Message from Pastor Chris Turner 

January 2020

​Church Goals For 2020 – “Serve the Lord with Gladness!”

About October of 2019, the deacons, church staff, and myself began to pray and vision about what direction God would have us to go in this new year as a congregation. Below is a brief synopsis of four goals that I will be teaching and preaching on during January and February of 2020. It is my prayer that these guiding commitments will help us live in this new year with greater intention, direction, and purpose. I also hope these goals will excite you, motivate you, and hold us all accountable for being the best we can be at the Light On The Hill! As we cross the threshold of a fresh 12 months, I’m hopeful for what God has in store for NCBC in 2020!

1) Building/Facilities Goal– Capital Campaign for Family Life Center (1 Chronicles 21:24)

In 1 Chronicles 21:24, we read that the people were instructed to stop bringing contributions for the rebuilding of the temple because they had already generously provided “more than enough” to complete the work. Our aim is for that same level of sacrificial generosity as we seek to build the NCBC Family Life Center in 2020 and be “debt free in a decade.” In order for this to become reality, it will require that we each commit to a “faith promise” which will be over and above our regular tithes and offerings. This exciting addition to our church campus will open so many doors to ministry in our community. We have made this commitment together and we each must give our best effort to pay down the debt. We will be planning a special faith promise weekend which will include a dinner and a powerful worship experience. Please be in prayer and give careful consideration to what level of financial increase you can give.

2) Missions & Ministry Goal – Relational Ministry (Acts 2:46-47)

Throughout the gospels, Jesus modeled relational connections that changed people’s lives. In a similar model, the early church gathered in the temple for worship, but also in homes as they shared life together. God used both settings (large & small groups) to rapidly grow the early church. As we see our world increasingly moving away from organized religion, it becomes harder and harder to get people to seek out a church to connect with—especially in large group settings. That’s where we must return to a highly “relational” model of doing and being God’s church. The question becomes, how can we follow a more Christ-like relational ministry model by connecting with each other (and the unsaved/unchurched) outside of the times that we meet at church?

This goal is intended to 1) create more opportunities for our church members to know each other on a deeper personal level and 2) create increased opportunities for us to intentionally invite un-discipled & unsaved people to our social gatherings. We are already doing some level of relational ministry through our Couples Date Nights, Sunday School outings & fellowships, women’s retreat, and lamplighter’s ministry for senior adults. Through this goal, our aim is to develop small groups of 10-12 people and micro groups of 3-5 people that would get together on a regular basis for sharing life and growing together in Christ.

3) Spiritual Discipline Goal - Serving Others (Matthew 23:11)

Our 2020 Spiritual Theme will be “Serve The Lord With Gladness” adapted from Matthew 23:11 where Jesus taught his disciples that, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” This goal is designed to engage everyone (100% participation) at NCBC in some type of meaningful service to God either inside or outside our church. In order to discern our place of service we will take time to do a Spiritual Gifts Inventory and learn how we can use our spiritual gifts effectively in the ministry of NCBC. Through this process, we will seek to self-evaluate if we are over-serving (burnout), underserving (unengaged), or at a healthy level of service? Some key questions to consider--Is my service to God balanced? Is my service to God more church focused or community focused?

4) Misc. Goal – Improve NCBC’s Digital Presence (Luke 14:23)

In Luke 14:23, the words of Jesus are recorded, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.” How do we effectively compel people to be a part of the amazing ministry God is doing at NCBC? In this day and culture, we obey Luke 14:23 by giving attention to our digital footprint. A vibrant, user friendly, accurate church website is the new front door of the church. An overwhelming majority of people will engage with a church online before they ever engage with a church in person. So in order to fulfill this goal there are 4 major areas of emphasis—1) Revamp our church website to make it the best it can be, 2) Create a 3 minute professional quality welcome/promo video which can easily be shared on social media, 3) Initiate online/electronic giving and educate our congregation on how they can use it, 4) Improve our social media presence and electronic communications.

Each of these are lofty goals that will challenge us. Yet our church leadership trusts that these goals will keep us on the cutting edge of what God is doing in our community and culture. Will you join me in praying for each of these four goals? As you pray, would you ask yourself—which of these four goals am I most passionate about? Once you have found the goal you feel the mostly strongly connected to, please let me know so that I can include you with the deacons and church leaders who are seeking to make these goals become reality in our congregation in 2020.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Happy New Year,
                                                                                                                                                           Pastor Chris