The Saviour will demand not only of me, but of all who labour as teachers of the Word while they wait for His appearing. How terrifying should a shepherd confronted by the Risen Lord of Glory be asked, “Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock” [Jeremiah 13:20]?The flock belongs neither to me nor to any group within the assembly; the flock belongs to the Son of God. This is the basis for Peter’s admonition:
“I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” – 1 Peter 5:1-4
We are about thirty to thirty five people who worship at Harvest City Church. Indo-Canadian Ministry have grown up with the Harvest City Church in Vancouver, B.C. community of which we have been an active and respected part since our inception. From the beginning, we have taken risks to serve the needs of the Congregation and the surrounding community especially in:
• Our mission to families, youth and children, which has been a pillar of Indo-Canadian Ministry.
• Listening to the stories of our brothers and sisters in Vancouver and Surrey,B.C. and responding to their needs.
• The Healing Hands ministry.
• Development of strong, faith-filled lay leadership.
• The passion and joy in serving that has been evident in so much of the mission that has been undertaken over the years.
We are going to renew our nation. Put God back in His rightful place and show the world that a nation under God is a nation that is strong, united and compassionate. And that evil will not be acceptable and will never be able to conquer us.Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Beliefs and Values
Our mission is to introduce people to Jesus Christ and membership in His family, to encourage them in Christ-like maturity, to equip them for ministry in the church and our community, and to commission leaders for the mission of Indo-Canadian Ministry at the church,in Surrey and in Vancouver, B.C.
At this time our community demographics are changing. Public schools are experiencing reduced enrolment of children. Real estate prices have increased so that it now generally takes families with two incomes to purchase homes in the area. Affordable housing has not been built into the community plan. The first generation to settle the area are now seeking the amenities of seniors’ housing and assistance. There is an increasing diversity of people, cultures, languages and faiths on the Mainland– we are now God’s global village.
We are at a pivotal moment at Indo-Canadian Ministry at Harvest City Church. Our Vision statement reflects the reality, hopes, and dreams of the whole Congregation, while leading us to new and re-energized mission initiatives. Indo-Canadians must respond to the changing nature and demographic of our community and our context within that community. The commitment of the Congregation to serve God and community in this time and place is as strong and vital as ever.
The Focus of this Ministry Plan seeks to outline a vision of God’s call to Indo-Canadian Ministry at this particular time in our life and in our history. We have the leadership necessary to move ahead in the initiatives outlined, within the next 1 to 5 years. The Congregation’s strong Vision Statement, and the results of the process that led to that statement, forms the basis of the categories and goals suggested below. The design is meant to be facilitative rather than limiting, expansive rather than restrictive.
Indo-Canadian Ministry is a Congregation whose passions include Worship, Vision, Outreach, Music, Children and Youth, and Education. We value inclusivity, ministry of the Laity, good order, innovation, community mindedness, healing, and having fun together. We care about one another, support each other in life transitions and want to experience our faith being lived out in the way we treat one another. Our deepest desire is to continue to serve God’s call from our location in Harvest City Church, Vancouver and Surrey, B.C.As we work with the wider community near and far, we search to find what the mission for a Christian community is. We are not a community centre. We bring a unique perspective which we believe is life-giving and we want to be able to freely offer our light. We want the Indo-Canadian Ministry to evolve as a ‘movement of the spirit amongst people’ rather than a ‘religious institution’ or a ‘service club’.
Indo-Canadian is a large Community and we receive feedback from people that it is ‘hard to get in’ when a person first comes to Indo-Canadian Ministry. Once in, people feel this is a warm and wonderful Congregation. Therefore, the ministry of hospitality needs to guide our actions and support all other activities and experiences.
Small Group Ministry
Much of the ministry of Indo-Canadian Ministry already occurs when groups of people get together around a particular passion or project or value. This Ministry Plan calls for us to intentionally organize our ministry life into a Small Group Ministry format. This intentional structuring is meant to set an expectation and to invite people to gather in small groups.
Small Group Ministry is and how small groups can work. Small groups are meant to be more than solely goal-oriented groups, but also to serve as another way of doing pastoral care within our Congregation.
In order to ensure that the small groups represent the holistic vision of the Congregation,there are 3 priority areas in which we will positively stimulate small groups. These areas are:
• Learning and Faith Formation
As more people feel empowered to join small groups in the areas of their gifts and interests, we will move towards creating a culture in the Congregation that recognizes:
Ministry occurs everywhere anytime and is done by everyone:
We will have small groups offered within the following areas:
1. Learning & Faith Formation:
This area will include small groups focusing on learning: about theology, faith, ministry and traditional practices, with a goal of becoming ‘informed’ Christians. It will include current study ministries and will have a goal of offering learning opportunities on an ongoing basis so people at all stages of faith growth can find a way to ‘enter’ into learning and to enter into the Congregation. Small groups in this area will be under girded by hospitality regardless of the content.
2. Hospitality, Caring and Healing:
This area will include small groups focusing on hospitality amongst the people within the Congregation, friendship with newcomers, caring with children and youth, caring within families, caring with adult – young, middle and older. Part of a Caring ministry is recognizing our need for healing and so this area will include current ministries of Healing Hands, grief recovery, Formerly Married etc. We will explore various ways to reach out further through our strong healing ministry. This area will also include small groups focused on our church family and church home,including groups working to contribute to the financial well-being and physical plant of the church. We will develop a ministry to and with families which includes being a resource for families in the Congregation and community experiencing difficulties. This will include families with young children, and also families at all stages who are trying to support and deal with physical and mental health issues and other challenges.
In this area, small groups will be offered to facilitate the Ministry exploring ways we could more publicly include a diversity of people – culturally, racially, economically,linguistically and others in our community who may feel stigmatized and/or marginalized. In particular, we will take initiative to be welcoming to people who speak English as a second language, who are not currently affiliated with any other faith community, and would be interested in experiencing worship and learning more about Christianity in English.
Led By The Spirit, We Move Forward
As the Small Group Ministry evolves and grows we will welcome and expect members of the Indo-Canadian Ministry to suggest new topics, new approaches. We will, however,maintain our focus on achieving the key ministry goals we have set for ourselves in this Ministry Plan over the next 5 years. We imagine that each of these areas will include small groups made up of a variety of age groups.Adult Group,Young Adult Group,International Youth Groups and Seniors Group. We will develop the lay leadership needed for all these small group ministries to
We believe in God as eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created and sustains the universe. The eternal purpose of God the Father is to create a people who will bring glory to God forever. God alone is worthy of worship. We believe that God became human in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to restore the world because humans have rejected God in disobedience. Jesus taught and modelled the way of God’s kingdom. He died on the cross, making it possible for us to accept a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the dead, broke the power of sin and death, and frees us to live in obedience to God’s will. We believe that God the Holy Spirit invites all people to be reconciled with God and to join the global family of faith. Believers confess their faith, are baptized, and join in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and guided by the Bible, members of the church seek to live as followers of Christ and invite others to experience this new life. We invite anyone who are depressed, heavy laden, sick or afflicted,need healing,seeking help in relationship, lonely and abandoned. We will help you and pray with you because we love you and we care for you.
Please call @ 604-540 1828 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
God Bless you.
Pastor Peter Chander