Looking with the eyes of faith to 2028, we see a church which is all for Jesus: he is the object of our affections and the focus of our worship. We exist to bring him glory and love him wholeheartedly. Holy Trinity Huddersfield is not just our church – first and foremost we are God’s church.
So . . . we see a church which is rooted in Jesus:
a people who abide in Jesus, depend only on Jesus, and bear fruit for Jesus. This is a church with deep roots in the Bible, prayer, and worship: where Christ-followers are formed, where leaders are grown, and where maturity in Christ is pursued as whole-life and lifelong disciples. Through listening to and being filled with the supernatural and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, this church is becoming more like Jesus in faithful obedience, loving service and radical generosity.
We see a church which is a devoted family:
different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures who are one in Christ, and whose relationships express the unifying power of the gospel. This is a church marked by our generous welcome and hospitality, and is a safe community of restoration for the poor, the tired and the broken. This is a church who invests in authentic relationships of love, honesty, loyalty and mutual care, where we can be fully known, where weeping and laughter are heard alongside prayer and encouragement. Our deep family love demonstrates to the world that we are followers of Jesus, and that he is at work in the world today.
We see a church which is sent in love and power:
having gathered to worship Jesus, this is a church who scatters, filled up and sent out in the power of the Spirit to declare and share the love of Jesus. This is a humble and courageous church, where all are empowered to speak naturally of their faith in Jesus, to challenge injustice and play our part in God’s renewal of all things. Through the people of this church others experience the transforming love of Jesus, come to faith in him, get baptised, become his apprentices, and find their place in his family.
We see a church which is rooted in Jesus, a devoted family, and sent in his name . . . and this is the church we aspire to become.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”. (Ephesians 3:20-21)