THIS IS A PROPOSAL TO START A BIBLE CHURCH IN THE ABINGDON / HANSONVILLE, VIRGINIA, GENERAL AREA -- TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST.
Purpose/Strategic Mission Statement:
The Strategic Mission of the Church would be to spread the Gospel of Jesus and to witness worldwide of the sacrificial love of Jesus; and also (secondarily) meeting the needs of the poor and those with disabilities; remembering always the words of Jesus:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with
you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. --Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind --Luke 14:13 KJV
Overview the Initial Planning Steps Likely to be Needed:
Goal One: To form a launch team (c. 3-12 people as Members or as Associate members (those for a while staying at their current churches)) and begin worshiping in a home or other location, praying diligently for God’s guidance – and encouraging one another.
Goal Two: within 24 months of forming a Launch Team, to form a slightly larger (c. 30-45?) group, beginning to form the logistical aspects of a new church, including all of the following:
~~a. establishing a regular (rented?) meeting place that is wheelchair accessible
~~b. creating an official website [done}; and mailing and email address lists
~~c. appointing temporary clerical leadership & Board of Elders.
~~d. Incorporating; getting an employer number (EIN)[done]; and establishing tax-exempt
status according to IRS 508c(1)(A) or IRS 501c(3)
~~e. Holding church services at regular times each week -- with perhaps the Sunday Services
at 11AM -- & 3 PM to allow families in other churches to bring persons with disabilities and also to serve as helpers(?)
~~f. spreading, with God's helps, information to others about the Church’s existence and mission
Goal Three: Within 24 months of starting of Goal Two, to begin the process of planning a small (expandable) church building accessible for people with various physical difficulties, including but not limited to the disabilities of mobility impaired individuals, plus (when possible) the hearing impaired or the Deaf, and the visually Impaired. This will include -- in an (lengthy) logical progression -- things like wheelchair ramps, accessible bathrooms, covered car-off-loading entrances, hearing loops or Bluetooth hearing assistances, ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters, braille and large print materials and bulletins, an emergency defibrillator, lever door handles, 36-inch doors (most automatically controlled), single floor meeting spaces (no steps), ample accessible emergency exits, wide aisles, mostly movable chairs, deaf conversation areas with pattern-free backgrounds and upholstery for ease of handsigns, large digital displays, covered parking, parking attendant and information kiosks, larger and Braille door signage with clear color contrast, variable height tables/pulpit/lecterns, shower accessible for handicapped, quiet and louder sensory rooms, crying room, large chairs, chairs with and without arm-rests, lights and sound for fire alarms, small fountain splashing in lobby (this helps blind people to orient), low pile rugs (keeps floors from getting slick for those with canes, but should not be so deep to make wheelchair movements difficult), colors preferred by the visually impaired persons, food bank and emergency housing services for those with financial difficulties, etc.
This would be a church where all people are welcome and where they can worship together in a very special “Holy Feast” of celebration of our Savior. It is envisioned that services in the Church will have those members in attendance often providing help for those with disabilities – a voluntary missionary activity even as worship services for all are occurring. Thus, this will be a unique blending of the Body of Christ, the Church, with all serving and being served even as they worship and praise the King of Kings! Eventually it is anticipated that the Church will expand even more to specially-enhanced religious and social services for the autistic individual, the homeless, the bed-bound, the house-bound, the dying, incarcerated/paroled persons, and others in need. Through all these efforts, the spreading of the eternal soul-healing Gospel of Jesus will be paramount.