One of the things that drew Ali and me to this church almost four years ago was a profound sense that for so many people, Highland Park Pres is not an organization you join—it is a family to which you belong. My mentor would often say, “We don't want to be a Teflon church where people slide off; we want to be a Velcro church where people bond for life.” And I love that about this church—it is a place where people from different generations, cultures, and backgrounds are bonded together as part of one new community in Christ.
This past weekend, our church family took the next step in an exciting journey we are calling Transform. It is the culmination of almost six years of mission studies, town hall gatherings, vision-clarifying exercises, master planning, and, most of all, prayer. For the next few weeks, we are asking everybody that calls Highland Park Presbyterian Church home to join us in praying, learning, and ultimately committing to help us match our beautiful campus to the bold vision for ministry to which God is calling us in our next century and beyond.
Why, you may ask, are we doing this?
- To form Christ in people through heartfelt worship across multiple generations and cultures
- To be a community that feels more like a family in a world where people are so desperate to know that they belong
- To make sure there's no barrier to anyone–of any age or background–who wants to be a part of what God is doing here
- To be this hub of transformation out of which Gospel-shaped leaders are sent; where Christ-centered ministries, justice and mercy missions, and church plants are incubated and then launched out to bless the city and beyond
All this counts on us having a vibrant and transformational base camp here on University Boulevard.
I hope you will take the time to learn more about and engage with this Transform project by visiting transform.hppres.org, grabbing a Transform brochure at church on Sunday, or stopping by one of the information tables to ask our elders any questions you might have. In the meantime, I can't wait to see you this Sunday as we continue to see the Winsome ways in which Jesus invites people to be part of God’s family.
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