leadership training and discipleship. We will place you in leadership and make sure you have a coach.
Life Mission Discovery – As your leadership grows, you will begin to discern your life mission. We will also help you to relate to God in new ways, and we will help you customize your spiritual growth habits in a way that will keep you growing and that is consistent with your personality and gifts.
If this seems like a long process, that’s because it is! This full potential pathway is not intended to be completed in a month – or even a one year. In fact, the goal is not to get to the top of the mountain. The goal is simply to take a step towards what is next.
When you look at the waypoints on the pathway, where are you now? What is your next step?
If you are not sure, call us at the church office and ask to talk with a pastor. We will help you discern what is your next step towards living your full potential.