During our 20th anniversary year, we asked God, " What do you want us to do next,” and through that prayerful process, He led us to Vision 2025.
As John Piper said years ago, God is about his name worshiped and honored. And every time someone comes to Christ, every time there's a new small group started, every time a church starts, there's worship being established. That’s what guided us in launching our five-year ministry focus called Vision 2025, and it’s what we mean when we talk about ‘Establishing Worship Where There is None.’
While we are already involved in numerous mission efforts and have been for over 20 years, Vision 2025 is about expanding and adding new areas of ministry focus and mission investment, and you can learn more about each one below.
A big part of Vision 2025 is
expanding our outreach by establishing a life group in every
neighborhood where God has placed 121ers. God may be calling you to
launch a LifeGroup, and we'd love to walk alongside and equip you.
Also, that there would be worship established everywhere students
gather, whatever it might look like, on their teams and campuses, so
that worship is being established in every segment of our culture,
across the local communities and cities in which we live, work, and
Reaching our local neighborhood is
another Vision 2025 priority, and God is doing incredible work in our
community through our Spanish Service and other efforts. For example, we recently purchased a mobile home to establish a place
to meet and gather right in the community. It's just one example, as we
pursue the goal of “establishing worship where there is none” with the
aim of 200 plus families in the local neighborhood coming into authentic
relationship with Christ.
We host an early learning center called Lionheart Children's Academy at our building, and with Vision 2025, we’ve established a scholarship program for children and families that would otherwise be unable to afford quality education and care. Through these scholarships, young lives are being shaped by Jesus, and their families will be changed by the love of Jesus. As of January 2021, we have just over 20 children enrolled through our Vision 2025 scholarships, and we intend to keep growing that number.
We're praying that God will engage the people of 121 to start different sites or locations in DFW. We want to launch new locations out of our current body to Establish Worship in surrounding communities. We're praying and watching for how God is moving in this regard, and are looking to do as much local multiplication as He would lead us to do as a part of Vision 2025.
Nationally, we're already a part of several church plants. And we're asking God that we might be a part of three more church plants across our nation. One of those, a partnership with a new church plant called Seven Mile Road Church in Cape Cod, began in the middle of 2020. We're continuing to seek the Lord on additional national church plants as the rest of Vision 2025 unfolds.
Then beyond the US, we’ve been working hard internationally to establish ministry partnerships in an unreached area in Africa. We’ve made great early inroads in supporting the mobilization of multiple church planters and establishing several new church plants in Burkina Faso. Join us on the journey, as we look with anticipation to deepening our investment and impact in the region!
Over the years, Bible Translation has become a big part of what we are about at 121, and we’ve had the joyful experience of investing in a number of Bible Translation efforts, bringing the Word to people who current do not have access to a Bible in their own language. With Vision 2025, we’re taken that effort to a new level and our prayer is that we'll take a meaningful role in at least three translations over a five year period.
We're anchoring all of this in Ephesians 3:20-21, that God would do above and beyond exceedingly anything we could ever ask or think. It would be for his glory and for his honor. For that to happen, EVERYTHING we do needs to be anchored, guided and supported by prayer. The Lord has raised up a committed team to help us seek God's direction on all of our Vision 2025 efforts, and we'd love for more 121ers to participate that team.