At our annual business meeting on February 2 the Congregation approved a trial of the new organization model developed by our Structure & Governance Task Team. On behalf of the Team, our thanks.
The new model will have six Ministry Boards. The focus of these Boards is to plan and organize the work of the Church (but not to do all that work themselves). We hope that the Ministry Boards are also forward-looking, thinking about how each might make changes in their area of responsibility to help the Church grow and meet our mission and vision. The six Ministry Boards are:
Assets & Resources: responsible for Church assets -- financial and physical -- and stewardship.
Diaconate: responsible for the spiritual and bodily care of the Congregation, and for the sacraments.
Education: responsible for children and adult education, and for communications to the community.
Fellowship: responsible for Church social activities that promote fellowship and belonging.
Missions: responsible for Church missions activities and outreach activities to the local community.
Worship: responsible, with our Sr. Minister, for designing and conducting our worship services, including music and usher teams.
This new model will go into effect at our May annual meeting. Between now and then we will be going through our traditional nominating process, albeit with the twist of nominating for open positions on these new Ministry Boards (we are asking current Board members with time remaining on their terms to carry on). If you are interested in serving on any of these new Ministry Boards please let me or the Church office know.
As noted, the role of the Ministry Boards is planning, organizing, and looking ahead. To actually do the work of the Church the Boards will form teams of volunteers to complete specific activities. We plan to have ‘Be The Church Days’, probably three per year, to put out the team sign-ups and solicit volunteers. The first will be our May meeting – stay tuned!
It is an exciting time in the life of the Church. As we head into Lent and Easter, I am filled with hope for the future. Rejoice! He is Risen!
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.“ “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 8:28 and 15:13) Kevin Gromley