Vision and Strategy

Vision and Strategy

The Way of Life in Christ – the journey ahead

A vision and strategy for St John the Baptist, West Byfleet

The Mission of God and St John’s, West Byfleet

The church’s mission is the mission of God.
The purpose of the church is to be a sign, foretaste and instrument of the kingdom of God: to make Christ visible in the World.

We are:
– An ordinary people called into the Body of Christ by God.
– Confident in God but humble in our attitude towards others.
– Learners with much to learn from people of all faiths and none.
– Open to the world and its concerns and wisdom.
– Generous and compassionate in our outlook.

Our Mission

We aim to:
Welcome all-comers, help people find their way in.
Serve our parish, that is, its individuals and families and the common good.
Celebrate all that God gives us as a church and wider community.
Grow as a community of faith and love. We need to be people of God, to be and become the church and value our own life.
Engage with the world and its issues.
Share our faith in Christ.

Our Vision for 2026 (what we want to be and do)

Engaging with and serving our community.
Making an attractive, inviting offer to the parish.
Developing a richer life of our own.

Our Strategy: four workstreams

Research & Review – understanding the community we serve and develop/build relationships to contribute to the most pressing needs.
Develop Us – to develop, grow and deepen our faith and understanding of what it means to be a Christian in this place.
Develop The Site – to improve the facilities at St John’s to attract visitors, improve income for Cornerstone and grow our congregation.
New Offerings – identify, establish and embed new offerings which broaden our appeal across the community of West Byfleet.