For the year 2017
VISION: UP-IN-OUT To be a celebrative community growing in spiritual maturity and passion (UP), to effectively equip disciples (IN) to purposefully share Christ’s love (OUT). MISSION: Lakeside is an inclusive, loving community of believers who encourage spiritual growth through relevant and challenging biblical teaching and relational evangelism.
P A S T O R S ’ R E P O R T “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” I S A . 4 3 : 1 9 , 4 4 : 3 - 4 These are verses that have come up a number of times in the last few years. They are a picture of flourishing life where once there was a dryness and death. They have encouraged us to live with faith and expectation that God is at work around us. To open our eyes to see new things. To have hearts that embrace and celebrate the evidences of God’s handiwork. Joel Thiessen is a professor of sociology at Ambrose University College in Calgary (where our intern Adam Koning attended) and the director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute. Through their research of churches in Canada they have unearthed three strands that they believe are common to those churches that are growing rather than shrinking. 1. Growing congregations have a clear self-identity; they know why they exist and they have an ethos that is willing to try new things and take risks. 2. There were internal catalysts, such as having the laity actively involved, making sure the place is welcoming and inviting and that there’s diversity across ethnic, age and gender lines. 3. Lastly, Thiessen said it appears flourishing congregations are heavily engaged in their own neighbourhoods. They are part of what is going on around them and involved in important societal issues that affect their neighbours. I wonder, how closely these things describe us? Let’s embrace what God is doing and find fresh meaning and purpose as we live out our calling as a church. Throughout this report we have scattered quotes from individuals from our Lakeside family. Along with the usually financial information and Nominating Report etc. please read these brief testimonies to God’s work among us and give thanks to Him. I N C H R I S T ; P A S T O R K E N D R Y D E N