The vision of the First Baptist Church of Urbana is to be a passionate Christ centered family of faith well balanced in regard to our scriptural purposes of worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism, while:
* Influencing our community, the surrounding area, and beyond for the Kingdom of God,
* Attracting people to live a life of deep Christian simplicity,
* Thriving through strong interconnections between generations, and,
* Reaching increasing numbers of men for the Lord and equipping them for His service.
The following look into the future represents some thoughts on how we believe the church may be impacted as we pursue the vision:
In regard to : "...be a passionate Christ centered family of faith well balanced in regard to our scriptural purposes of worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism, ..."
*A majority of the congregation will have a passion for the Lord and the work He is calling us to pursue. This passion will be evidenced by:
--Worship that is vibrant, holy, expecting, and transforming.
--Discipleship where the majority are practicing spiritual disciplines to aid in spiritual formation, a Life Development Process is in place to encourage lifelong growth, and many are serving as discipling mentors.
--Fellowship is evident through multitudes of authentic relationships, networks of caring, and one on one accountability partners.
-- Ministry is something in which virtually all persons of the congregation are actively involved.
--Evangelism is happening on a daily basis and a passion for missions permeates the congregation.
In regard to, "Influencing our community and surrounding area for the Kingdom of God,"
*People of the church are equipped to be advocates for principles of the Kingdom of God in the community, the surrounding area and beyond.
*People of the church are involved in the city government, county government, the school systems, and other civic areas as servants of the Lord while serving others.
*People of the church are involved in local para-church ministries such as The Sycamore House, The Caring Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Divorce Care 4 Kids, and Operation Rebirth.
*The church serves as a prophetic witness to the community, the surrounding area, and beyond on a breadth of issues relative to the Kingdom of God, while guarding against hypocrisy and self-righteousness.
In regard to, "Attracting people to live a life of deep Christian simplicity,"
*Large numbers of people within the congregation are living lives of deep Christian simplicity that results in living with emotional, physical, financial and time margin; as opposed to marginless living.
*Kingdom values prevail in the lives of individuals and the church, instead of the values of the world.
*Contentment is evident instead of discontent.
*There is freedom from the consumer driven mentality of the surrounding culture.
*Responsible stewardship is practiced.
*This deep Christian simplicity is evident on the corporate level, as well as the individual level.
In regard to, "Thriving through strong interconnections between generations,"
*Significant numbers of people from all generations are represented in the congregation and actively involved in the life of the church.
*People from different generations are involved together in the worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism activities of the church.
*Inter-generational mentoring relationships and helping relationships are common.
*Understanding between generations is pursued and is occurring.
*Respect is given and wisdom is shared.
In regard to, "Reaching increasing numbers of men for the Lord and equipping them for His service."
*Worship, ministry opportunities, and activities of the church are designed to hold appeal for men, without neglecting the needs of women, youth, and children.
*Men are serving as mentors of other men for the purpose of discipleship and spiritual leadership development.
*Men are finding the encouragement and support they need to live lives of integrity and fulfil their role.
*The congregation is well balanced with respect to gender, both in attendance, and involvement in the leadership and ministries of the church.