At our 2010 Vision Launch, Pastor Wayne unfolded our “20-20” vision to have 20 sites by 2020. Our first new locality will be in the far north of greater Brisbane. I loved the way he emphasized that it was not about competing with other churches in the area, but about expanding the home for the harvest.
In Luke 5:1-7 is the story of Jesus calling the first disciples.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around Him and listening to the word of God, He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Our church, soon to turn 80, has worked hard “all night” – but the big catch is still on its way. Jesus is in our boat teaching, and our nets are washed and at the ready! But notice that the coming revival is far bigger than City Church. We will need dynamic partnerships with other men and women of God in every region, if our nets are to remain strong and we are to stay afloat, if we are not to be overwhelmed. There will be more than plenty for all, as we all work together in a spirit of cooperation, not as rivals but as partners.