"Up, in, and out"

This year IPC will be exploring the theme “up, in, and out”.*

The life of a healthy church pursues ongoing growth in three essential movements. In shorthand, these key movements can be described as "up, in, and out."

UP: A church moves "up" as it seeks to grow in the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Upward growth is expressed in a growing corporate and individual zeal for worship, the Scriptures, prayer, and obedience.

IN: As a family that is being knit together in love (Colossians 2:2), healthy churches move "in" with intentional Christian fellowship. Inward growth happens as a church engages faithfully and joyfully in the New Testament's dozens of "one another" commands.

OUT: A church goes "out" by diligently seeking the peace and prosperity of its host city (Jeremiah 29:7). Outward growth means the church, corporately and individually, identifies the neighbors it is called to serve, and pursues concrete practices of neighborliness (Luke 10:25ff).

Exploring the movements of "up, in, and out" will give IPC an opportunity to better understand the Bible's teaching on church life, to discern our church's strengths and challenges, and to respond to God's calling with fresh courage and passion.

*The framework “Up-In-Out” is attributed to Mike Breen.