The vision of our church is based upon Psalm 1:3 “You will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, you will yield your fruit in season; your leaves will not wither; and whatever you do will prosper”. Our church is based in Kypersley, just 5 minutes from Kypersley pool, which just so happens to be the start place of the River Trent. We believe this is significant, in the same way as the River Trent provides water across our nation, that Life Stream should be:

 

 

This affects how we live out our faith in church life and beyond.

We have broken the year up into three seasons where we focus the Sunday messages on each of the three parts of the vision. We learn how to connect with God better, relate to others better and then reach our community more effectively. Our whole church, from Sunday services to small groups, is structured around helping people to know God, develop personally as part of the church, and then release them into fulfilling their God- given potential. This can mean releasing people to effectively minister in our church or wherever they can be most effective.

The values of the church are not meant to only influence how we act as an organisation, but how each of us live our lives as individual Christians. Jesus’ greatest commands to love God and to love people, as well as the commission he gave to His disciples to reach the world, are at the core of the vision and the values. A stream on its own is not very impressive, but when it combines with others it becomes a powerful river. We expect to reach, develop and release people through our activities as a church and through a training college. We are also very intentional in connecting with other churches and ministries. Our vision includes seeing people released into ministry across the region, country, and world, and starting many other connected churches.

We may only ever be a stream in size, but as we connect and release, we expect to have the influence of a powerful, life giving river.

Constantly Seeking

We choose to constantly seek for more of God, drawing from Him as the source of life. We are seeking for a greater awareness of His Presence, for a better understanding of who He is and His will, for a more Godly character, for more power, and for God to help us grow personally.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Mutually Honouring

We choose to honour one another so that God’s love can flow through us. We choose to be a people that lift each other up. To be that kind of people we need to know our value and our function. We need to create deep, transparent relations hips and help each other in our weaknesses.
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:3

Extravagantly Blessing

We choose to bless people extravaga ntly so that God’s life can flow into the world. We aim to spread the good news of what God has done for us both verbally and through demonstrating God’s love in our actions.
‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’ Matthew 28:19