A Word From Steve Jones
January 15th, 2018
Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here…Without access to my reading glasses, I’m in trouble. I feel blind. That’s why I’ve got a couple in my office and four cheap pairs sitting around the house. I need to find a pair anytime I need to read something. Clarity in my vision is essential if I’m going to be able to read.
The same is true in life. It’s also true in ministry. If my “vision” of a preferred future is “clear”, I’m going to be able to “read” the times with greater clarity, greater accuracy.
We’ve sought to do this over the past year at The Fellowship. Recently, the Fellowship’s National Council approved and gave assent to three directional documents which give greater clarity and direction to the future of the national Fellowship’s three departmental ministries: Fellowship International, Fellowship French Mission and Fellowship Chaplaincy. I encourage you to go to our website at www.fellowship.ca and read them for yourself. They are brief two-page documents that spell out the mission, vision and values of these ministries. The next winter edition of our National magazine, Thrive (formerly The Evangelical Baptist) also features and explains these three directional documents.
The Fellowship’s Vision
I recently met with some Fellowship leaders, including all our Fellowship Regional Directors to continue the work of preparing an overarching directional document for our entire Fellowship of churches, regions, national and international ministries. This is no small task as you can imagine. Please pray for your Fellowship leaders as we complete this important task in 2013.
We retrieved information from hundreds in our Fellowship family throughout 2012 related to the formation of this document. Four different surveys (January-March 2012) were sent out to hundreds; focus groups were held throughout the country asking about and discussing mission and vision (March-June 2012), and a brainstorming exercise occurred at Fellowship 48 (National Convention, November 2012) where delegates got into small groups to discuss the “values” of our Fellowship movement.
All this information (there was a lot of it!) was synthesized and has become the ingredients toward the formation of a single page directional document for our entire Fellowship movement. Pray for your leaders as they prayerfully consider the preparation of this document. I hope to unveil it in the next year as it goes through several stages in its formation process.
Why is this important? Because clarity of vision is essential if we’re going to effectively proceed forward in mission. This document will clarify our vision and shape our identity as a mission organization.
I hope you’ll click on the attachments or go to the Fellowship’s website and spend 10 minutes reading over the three new directional documents for the Fellowship’s international, Francophone and Chaplaincy Ministries. Thanks.
Have a blessed week,
(For your convenience click on the button below to read the documents)