"Our Vision is to see the communities of Reading transformed by the life, love and power of Jesus Christ"
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We want to see transformation in ALL of our communities - local areas, different age groups, diverse people-groups , and every sphere of activity in which God's people live out their lives impacted with the Good News of Jesus. This begins with personal transformation as we encounter the living God in our own lives, and overflows to affect the whole created order, bringing blessing to every area of life. Because RCN is a network of churches and Christian organisations we are working together and learning how to affirm people in they're calling and connect them with an area of service that will help transformation by being good news to the communities. The signs are good. After nearly 17 years of praying and serving together, we have seen crime levels drop, Reading has been reported as being a town with a growing number of employment opportunities and is one of the most popular towns for overseas investment. We anticipate further signs of transformation across the Reading area;
Signs of Transformation:
Churches loving God, loving each other & growing in numbers & in influence as men, women, youth & children are saved, added & discipled Schools where order and discipline reign so that children and young people can fulfil their potential as they learn Business life infused with kingdom principles and standards so that wealth is generated and recycled for the blessing of all not just a few and helping to reduce poverty Crime and corruption diminishing throughout the community Social entertainment based on goodness not empty pleasure-seeking Politics built on trust and respect, family life strengthened and supported, Arts and the media projecting creativity in praise of the creator ...And so on through all the spheres As we, the body of Christ in Reading, stand together in praise, thanksgiving, worship and intercession, we seek God's blessing on our town and surrounding areas through:
Joined-up LeadershipBuilding a strong networkof leaders in all spheres across the town. Joined-up Strategy Planning and the Prophetic in harmony Joined-up Mission Personal evangelism, social action, workplace ministry and broader mission all embraced Joined-up "Ownership" Embedded involvement at local church level Seeing our part in the big picture Joined-up Visibility Raising the profile of all the good things that church is doing in the eyes of media, politicians, other agencies and wider communities.
"So let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" Matthew 5 v 16
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