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And Now the Work Begins: The Nehemiah Project Moves Forward

What began with our “Thrive!” project, in which we moved forward as a congregation in faith to address our indebtedness, then afforded us the opportunity to engage in the “Nehemiah Project”, a partnership with our Annual Conference. You have embraced these projects and have voted with 99% approval to begin the Nehemiah Project. Believing that this opportunity could not be turned down, I am grateful for your ringing endorsement of this direction.

I am also grateful to all of you who participated in the process to this point. For those who came to the Nehemiah workshop Saturday session, the Town Hall meetings, to those who voted, and especially for the leadership of our facilitators, Pam Aiken and Kevin Franklin. God has us on the move!

I want to remind you of the five (5) initiatives you voted to embrace with the Nehemiah Project:

  • Let the Vision Drive: 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.
  • Be in ministry with Younger Generations:-We will create a task force, and with a guide, focus on Youth ministry and the possibility of recreational ministries to further engage this community
  • Leadership-: We will study Leadership and Organization for Fruitful Congregations by Stephen Ross and develop systems for Lay Leadership, look at our current Staff system and align those with the driving vision of the church, with the help of a guide. The goal is to increase participation in all levels of church life.
  • Door to Core Discipleship Pathway:-We must develop a system of connecting people from those thinking about visiting the church, to actually attending, leading to full participation in the life of the church. We will have a Discipleship Pathway team that develops and implements this strategy, with help from a Coach/Guide from the Conference.
  • Adopt an Attitude of Abundance:-We will convene an Abundant Stewardship Team to explore how to take the stewardship in the church to the next level. We will look at debt reduction and ways to use existing resources to move the church forward in the area of financial health and engagement.

The next step is in the hands of Dan Pezet, the Conference Director of Church Development. He is to gather the two of us with our District Superintendent (Mark Andrews), and our District Vitality Specialist (Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand), and establish a timeline for implementing the 5 initiatives listed above (expected to be around 2 years). We anticipate having this first meeting in the next 30 days, and then shortly thereafter convening the Vision Team (initiative 1 above). As noted, as Vision has to drive, this is the logical place to start.

We will keep you informed as to our progress by providing updates similar to this one. We would ask you to be praying for us through this process. I ask that you pray, asking God how he might he be calling you to engage in this process. We certainly have a sense of momentum going right now and want to continue to trust God to lead this congregation that we might be a powerful influence in the community, pointing to the good news of Jesus Christ as our ground and hope.

I welcome questions or comments you may have. Please let me know of your ideas and dreams God has planted in your heart.

Now we take the next step forward in this church’s long and faithful story. May God’s grace and peace be with us all.