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One Step, Two Step...

One Step, Two Step. . .

 Do you remember our first step with the Nehemiah Project? Here was the proposal we voted on:

Let the Vision Drive.

During our Saturday workshop, members of the church learned that every ministry decision, program, and relationship must be aligned with a driving vision to begin a new life cycle of fruitful ministry. Upon accepting this report, the Lay Leadership and Nominations Committee will convene a Leadership Team that will work with a guide to discern a driving vision for the church. This process will include fully defining the church’s mission statement (what it means to be in authentic Christian Community), a vision statement, and guiding values for the church. The leadership team will work with the guide to ensure that all programs, resources, and management decisions are made in a way to support the mission of the church. The leadership team will be made up of the pastor, the lay leader, the church council chairperson, and seven people who are gifted in thinking about organizational leadership. At least 3 persons on the team will be 38 years old or younger.

I am happy to report that the Vision Leadership Team has defined a driving vision statement and mission statement and have settled on what we believe are the values of the church. We began this process back on July 29! Many, many hours have been spent praying, reflecting, debating and discerning who God might be calling us to be and how to proceed toward that vision. I want to thank the members of the Vision Team!

Pam Aiken (Church Council Chair)                Krista Sipe (Lay Leader)

Elizabeth Alleman                                          Brianna Omundson

Michael Anderson                                          Charlie Rininger

Matthew Blickley                                            Charmaine Stokes                             

Katie Kerns                                                     Paul B. Thompson

John McMillan                                                 Steve James, Coach

Our Vision statement!

Passionate, Thriving, Loving Community!

Our Mission statement!

God is calling Huntersville United Methodist Church to open the door, make room at the table, and create spaces to foster lasting relationships with Jesus Christ.

Early in our work, we decided that our previous statement of “Creating Authentic Christian Community” was not sufficient to describe the work that God was calling us to do in this place. So, we started with a basic exercise to determine our values, the things that we as a church believed were THE most important characteristics God was calling us to be. The exercise took an exhaustive list of characteristics, about 50 of them, and narrowed them down to the essential five. Then, I did the same exercise with the staff. Two groups in the Disciple Bible Study did the exercise. Small groups were then asked to do the same work.

Here is the list (arranged top to bottom) in order of importance:

 

Vision Team

Staff

Disciple Group 1

Christ-centered

Christ-centered

Christ-centered

Love for all

Love for all

Love for all

Passion

Passion

Spiritual Growth

Partnership with community

Partnership with community

Relationship

Outreach/Missions

Outreach/Missions

Relevance for Everyday Living

Disciple Group 2

Small Group 1

Small Group 2

Christ -centered

Christ-centered

Christ-centered

Love for all

Passion

Love for all

Spiritual Growth

Outreach/Missions

Relevance for Everyday Living

Relationship

Meeting the Needs of the Congregation

Partnership with Community

Evangelism

Continuous Learning and Development of Gifts and Skills

Passion/Spiritual Growth

                                                                                                                                        

What I take from this is AMAZING alignment and agreement! We very much agree on the essential values that we want to embody! So, we used this list of values to begin to define our Vision statement. I urged, and we agreed, that a Vision statement has to be BOLD, GOD-SIZED, and BIGGER than us. It needed to be a vision not just for a better church, but for a transformed community. And that is what we are after, a community that is Passionate, Thriving and Loving. I’ll talk more about this over the next few weeks, fleshing these out as they emerge from scripture.

Our Mission statement reflects the mission statement used when the church was going through the campaign to build this building in the 2000’s, “Making Room at the Table.” The Mission statement calls us to use what God has provided and intentionally begin the conversations that lead people to have a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

So, what’s next? Here’s an outline of some upcoming dates:

October 14           First Sunday in sermon series on Vision and Mission  (statement)

October 21           Connecting our Vision and Mission Statement to our Thrive Project – Our children will be surprising us! – Celebrating the Fall Community Extravaganza!

October 28           Thrive Celebration – Celebrating your generosity! – Children will be “Trick or Treating” in costumes during the Sunday School hour – Continued exploration of our Vision/Mission Statement – a covered dish meal afterwards!

November 4         All Saint’s Sunday – Celebrating Holy Communion – Musikids singing – Charge Conference after the service.

What is next? We need to see if we are in alignment. In sermons over the next weeks, I’ll be bringing up examples of plans we think are in line with our vision and mission. At some point, I’m going to ask you to show your support for this vision/mission statement. It is important to us that we give you the information you need and then move forward TOGETHER!

Then, on October 22, the second of the Nehemiah Project tasks begins in earnest. Dan Pezet, our Conference Director of Church Development, will be meeting with our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) and the newly formed Leadership Development Team to begin to align leadership resources (Clergy, Staff and Lay) to this Vision and Mission Statement. This is an essential step as we focus on the things God is calling us to do to foster relationships with Jesus Christ and have Passionate, Thriving, Loving Community.

I know this is a lot of information, because there is a lot going on! I hope you can digest this and we certainly encourage you to ask questions and gather more information. This is an exciting, and changing, time in the life of the church. My belief and confidence is that God will lead us forward and we will continue to THRIVE!

I hope to see you Sunday!

Paul B. Thompson

Senior Pastor