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July 1, 2019

Dear Church Family,


Where there is no vision, the people perish.


Those words from Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) are at the heart of why we do Vision Night every year at this time. What is vision? Somebody once said, “Vision is a picture of tomorrow that produces passion.” A clear and compelling picture of the future that rises out of God’s heart always inspires me, and I hope it does the same for you. 


At Vision Night, we began reporting on all that God did in and through us during The Year of Community 2018-2019. What an exciting and challenging year it was! The full Annual Report will be posted at atlanticshores.org shortly after July 1. 


It is always fun to look back and reflect on what God has done. But Vision Night was also a time to look forward to the next ministry year. There are many more people to reach for Jesus and disciples of His to make.


GROW HERE: The Year of Discipleship 2019-2020


Our new ministry year begins July 1, 2019. We desire to touch thousands of people with the love of Jesus Christ in a way that yields spiritual formation, one of the seven outcomes mentioned in our vision statement. We desire for Christ to be fully formed in all of us (Galatians 4:19). 


We will accomplish this by migrating more people into our disciple-making environments, including life groups, discipleship coaching, Shores Bible Institute, plus men’s and women’s Bible studies. Below are some of our specific goals this ministry year:

  • Recruit and train 10 new life group leaders.
  • Launch 10 new off-campus life groups in the following high school zones:  GrassfieldHickoryIndian RiverKempsvilleNorfolkOscar SmithSalemSuffolk, and Tallwood.
  • Achieve more than 55 percent of the church family participating in a life group.
  • Make 500 disciples and discipleship coaches using Starting Point: A Disciple’s First Steps
  • Conduct 3-4 Coaches Clinics throughout the year (quarterly) to encourage and train discipleship coaches. 
  • Re-launch our women’s ministry as her with 75+ women connected in regular disciple-making environments. 

I pray these ministry initiatives excite you as much as they do me. They really get at the heart of our mission to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples.On Vision Night, we also peeked further into the future and anticipated The Year of Church Planting and Revitalization 2020-2021, starting with a major renovation of our campus and facilities. 


Your Stewardship Commitment


The church Jesus Christ is building is the hope of the world because of the gospel we proclaim and live out. For that reason and more, I believe God’s work is worth the commitment of our time, talent, and treasure. Will you join Cathryn and me in prayerfully making your financial stewardship commitment for The Year of Discipleship 2019-2020? 


Now more than ever, it will take the grace of God touching all of our hearts and finances to implement the ministry initiatives the Lord has placed before us.


Where do I begin, you ask? Begin where God begins, with a tithe or ten percent of your income. Through the prophet Malachi, the Lord says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.” And then he promised to “pour down for you a blessing until there is no more” (3:10). Over the years, Cathryn and I have learned we can never out-give God’s ability to pour out a blessing.


To help us plan well and make wise financial decisions based on anticipated giving, I am asking you to share your stewardship commitment with our finance team by using the enclosed card and envelope. Hopefully, this at least begins a discussion in your family about how you can make a gospel difference in the lives of real families.


Thank you in advance for your partnership in the gospel (Philippians 1:4). 


Serving Him and you,


Dr. Ron Jones
Lead Pastor