What Can YOU Do?
Impacting Gordon and Beyond
As we see in the Bible, meeting the physical needs of people often preceded meeting the spiritual needs of people. That is why we have created an ACTION PLAN to meet people's physical needs, so that we can have the opportunity to meet their spiritual needs. Will you help us in IMPACTING GORDON & BEYOND?
Get in a daily routine of reading, memorizing, meditating on, and studying Scripture.
Our daily walk with Jesus is so valuable and so important. The best way for us to do that is to connect with Him through His Word. Just as you wouldn't want to eat just once or twice a week, you don't need to be spiritually fed just once or twice a week. Our goal is to help you to engage in Scripture, so we have some resources linked below to help you do just that.
Connect with God daily by talking & listening to Him.
We love talking with our friends all the time and God loves talking with us too! Even though He knows everything going on in our lives, He wants us to come to Him through prayer. It is through prayer that we confess our sins to Him, we bring our needs to Him, and we hear from Him about all the things going on in our lives. Not sure how to pray? Click the link below to gain some insight in how to pray.
Make it a priority to attend church every opportunity you get in order to help your spiritual growth.
It is said that you can identify what someone cares about by what they spend their time and money on. It is important in this day and age for us to prioritize church attendance so that we can grow and connect to God through worship, scriptural teaching, fellowship, and more. Parents need to show their kids that church attendance is a valuable part of their lives. It is so easy to allow yourself to be taken away from church by sports, family events, or even a day on the lake. Make a habit this year of attending church regularly and connecting to all that God is doing there.
Be intentional about praying & looking for opportunities to engage in Gospel conversations with others.
Jesus is very clear about the job of the believer to make disciples. That is best done by being witnesses to those around us about all that God has done in our lives. This can be a daunting task, as not everyone is confident in their ability to share what they believe. Some are introverts and don't talk much at all! We aren't asking you to go door to door with the Gospel, but instead to build relationships with those around you and enter into intentional Gospel centered conversations with them. Everyone has a sphere of influence that is uniquely theirs and if we all do our part in sharing with that sphere, we will see the Gospel spread to Gordon County and beyond.
Find ways to meet the physical & spiritual needs of people.
We have been called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The way we do that is by serving others in any way that we are able. Jesus often met people's physical needs before He was able to meet their spiritual needs. We are also called to serve each other as believers. Jesus set an example for us in that by washing His disciples feet. It is these acts of humbling yourself to help and serve others that shows people the love of Jesus and allows us to share the Gospel with them.
Each month Meadowdale will provide an opportunity for you to give of your resources to help people in Gordon County & beyond.
Meadowdale has a responsibility to the community around it, as well as the world it belongs to. Giving to Gordon & Beyond allows us to meet the needs of those around and give to the national and global mission of seeing people come to know Jesus and grow in Him. From providing warm clothes to those in need right here around us to making shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to our annual giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, we provide Meadowdale numerous opportunities to impact the community and the world with the Gospel. For more information about Giving to Gordon and Beyond and how you can get involved, click the link below.
In order to develop a local, regional, & foreign missions strategy, we will form a Missions Team.
We strive to be more intentional in how we share the Gospel with the world around us. To that end, we will be creating a missions team that will organize and implement mission opportunities in Gordon County, in the U.S., and around the world. Our goal is to be a sending church, so we will strive to have trips and other activities available to those who are interested in being the hands and feet of Jesus for a dying world.
Relaunch Meadowdale Women & launch Meadowdale Men to provide opportunities for men & women to fellowship & serve together.
Being able to meet together as women or as men is a valuable part of growing in our relationship with Christ. In order to facilitate that, we are relaunching Meadowdale Women in February and launching a brand new men's ministry called Meadowdale Men later on in the year. Our goal is to connect men and women with resources to grow in their faith, provide accountability to one another as we walk with Christ, and provide opportunities for service throughout the year. For more information about these ministries, click the links below.
Start accountability groups for men & women to have a safe place to grow spiritually.
Alongside our Meadowdale Men and Meadowdale Women groups, we are seeking to start accountability groups. These groups will include 3 to 5 men or 3 to 5 women that come together to hold each other accountable in Scripture Engagement, church attendance, and any sin issues that they may have. They are also a group that prays for one another and serve one another as they seek to pursue Jesus together. More information about these will come later on in the year.
Form a Vision Team that will be composed of members of various ages who will contribute ideas to keep the vision of Meadowdale moving forward.
Meadowdale is a group of individuals that span numerous generations and ages. It can be difficult to meet the needs of each of those individuals. To be able to help Meadowdale meet those needs and see the vision of the church move forward, we are creating a vision team made of people from each of the age groups represented in the church. This group will help advise church leadership on the best ways to move forward and bring all the generations along with us as we seek to do the will of God in our church and community.
People to accept God’s free gift of salvation & follow in believer’s baptism.
Matthew 28:19-20 tells us that we need to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so this is a primary goal for Meadowdale in 2021. We seek to reach Gordon County and Beyond with the Gospel and want to see at least 21 new believers join the kingdom of God this year through the efforts of Meadowdale and its people. To that end, we are encouraging small groups to create lists of people that they need to have kingdom conversations with so that we can see the people around us come to know Jesus.
People or families to join the Meadowdale family & commit to be active participants in the mission.
Just as we know that we need to see new believers join the kingdom of God, we know that there are families in Gordon County that need a church home. Many claim Christ, but few take an active part in that faith through church attendance and service. To that end, just as with new believers, we have encouraged our small groups to make lists of families that they know that need to plug into a church so that they can pray for them and be actively inviting them to church.
Average 210 in Sunday morning worship attendance beginning this Fall.
We want everyone at Meadowdale to be active and serving participants. This means consistent and regular church attendance. God created us to be in community and that community for believers should be found in the local church. In Hebrews 10:25, God tells believers to not stop meeting together. There is great value to us to gather together and we must continue to do so. This isn't about seeing numerical growth, but spiritual growth, as believers who prioritize church attendance are better equipped to grow in their faith than those who don't.
Average $10,000 in weekly giving to the general budget (Budget set at $415,000 for 2021)
The church functions through the tithes and offerings of the church. This money does more than simply pay salaries or keep the lights on. It is through our faithful giving that we see lives changed by the Gospel. Because of our offering in 2020, we were able to support Good News Club at W.L. Swain Elementary, feed the football team at Gordon Central, host DiscipleNow Weekend at Meadowdale, share the Gospel with people, and see new believers join the kingdom of God. It is through our giving that this occurs and God blesses our faithfulness to Him and His church.
Start 4 new Sunday morning groups (K-2 / 3-5 -- Middle School / High School -- 20s -- 30s)
Community as an important part of any church and small groups are the primary vehicle that drives community. It is through small groups that spiritual growth happens and needs are met. Currently, Meadowdale has a few gaps on Sunday morning for groups and we strive to close those gaps this year by starting four new groups.