From the Pastor/Elder Roger Roberts ...
On August 26 & 27 the elders met together for an overnight retreat for a time of prayer, sharing, evaluating and planning. We enjoyed a sense of God’s presence, resulting in unity of thought and heart as we considered what God is doing at IBC Brussels and how we can join him in his work. During our recent members’ meeting the elders shared a statement of vision, mission and core values, which we believe to be a biblical perspective on who we are as IBC Brussels and a strategic guide for our priorities in ministry.
Vision: To see God glorified through fulfillment of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22: 37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Mission: To encourage and equip the church to glorify God, through His Son Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, in the power of the Holy Spirit. The means to fulfilling this mission is through our obeying:
- The Great Commandment to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and
- The Great Commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples at home and around the world.
Core Values: In fulfilling this mission we hold the following as core values:
- Scripture-based instruction
- The power of prayer
- God-centered worship
- Loving fellowship
- Caring ministries
- Servant leadership
- Open communications
- Living missional lives at home and in the workplace.
As you can see from my Preaching Schedule Fall 2011, I plan to preach from the two passages in our vision statement in November, “sandwiched” between completing our series from Exodus, a sermon on intercession on the World Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and an Advent series.
I’m grateful for the ways God is blessing and adding to our fellowship, and pray that he will continue to lead and empower us to fulfill his mission for us at IBC Brussels.
To God be the glory!