Our Vision and Inspiration....
Browse through these passages, quotes, poems, readings and photographs and feel God speaking to you - in great or small ways. You can be sure that if you open yourself to God he will touch you in ways that are right for you at this time of your life.
But first - how God's inspiration led to Wellspring's birth.
It's all 'new' for us because Wellspring Church was formed, informally, in 2013 from the coming-together of the Methodist and Baptist Churches in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, formalised at a special gathering in Sept. 2014.
This has been a very courageous move by members of the two churches, for many of the people have had long associations with their original, separate, church. To give that up, to embrace new ways of doing things isn't easy, whatever age you are.
We are linked to Churches Together for Derbyshire, and have strong links to our local Churches Together in Wirksworth and District group.
Our Vision - 2013
In September 2013 we felt a 'push' from God, calling us to be quite clear about our ecumenical vision. So we produced an initial 'Statement' (click here) which encapsulated where we were at that time. It helps to tell our story and may well be an inspiration to other churches thinking of changes to their structure.
Subsequenly we refined our Vision and placed it under six key headings (2014) :
Praise, prayer and teaching will be happening in a variety of ways with different groups – and not always on Sundays.
The minister will not only look after church members, but will be in contact with a wide range of people, sharing this ministry with others in the church who have a gift for caring.
The next minister will live in Wirksworth. Along with other ministers and with lay Christians, he or she will be involved in a lot of what’s happening in the town.
As a growing church, we will be sharing our faith and encouraging people we know to make a commitment to Christ.
Our premises will be right for the many ways of worshipping God in the 21st century.
They will be welcoming - and an asset which the whole town will want to use.
We will give sacrificially so that our witness is not hampered by lack of funds.
Our Vision - 2018
Kevin has been with us now for a year and this seemed a right time to look back over the past few years and refine our vision. The Trustee team (of which Kevin is part) agreed in September 2018 that our focus should be expressed in the following way :
- We delight to be a worshipping community, acknowledging the living presence of God in whom we find our identity and wholeness.
- We seek to follow the example of Jesus, sharing the love of God in word and action, meeting people where they are, seeing life transformed.
- We aim to be a community of welcome, offering unlimited hospitality and acceptance. Recognising the need for risk-taking we seek to explore new ways of being church that enable people to encounter God in today’s world.
Our Future Growth
Put briefly : we are 'a work in progress'. And this website will naturally change too because we, as a community of people seeking to serve God in our town, will be changing too over the next months and years, for our mission is a developing and an engaging work.
It has been said of a 'church' that its job is to 'find out what God is doing and join Him in doing that work'.