PURPOSE

The Bible describes two vocations for humanity – the stewardship of the world in which we live, and the redemption and reformation of what is lost and broken in our own lives and in wider society.

But this is not the whole story; the Bible paints an amazing picture of a partnership between God and humanity, to both steward and redeem. Not in any way an equal partnership, but one in which every one of us has the privilege of knowing God personally and working hand in hand with Him.

This is the purpose of Severn – to work hand in hand with God to contribute to the spiritual, social and cultural well-being of our city and region.

Limitless in its expression, this purpose can be fulfilled in the smallest details of our daily lives and in the broadest terms that large groups of people can collectively achieve.

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PRIORITIES

Our highest priority is to respond to what we see God doing in our community and give it some human shape and organisation.

Recognising that every action and thought has the ability to honour or dishonour our God-given humanity, we prioritise God's place in our individual and collective stories. Believing that every person has the power and purpose to contribute to the well-being of other people, we celebrate and encourage the God-given potential that every person possesses. 

We are committed to being a healthy church that prioritises:

  • Doing everything we can to make Jesus known in our city and inviting people who don’t know Jesus into relationship with Him.

  • The Holy Spirit, who we believe will empower and authorise every person to do the sort of stuff that Jesus did.

  • The Bible, which we believe is the foundation of our faith in Jesus.

  • Spiritual reformation that enables people to re-examine the foundational principles of their lives and invite the Holy Spirit to lead them into radical obedience to Jesus.

  • Community that is welcoming, supportive and empowering, as well as a whole load of fun!

  • Mercy for people who are unable to meet their own needs and justice for people who cannot speak up for themselves.

Emphases for 2019

In January, Owen gave our annual “Vision Talk”, setting out our priorities and the emphases for the year ahead. We would really encourage you to listen to that talk which can be found here: Vision Talk

Severn is building a community around us that goes beyond Sundays - people we can call upon, share life with and celebrate milestones together
— Steve