Two years ago, the “beta” version of the EXPO was a showcase for ministries with the purpose of recruiting people into involvement in ministry in the local church and/or to shine a light on ministries they can benefit from. Last year, EXPO 2.0 continued with that purpose but expanded the vision to include some regional/national level ministries such as Xulon Press, Regent University, and Logos Bile Software. We also extended an invitation to regional churches to come and be exposed to the ministries of SGT, and our regional/national guests, for the purpose of inspiring them in their own ministry contexts and perhaps even to inspire them to duplicate those ministries in their own ministry venues. Of course, the purpose for inviting regional and national level guests is that all participants would be inspired and challenged by the visions and operations of those ministries.
The modern “expo” concept goes back at least 225 years to “an industrial exhibition” held in honor of “the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia” featuring a “considerable sophistication of manufacturing methods.”1 The idea behind an expo is to bring together in one place the most innovative, cutting edge technology, methods, inventions, etc., contemporary and relevant to the times. So, how does this apply to the SGT Ministry EXPO?
Our vision for the EXPO is that we would reach for and demonstrate—or have demonstrated to us—the latest technologies, the newest ideas, and the most cutting edge ministry tools possible! That we would be inspired and have our own visions for ministry made larger! The EXPO is not simply for our own local church, but for all the churches and ministries on Long Island, the greater New York City area, and beyond. Big vision? Yes! But great achievement begins with the smallest of persistent efforts!
So, what might this vision look like if we can achieve it? First, let me be clear: the EXPO is not about luring people from other churches to our church. This is counter to what we are all about at SGT. It is, rather, an opportunity for us to demonstrate possibilities for ministry that can be imported by others into their churches. Those possibilities for ministry may be ministries already happening at SGT. However, they may be ministries that can be demonstrated to us at the EXPO by guests we can invite for that purpose. The main criterion for a regional/national ministry or business to be considered for the EXPO is they must have something useful and innovative to offer to the body of Christ.
The ultimate goal of the 2016 SGT Ministry EXPO is, at the end of the day, that people from near and far will come to the EXPO and leave having enjoyed good Christian fellowship, food, and fun. But more importantly, that they will leave inspired to do great things for God and His Kingdom!