In the next five years, we will see disciples made to the fourth generation as a result of saturating Barnstead and the surrounding ten towns, which includes 50,000 people, with the Gospel.
Our state is regularly at the top of the list of the least churched and irreligious states. This does not discourage us. It motivates us! With so many who do not know God, we have a great opportunity!
We desire to see people’s lives spiritually transformed. We will mobilize and collaborate with other churches to ensure that every man, woman, and child has repeated opportunities to respond to the Gospel right where they live, learn, work and play.
Four generations of disciples is based on 2 Timothy 2:2 and is a clear indication that multiplication and not addition is occurring. We firmly believe that God is already at work in these communities and it is time for His church to get on board and be a part of what He is going to do!
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
– 2 Timothy 2:2
We will own the lostness of those in Barnstead, Farmington, New Durham, Alton, Gilmanton, Loudon, Pittsfield, Chichester, Epsom, Northwood, and Strafford. Focusing on these communities expands our vision of geographic saturation from Barnstead (population 5,000) to ten additional communities (total population 50,000).
“In light of God’s grand vision already recorded in Scripture, any smaller vision of a better intermediate future is not new at all. It is, in a sense, already His. Therefore, our visions of a better future come from Him as orchestrated steppingstones to get us to His ultimate one.”
– Will Mancini
To move us towards our vision we have set a goal to invest 5,000 hours in gospel-intentioned community engagement in 2023.
We want to engage with people where they are and give them repeated opportunities to respond to the Gospel. It is our prayer that as we go we will gain clarity on how God is working so that we are better able to join Him where He is working and invest in those He is already drawing to Himself.
To help us track how our church is engaging and how many hours we are investing, please share every time you are engaging the community with Gospel intentionality. Use the button below to take you to the reporting tool.
FAQ for filling out the community engagement report:
How do I know if I should submit a report?
If you can answer yes to the below three questions, then please submit a report.
- Did you engage with a lost person/people or someone who is not living in obedience to God?
- Is the person(s), family, group, etc. that you engage with located in one of the eleven towns listed?
- Did you engage the person(s), family, group, etc. with Gospel intentionality?
What does Gospel intentionality mean?
It means that your motivation in the interaction is for that person(s), family, organization, etc. to see God for who He is. You want to leave the interaction with them having a better view of Christ than before you engaged with them. This may be as simple as spending time with someone and building a relationship. NOTE: Not all interactions with lost people will be Gospel Intentioned. For example, you may have a friend or family member that you already have a good relationship with. Hanging out with them and just talking about sports etc. wouldn’t count as Gospel intentionality. However, if you were to have a spiritual conversation with them then it would count as a Gospel-intentioned engagement.
I talked to someone about God but the conversation only lasted 30 minutes. How am I supposed to share this engagement if the reporting only allows for one-hour increments?
It is okay to round up. You can also add the time for similar engagements together and submit them in one report.