Save the date for an all-member strategic planning day on Saturday, June 24 at the church. Lunch will be served and more information and sign up opportunities are to come. It’s my dream to see 50 or 60 of us gather together to pray, seek God’s vision and make some important commitments to the future of our ministry here in Highland.
Where are we headed? What kind of future are we building? What are our strengths, gifts, and competencies? What is God calling us to accomplish in mission? These questions are an invitation to us all as we enter into a process of prayer and long-range planning for our congregation. God says, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Our mission statement gives us a clear purpose: to make disciples of Jesus Christ through ministries that Connect, Grow and Serve.
Twelve Keys to an Effective Church is a one day 4-stage planning process for local congregations.
The twelve keys we will be using in stage 3 are these:
1. Specific, concrete missional objectives 7. Several competent programs and activities
2. Pastoral/lay visitation in the community 8. Open accessibility
3. Corporate, dynamic worship 9. High visibility
4. Significant relational groups 10. Adequate parking, land, landscaping
5. Strong leadership resources 11. Adequate space and facilities
6. Solid, participatory decision making 12. Solid financial resources
The first six keys are the relational keys and are often the biggest leverage points for growth in any church. The second six keys functional characteristics of a church. Our Administrative Council is aiming to guide an all-congregation planning process using these four stages. You may wish to secure and read a copy of Ken Callahan’s book, Twelve Keys to an Effective Church. The focus will not be on our weaknesses but on identifying our strengths and how we can expand them. I invite your prayers and your participation as the process unfolds in the months ahead. The excitement is building!
In hope and confidence,
Pastor Tom Anderson