Task Force on Messiah's Future

We are currently engaged in a Call Process as we seek a new Senior Pastor.

These priorities will help us to shape our consideration of the skills we are looking for in a new Senior Pastor.  The following material was adopted by the congregation at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 13, 2010. 

Five-part Recommendation on Messiah’s Future

 

I.                    Introduction with Mission Statement & Core Values

II.                 Priority Areas for Messiah for the next 3-5 years

III.               Strengths/Characteristics Needed in a New Pastor

IV.              Other Staffing

V.                 Future Strategic Planning

 

The five-part recommendation which follows is the result of discussions of congregational members in six focus groups on the future of Messiah organized by the Task Force on Messiah’s future made up of Carolyn Andersen, David Dahle (chair), and LeRoy Johnson (held on March 21, 22, and 23), questionnaires completed by many individuals, and a congregational forum (held on April 18) at which the main ideas that came from the focus groups and the questionnaires were presented for further discussion.  Approximately 100 people participated in these discussions in one way or another.  Many other discussions have taken place in other settings including the Adult Education hour on April 11 and 18.  This recommendation was approved as amended by Church Council at their meeting of April 22, 2010.

 

I.                    INTRODUCTION

 

A.      Mission Statement

 

The mission statement of Messiah Lutheran Church is:   “Sharing Jesus Christ

with All People”

 

B.     Core Values

 

To fulfill our mission, we are guided by these core values:

 

1)      God loves everyone.  (John 3:16; 1 John 4:11)

 

2)      Jesus is Lord.  (Acts 10:36; Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 4:5;

Philippians 2:9-11)

 

3)      We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 12:3b)

 

4)      We rely fully on the Word of God.  (Deut.  8:3; Prov. 30:5; Isaiah 40:8;

Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

 

5)      God gives everyone gifts to share.  (Psalm 76:11; Romans 12:6-8;

                        1 Corinthians 2:12)

 

II.                  PRIORITY AREAS FOR THE NEXT THREE TO FIVE YEARS (Not listed in order of importance)

 

A.       AREA ONE:  FAMILY MINISTRY AND YOUTH

This priority will have a focus to include mentorship of youth and relationship building with families and parents of Sunday School children. Programming for youth will be reviewed and collaboration with other churches will be continued and perhaps expanded to better serve the youth in Camrose. Families and youth will be involved in worship services. A Baby Ministry program (like Splash) will be emphasized as a way to connect with young parents.

 

B.      AREA TWO:  OUTREACH  TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS

Outreach and relationship building with both members and non-members will be enhanced through follow up with inactive members, expanding small group opportunities, listening to each other’s stories, practicing intentional hospitality, building a sense of community, and reaching out to the broader community including other churches.  Cross cultural mission outreach through financial support, prayer support, and increased awareness will continue to be emphasized.

 

C.      AREA THREE :  SPIRITUAL  GROWTH

People want to grow in their knowledge and understanding of their faith and increase their biblical literacy through additional opportunities for bible study, and hearing the Gospel through meaningful, relevant and effective teaching and preaching.  Counseling to assist others in their life journey will continue to be a strength of our congregation.  The worship experience will become more vibrant and meaningful and attract more worshippers through a review of all aspects of our worship services.

 

D.      AREA FOUR:  EMPOWERMENT OF LAITY

Congregational members will be trained so that they can become ministers to other members of the congregation in activities such as a visitation program.  The expertise of congregational members who have previously been trained in programs such as the Stephen ministry program will be utilized to give leadership in this area.  A revitalized new member sponsorship program to assist in integrating people into the life of the congregation will be developed. 

 

E.      AREA FIVE:  MUSIC PROGRAM

Messiah’s music program will be integrated into the life of the congregation in a more complete way.  Some ways that this integration can occur is through the greater use of our choirs and the participation of talented individuals and small groups in our services, the more frequent use of the organ in services and concerts, as well as hymn sings. The music program will be supported and strengthened as one of the ways that Messiah can reach out into the community.

 

F.       AREA SIX:  MINISTRY OF TO THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The ministry of our congregation to those with special needs, such as those in lodges and supportive housing, as well as those experiencing life crises, will continue to be a valued component of our Christian service. Our TV ministry will continue to be one of the ways that those with special needs can participate in the worship life of Messiah, including receiving communion. 

 

III.                STRENGTHS/CHARACTERISTICS NEEDED IN A NEW PASTOR

 

A.   SPIRITUAL LEADER

                  -     a strong preacher/teacher who can challenge members to grow in their

                         faith

-          a shepherd of the flock who is also a servant leader and whose focus on spiritual leadership is not undermined by administrative duties

-          someone who can lead Messiah through a renewal process

-          a team player with a talent to delegate responsibilities who can work collegially and collaboratively with other members of the ministry team

-          one who can motivate lay people to participate fully in the life of the congregation

 

B.        STRONG INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

                        -    warm, approachable, outgoing

                  -    strong communication and listening skills

                                         

C.        YOUNG-MINDED, ENTHUSIASTIC, ENERGETIC

                  -   someone young at heart who is able to relate well with youth as well as

                       command the respect of all age groups within the congregation

D.                 TRAINING

-           someone with experience and training in working with young families and youth

IV.        OTHER STAFFING

A.   REVIEW CURRENT POSITIONS

      Before a new pastor is called there needs to be a review of all current positions

      (both called and hired), and an affordable budget set for all staffing costs.

 

B.  CONSULTANT

A consultant should be used to perform an administrative audit to determine the

full scope of the potential position of administrative coordinator.

 

C.  PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

      The position of part-time administrative coordinator, depending on the results of

      IV.A and IV.B, could be implemented before a new pastor is called so that the               administrative coordinator could take over the administrative duties that are part

      of the current Senior Pastor’s  responsibilities. 

 

V.         FUTURE STRATEGIC PLANNING

            The five standing committees of the congregation will be asked to come up with three- to five-year goals for their particular area in light of the six priority areas that have been established by the congregation.  The standing committees will also be asked to decide each year on specific measurable strategies for achieving the goals that they have set for their committee.