Dear Congregation, January 31, 2019
As we celebrate the launch of Strengthening Meaningful Connections with Christ Church and Community on Sunday, February 3, we realize that the real work begins following the launch. Our Vision is clear, but how we will fulfill and live into this vision is something we will discover together. We expect the specific strategies, development, and new initiatives to emerge from the congregation as we pray, listen and discern together how God is leading us. SMC pastors we are here to guide, equip and encourage, but we expect ideas and leadership to arise from our fellow servants of Jesus, the priesthood of believers, the laity. That's why it is vitally important that everyone take part in this process if possible.
We would like to invite you to take part in one of three meetings to explore together how we will live into SMC CCC. We encourage everyone to sign up and attend one of these meetings. They are open to all who consider SMC their church home. In small group discussions we will explore:
Please sign up here for one of the following dates:
Let’s continue in fervent prayer that the Lord will guide, direct, give us courage, and strengthen us to follow him!
In Christ ~ Pastor Tim Bentch
We believe that God desires to develop a thriving center of Anabaptist mission and ministry at SMC that is multiplying Christ's love by drawing persons to Christ, helping them to grow in grace as followers of Jesus and preparing them for fruitful ministry as we seek to be an equipping church in the Indian Valley and surrounding regions.
Souderton Mennonite Church is strategically positioned at the corner of Chestnut Street and Wile Avenue and in the Indian Valley region to serve God's mission for this time and in this place. God is gathering a diverse but purposeful and prayerful group of persons spanning all age groups as well as a variety of backgrounds to share God's love with our community.
We have a sense that God is real in our lives and He has a plan for our lives and our church. We talk about what the Lord is doing with us and among us. Joy and grace are evident in our worship and in our living. Spiritual discernment is constantly being learned and based in prayerfulness, the study of the Bible and gracefulness. People are hungry for something real. (Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 1:18-22)
People with their own unique style and experience are welcomed and accepted...differences are embraced. The congregation offers a safe place for anyone's challenges and struggles with sin. We want to offer grace and healing through knowing Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 26-27; Philippians 2:1-4)
We function with the understanding that every member is a minister. All people will be invited to serve according to their gifts and passions regardless of their gender, generation or popularity. We want to empower people and release them to find fulfillment in their lives as they minister God's love to others. (1 Peter 2:5,9; Ephesians 4:4-14)
We understand the necessity of change as we seek to be a missional church in our current context. We are learning how to cultivate an environment that remains open to change. We trust God's Spirit to guide us and challenge us to be transformed into a center for mission. (Matthew 9:17; Acts 2:17-21)
Innovation is welcomed and encouraged. Ideas are appreciated and linked with others. We want to foster a "let's give it a try" attitude in the church. Consistency and continuity is balanced with adaptability toward the anticipated future God is leading us into. (Acts 10:9-29; 16:6-10)