deeper + wider growth at second reformed


In exploring the role and meaning of membership in the changing realities of our culture, we will find a wonderful opportunity to emphasize both commitment and hospitality.  True to our historical roots, Second is a community that has done a good job of welcoming people not always welcomed elsewhere and equipping the gifts of people not always fully equipped elsewhere.  This gift of hospitality is as needed today as it was when we were established as the first English speaking church in Zeeland.  That being said, the tent of hospitality needs to be deeply rooted for it to truly provide sanctuary and comfort.  Our roots are the gospel.  Experiencing and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ is our meaning and purpose.

THIS MEANS THAT DISCIPLESHIP MAKING, COMMITMENT TO BEING CHRIST’S BODY, AND ROBUST THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR FUTURE AS A CHURCH. 

 

DEEPENING COMMITMENT. WIDENING HOSPITALITY.

Below are some practices, values, and priorities that, through the power of the Holy Spirit and a posture of humility, direct us into deepened commitment to Christ and expanded hospitality for those also loved by Christ.

loving God     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨      helping (all) others experience God’s love
living into one’s baptism     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨      exploring what baptism even means
cultivating one’s prayer and devotional life    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨    crafting community in and through prayer
celebration of Christ’s reign     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨      invitation to seekers, cynics, skeptics
prioritizing discipleship-making     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨     prioritizing warmth and welcome
creating a culture of expectation    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨    creating a culture of invitation
acknowledging our sin      ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨      acknowledging everyone’s need for grace
using one’s gifts to glorify God    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨      crafting room for sanctuary and recovery   
venues to mature in the journey of faith   ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨     intersection points for starting the journey   
growing in the knowledge of the Word      ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨      forming community around the Word   
sharing one’s time and talents     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       celebrating the variety of gifts
hunger for justice and peace      ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       room for diversity and discernment
welcoming transformation     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       knowing that all bear the image of God
discipline    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨    gospel
centrality of corporate worship   ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       vitality of being church without walls
being gathered in Christ     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       being “sent” out into world as Christ’s own
challenge       ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨          comfort
finding purpose in God’s mission     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       finding hope in God’s mission
responding to grace (table, word, & font)   ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨     helping people to experience grace
giving fully of oneself     ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨       learning how to love others
always asking “who isn’t yet here/baptized”    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨    reaching towards every tribe, nation...
trusting God with our life and future    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨        sharing the joy we have with (all) others
seeking the health of the overall body    ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨    seeking health for underloved
singing songs, hymns, spiritual songs   ⇩  ⇨ ⇦  ⇨     singing the songs that others love

Our goal is to use the language of "deepening commitment" and "widening hospitality" like a really good musical refrain.  We want to use this refrain in all areas of our ministry and in all areas of our life before God.  It is to be a beautiful, familiar refrain that the whole congregation sings and that the wider Zeeland/Holland community recognizes as our congregation's song of gratitude and participation.