真道十五、二十時 Logos from 15 to 20

題目:真道十五、二十時
作者:梁國雄牧師

少年十五、二十時,正是青春氣息充沛,身體力量旺盛的人生階段。在這個時候充滿著的是許多對生命的探索,夢想的追求,這個正是一個人生中充滿了色彩的日子。真道堂現正走完了她的第15年,在這進入第16年之際,在教會成長的階段來看,也算是她的年青期,她既不是一所剛開始的教會,又不是一所已有悠久歷史的教會。在這樣的一個階段中,真道堂應如何地去面對前面的路呢?我願意在這裏與您們稍稍分享我的看法,但願能引發眾弟兄姊妹的思想,以致能達到同一的看見,好叫我們在教會前面發展的道路上,能有同一的步伐,同一的方向。

為教會定立發展方案絶對不是易事,因為每一所基督的教會都有不同的特徵與內部文化,不能一概而論。因此,最好的途徑都是回到聖經裏尋找出教會能用的發展概念。在創世記裏正好有一個可用的概念-亞伯拉罕的家。首先,亞伯拉罕是信心之父,以他為首的一個家庭,也自然稱得上一個信心的家庭。同樣地,教會也是以篤信上帝為本的一個屬靈群體,以亞伯拉罕之家為教會建立之藍本,是極為合宜。以下我就以318這個數字說起。

318是當年亞伯拉罕帶出去營救姪兒羅得的家僕的數目(創世記14:14-16)。亞伯拉罕帥領著這群忠勇的僕人,把羅得一家從敵人的手裏救出來,可見他們不但只是忠勇之師,他們更是受過良好的裝備,能征善戰。同樣地,教會也需要如此的一群上帝忠心勇敢的僕人,為上帝得人如得魚一樣,拯救失喪靈魂。就讓我在此以318這數字,為真道堂定下發展的策略。

3項核心價值:

  • 敬畏上帝:敬畏上帝乃立身之基,缺之其他價值只是空談而已(彼得前書2:17)。
  • 彼此尊重:尊重是基督門徒必須要具備的品德,因為這品德是源於愛,也是愛的具體表現。無論對方是信與不信;是男性還是女性;是年長或是年青;是華人或是非華人;是與你持同一見解或取不同的看法,在基督愛的榜樣下,我們要學習尊重對方,從而表現出基督愛的真理(彼得前書2:17)。
  • v 向外伸展:大使命說我們要去,使萬民作主耶穌的門徒。而且聖經清楚地說明上帝是願意萬人得救,明白真道的上帝(馬太福音28:19-20; 提摩太前書2:4)。

1個使命:

  • 溫哥華西區華人持續地福音化(約書亞記14:12)

8個教會特徵(採用教會自然發展方案):

  • 不斷授權的領導
  • 以恩賜為導向的事奉
  • 具熱忱的屬靈追求
  • 有效能的教會結構
  • 鼓舞人心的崇拜
  • 整全小組聚會
  • 以需要為導向的福音工作
  • 本於愛的關係

除了上述之發展概念外,真道堂無論堂址建成與否,必要在各方面持續地增長:

  • 在未來3年內完成座落於Granville街的建址之興建工作。
  • 在未來5年內,由現時約100人增長至最少300至318人(每年約百份之25)。
  • 在未來5年,同工人數將由現時一個全時間同工增加至最少4位:
    • 主任牧師(負責教會整體靈命牧養和行政工作)
    • 全職助理傳道或牧師(協助主任牧師牧養英語會眾及發展事工)
    • 全職助理傳道或牧師(專責牧養及發展兒童事工)
    • 全職行政秘書(協助主任牧師處理教會行政工作)
  • 在未來5年,每週參加祈禱會總人次增加至全會眾人數之百份之50或以上。
  • 在未來5年,全教會持徴信號碼,恆常為教會所需而奉獻的人數增至最少百份之80,支持教會各項事工及繼續建堂後之還款工作。
  • 在未來5年,參加教會團契或小組的人數增要超過教會人數的百份之60。

親愛的真道堂眾肢體,作為本堂的主任牧師,我深深地明白到基督是教會的頭,因此, 一切都必須聽從主耶穌的引導,他若許我們,我們就能作這事和作那事。讓我們同心合意地跟主腳步走,在未來5年裏,見證他在我們當中的奇妙工作。最後,我把這個建立真道堂的概念和這些目標,都一一交給主,他若許我們,我們必能成就這些事。



