It is hard for me to believe that one whole year has passed being voted in as the moderator. Rev. Mimi and I, in setting goals for the year, established that the Vision Statement would be the standard by which we evaluate our processes and goals.
Our three focus areas were: (1) Complete work Personnel Committee has done to update personnel policy handbook and to streamline personnel policies, (2) Improve effectiveness of staff and council/board interactions, and (3) Plan for North Church’s future.
The personnel policy handbook has been rewritten, and should be approved by Council soon. It is an important document that ensures North Church, as employer, is providing a safe workplace and that church employees know the terms of their employment. The team, Mark Kennedy, John Bell, Mary Voisin, Kevin Gromley, and Nancy Wilking, have met regularly this year to ensure that the up-dated handbook is consistent and compliant with employment rules. It has been a tremendous undertaking and I know that this will strengthen church operations.
We engaged Dr. Rita Valade from the Samaritan Counseling Center to help church officers and staff better manage communication to reduce potential for conflict. It was a productive process and the training Rita provided has helped me better manage my own role here at church and at my place of employment. The feedback I have received has been universally positive.
The last item, planning the North Church future, will be emphasized more in the coming program year. The questions we are seeking to answer include: How can we grow our membership and our community impact? Are we using our time, talents, and resources in the most effective way in accordance with our vision statement? How can we respect our heritage while also meeting the needs of people in the 21st century? What else should be considered?
To ensure that all ideas are carefully considered, I invite all who have ideas and suggestions on how to make a stronger future for North Church, to contact Rev. Mimi or to contact me at email@example.com, or to talk to me during Coffee Hour after church.