I want to offer you an update on where the Nehemiah Project stands! While we haven’t spoken much publicly, there is SO MUCH going on behind the scenes.
Your Vision Team members have been meeting to identify, clarify and develop a driving vision statement for God’s church here. Whereas “Creating Authentic Christian Community” has been a descriptive phrase for what we wanted to do, it has become clear that this “vision statement” has not been sufficient. We have started to discover and uncover a bold, God-sized vision that we hope will be able to drive the life of the church for years to come. We have studied the values we hold as representative members of the congregation. We are studying other vision statements to see examples of good vision statements. And most of all, we are praying that God will give us HIS vision of what God will have us do with and for him in this community.
We think we are close! We have narrowed down the words that we feel are the beginning of a compelling vision statement. My plan is to explore and share those words with you in a sermon series that will begin on October 7. We will then “vote” on the acceptance of the new vision statement at the conclusion of the sermon series on October 21. The vote will be largely an exercise to determine whether you are ready to move forward, or go back to the drawing board on further defining the vision.
In the meantime, we will be convening our Leadership Development Team. This team is designed to begin to align the human resources of the church (clergy, staff and laity), with the vision. Dan Pezet, the Conference Church Development leader, will be convening our Leadership Development Team and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) on October 22 to begin conversations to align our staff and leadership needs with the compelling vision the church adopts.
With the Reverend Jesse Smith leaving to take an appointment in Kannapolis, we will be adjusting Youth ministry leadership to incorporate a newly forming “Youth Leadership Council,” and with Cameron Floyd filling some roles, we will maintain the Youth ministry programming until further decisions are made by the Leadership Development team in conjunction with SPRC.
It has become clear to me that this is a pivotal and transitional time in the life of the church. We are making important decisions that will shape the life of the church for years to come. I am confident that with prayer and spiritual discernment, we will be able to find the direction God has in mind for this church. If you have questions or comments, I would be delighted to receive them and share with the various teams.
I look forward to seeing you soon and ask that you pray diligently for all the decisions that are being made. May God bless us all in this journey of faith!