Grace and Peace to you Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am so proud of the work that we did as a Church Council on Saturday August 25th where we met for several hours on our first Council Retreat. Our agenda was simple: review our current Vision and Mission Statement, talk about it, talk about the strengths of the church and prioritize them, also the weaknesses… As a result of our discussion we prioritized areas of strength, and areas that need support, into 4 Top Areas of Focus for mission and ministry moving forward. After we set our Areas of Focus we went back to the Mission and Ministry Statement to see if we would like to suggest any changes or revisions. This is a presentation of our work as the Church Council and proposal for our common focus as the congregation of Prince of Peace.
Let me begin by saying that when we sat down with the current Vision and Mission statement as the church council, we were all pleased with it. As you will see, what we came up with are suggestions in order to update a strong mission statement to reflect our current areas of focus.
The Current Mission and Vision Statement is: Know Christ! Live Christ! Share Christ!
To Know Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit in our worship, our prayer, the Gospel, and each other.
To Live Christ by loving and honoring the Lord through accepting and nurturing each other on our journey of faith.
To Share Christ by inviting, welcoming, and encouraging all to share in the peace of the Lord by proclaiming the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments, and serving our community.
Our (Suggested) Vision Statement
To know Christ – To Live Christ – To Share and Proclaim Christ
Our (Suggested) Mission Statement
To Know Christ by the Grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our worship, our prayer, the Gospel, and each other.
To Live Christ by loving and following the Lord through accepting and nurturing all people on our journey of faith.
To Share and Proclaim Christ by inviting, welcoming, and encouraging all to share in the Peace of the Lord by proclaiming the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments, and serving our community.
The Top 5 Areas of Focus that we identified are: Welcoming, Outreach, Provide Good and Regular Worship services, and Messaging. We had discussion around each of these areas of focus and I will be sharing the notes from our discussion through 2 different Temple Talks (discussions after church). At the first one I will be presenting all our notes from the discussions of Vision and Mission and the Top Areas of Focus. At both talks everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, offer changes. This is a discussion that will take a little while but the more input we receive the stronger our Vision and Mission will be.
God bless you and I look forward to our discussions! Pastor Tim