Five Ministry Goals of BPC
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4: 18,19
Embracing Christ’s Great Commission, BPC is a service and mission focused community church. Addressing our evangelistic call and charged to serve the least of us, we welcome our support partners, groups and individuals, as well as all those served, to join us in work and worship.
Seeking God’s guidance, gaining strength and support through corporate worship with our expanding church family, we share in God’s vision for our future and build hope, feeding our mutual faith journeys in service to Christ and others.
1. Mission Outpost
“…and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there… They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.” Luke 9: 2-4, 6
We are a ‘mission outpost’ in greater Manchester through interfaith partnerships and non-profit organizations in providing programs and resources that support and minister to community and individual needs through personal relationships.
What ‘Mission Outpost’ means
BPC is a mission-focused community church. Mission is what we are called to do by Christ and it enriches our individual and community faith.
Why ‘Mission Outpost’ is important
BPC’s congregation thrives and shows the most energy/inspiration in mission, in all age groups. People see it, feel it and share it; it is something organic and is alive in this church. This is an effective way for people to learn they have the power to change people’s lives and to become changed themselves as a result.
What makes the ‘Mission Outpost’ goal provocative to BPC
The goal stresses the use of partnerships and personal relationships, which are infiltrating our whole way of being. Our mission trips to places like Louisiana, West Virginia, and Maine have had an enormous impact on our congregation. The goal brings emphasis back to the tremendous needs in our local community, but expands beyond Bedford to the greater Manchester area. The word outpost means we must be present… not just donate money.
2. Varied Worship
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150
We offer multiple and varied worship experiences in our Sanctuary and Chapel.
What ‘Varied Worship’ means
Worship is the center of our life together. We seek to provide new, creative, and inspiring ways to experience God’s presence and Word together.
Why ‘Varied Worship’ is important
We recognize that people’s lives are enriched through varied forms and different expressions of faithful worship. God calls us to reach out, and draw everyone into God’s home and loving care. Individuals can connect in wide and wonderful ways when there is variety in worship.
What makes the ‘Varied Worship’ goal provocative to BPC
We have a firm foundation in our traditional service, and it is a challenge to stretch and try new things. We are reminded that all people have gifts in leading and presiding over worship, and also have preferences for how they experience worship, which drives us to create new venues, new holy spaces such as a chapel, and new worship experiences.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” Colossians 3:16
People advance their faith journeys through an intergenerational Academy for Spiritual Formation and Life Skills.
What ‘Academy’ means
We would like the Bedford Presbyterian Church to have increased opportunities “to challenge each other to be faithful, and to commit to our personal and collective growth.”
Why ‘Academy’ is important
Faith and personal growth is what makes us better Christians and world citizens. It is a lifelong journey. We are a work in progress. We want to grow holistically – body, mind, spirit to serve Jesus and each other more faithfully and passionately.
What makes the ‘Academy’ goal provocative to BPC
Calling and thinking of this as an educational institution, an academy, within our church greatly expands the scope of the possibilities this brings to our lives as engaged Christians, helping us become our best selves. It also brings people of faith together in educational opportunities that are not limited to Christian education, but also other forms of personal growth. The needs and opportunities must exist for all ages, and can bring generations together to learn from each other.
4. Parish Life
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Our Parish Life Ministry enriches lives through fun, recreation, and small group activities. We are a community ‘living room’ providing a gathering place to nurture Christian fellowship and supportive relationships that span the generations with special emphasis on youth and seniors.
What ‘Parish Life’ means
Being Christian is a joy and one of our callings is to “glorify God and enjoy him forever”. This extends to our church family. We like each other, we like to be together, and we like to have fun together.
Why ‘Parish Life’ is important
Coming to church is like coming home. How we live our lives together as a church family, is one way to include and involve the community we live in, and respond to the evangelistic call of our faith.
What makes the ‘Parish Life’ goal provocative to BPC
Thinking of our church as a ‘living room,’ helps us connect with each other. It expands our notion of how facilities are used, and helps us find ways be comfortable and inviting to guests. The specific mention of youth and seniors in our Dream sessions addresses two groups that are in particular need of safe and caring places to meet and share life together.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
We have an infrastructure in place to realize and address the needs in our congregation, community and the world through a culture of sharing that matches gifts, skills, and technology in creative ways to fund and resource our mission and ministries.
What ‘Infrastructure’ means
Infrastructure refers to the foundation or cornerstone that allows us to accomplish ALL of our Ministry Goals. It represents all the resources and capabilities available to us, known or unknown, yet to be tapped.
Why ‘Infrastructure’ is important
In the midst of growth and change, we need a dynamic foundation (moving, growing, changing). Having the resources to support our mission and using them the best way possible is crucial to all our Ministry Goals.
What makes the ‘Infrastructure’ goal provocative to BPC
A ‘culture of sharing’ is where transformation begins, transformation that will bring to life places, resources and talent never touched before. Bringing focus and attention to our infrastructure enables and inspires creative and entrepreneurial ways to accomplish what God is calling us to do.