When we look at the people, resources and expertise God has drawn together at Carey, the future looks exciting. We see a time when there will be Carey campuses in Perth, Australia and beyond, and there will be an increasing capacity to provide education and support to people who would never be able to provide it for themselves.
We see a future where we will provide hope and compassion to some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world – where we bring some of our capacity and expertise to work alongside others to support them in their work in education and with families.
We see a change in the cultural climate for communities around the world where a voice of hope and compassion is increasing, and cynicism, fear and oppression is decreasing. We plan to build our capacity to enable us to be part of this transforming vision.
This is a compelling but more distant future, and to get there much needs to be done. The next step is to consolidate our work at Harrisdale and to develop the Forrestdale campus.
Realising our Potential – Positioning for Impact
Carey is committed to excellence, and is conscious that this is not achieved without intentional and focused effort. Our credibility is at stake, and we are never content with the substandard or dreary. The dual theme for this stage will be Realising our Potential – Positioning for Impact.
With a new campus about to open in Forrestdale, and a newly built community centre at Harrisdale, much of the energy and activity in this next stage will be devoted to ensuring that the potential offered by these new ventures is realised. The balance will be taken by positioning ourselves for future longer-term impact.
Realising our Potential
Recognising the opportunities opened by our new and existing ventures, we plan to realise our potential in six key areas:
- Serve and develop those in the early years
- Serve and develop children
- Serve and develop youth
- Serve and develop Indigenous Australians
- Serve and develop the disadvantaged
- Develop servant leaders
Positioning for Impact
While much of our energy will be devoted to realising the potential created by the launch of both the Carey Centre and the Carey Forrestdale campus, Carey is committed to replant itself over and over again.
We recognise that there is a fair lag time between spotting an opportunity and being able to realise it, and although we do not anticipate planting a third Carey campus within the Carey 2020 time frame, we plan to position ourselves for increased future impact by:
- Identifying the location and purchasing the necessary land for the next Carey; and
- Developing the leadership and organisational capacity to enable future development to proceed smoothly
About the Role of the Church
At its heart Carey is a church. All the activities that occur in and through Carey are ministries of Carey Baptist Church and its congregations, and we continue to believe that the church should be turned inside out, with open hands and an open heart towards the world God loves.
Carey Baptist church has developed the Harrisdale campus as platform on which and through which the surrounding community can connect and engage. It is also a platform, which allows the church and its various ministries to connect and serve the local community. Carey Baptist church is the Christian community within that platform together with all the staff that serve on the campus during the week. Our desire is to grow and flourish as a church community sharing and celebrating the message of hope and compassion that is Jesus.
As we look to our future, we are convinced that every service we develop needs to be connected with, and undergirded by, the support, wisdom and prayers of a healthy church. Committed as we are to reaching out and serving the community and world we recognise that unless the church is healthy we have little to offer. We therefore identify the continued growth and development of the Carey Church congregations as critical to Carey’s development and effectiveness.