Title: Logos from 15 to 20
Author: Rev. Owen Leung

During the youthful stage between ages 15 to 20 our life is full of youthful vitality and exuberant physical strength, which is also the time when we start exploring and pursuing dreams. These are the colorful days of life! Logos has now reached the end of her 15th year. At this moment when we are entering our 16th year, from a developmental perspective, Logos is at a verily youthful stage—on the one hand, she is no longer a baby church, but on the other hand, she is not yet an old historical establishment. It is at this stage, Logos must explore ways to face the road ahead. In this article, I am willing to share with you briefly my views on Logos’ future development. Hopefully, by doing this I can stimulate brothers and sisters to a unified vision which will keep us in steps and in one direction.

Establishing a development program for a church of Jesus Christ is no easy task because each local church possesses a different set of characteristic and internal culture. We cannot generalize it. The Bible, therefore, becomes our best source of reference in which we can find useful biblical concepts or framework that can help us in achieving the task. The household of Abraham in Genesis in the Old Testament happens to be a good one. Abraham being the father of faith, whose household of which he is the head is very helpful to be used for this purpose. The church is also a God-centered spiritual
household. Therefore, I will use Abraham’s household as a blueprint for my intended purposes of setting a church development plan. Let me start with the number 318.

The number 318 is the number of Abraham’s domestic servants led by him for the rescuing of Lot, his nephew and his family from the enemies (Genesis 14:14-16). These servants of Abraham were not only faithful and brave; they obviously had good military trainings that enabled them to fight victoriously in battles. The church likewise needs a group of faithful and brave servants who are trained to be God’s effective fishers of lost souls. Let me employ this number to formulate a development plan for Logos.

3 Core Values​​:

  • Revere: The fear of God is what sustains a church; the lack of it turns other values unobtainable (1 Peter 2:17).
  • Respect: Respect for among Christ’s disciples is indispensable because it is a moral character derived from love. It is a concrete manifestation of love. We must respect one another: Believer or seeker; male or female; old folks or young lads; Chinese or non-Chinese; people who share the same views or having different thoughts, we must learn to respect each other. By practicing it, we are practically demonstrating the truth of Christ’s love (1 Peter 2:17).
  • Reach: The Great Commission says we are commanded to bring the gospel to all nations. The Bible clearly shows God desires men to be saved by obtaining knowledge of the truth of God (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Timothy 2:4).

1 Mission:

  • Logos will continuously evangelize the Chinese community in Vancouver west
    side (Joshua 14:12).

8 Church Characteristics(Taken from the Natural Church Development):

  • Empowering Leadership
  • Gift-oriented Ministry
  • Passionate Spirituality
  • Functional Structure
  • Inspiring Worship Service
  • Holistic Small Groups
  • Need-oriented Evangelism
  • Loving Relationships

In addition to the above concepts and framework of development, Logos, regardless of the building situation, must continue to grow in all aspects:

  • In the next 3 years, we seek to complete the construction work of the church on Granville Street.
  • In the next 5 years, we aim at increasing our congregation from about 100 people at the present to at least 300-318 people (around 25% annual growth).
  • In the next 5 years, the number of full-time workers will increase to at least 4:
    • Senior Pastor (responsible for the overall pastoral needs and administrative work)
    • A full-time Assistant Pastor (to assist the senior pastor for shepherding the English congregation and its development)
    • A full-time Assistant Pastor (dedicated to shepherding and the development of children’s ministry)
    • A full-time Administrative Secretary (to assist the senior pastor to handle administrative work of the Church)
  • In the next 5 years, the total attendance of all of our prayer meeting participants will increase to at least 50% of our congregation.
  • In the next 5 years, regular givers with offering number will reach at least 80% ofour congregation to support the church in her ministries and the paying down of the mortgage.
  • In the next 5 years, the number of people participating in the church fellowships or groups increased to more than 60% of the total population of the church.

Brothers and sisters of Logos, as your pastor, I deeply understand that Christ is the Head of the church whose guidance we all must follow. Lord willing, we will be able to do these things. Let us be united and keeping in steps with the Lord in the next 5 years in
order to witness his wonderful work in our midst. In closing, I surrender this plan under the Lordship of Jesus Christ who can and will enable us to achieve these goals.