So what will change here at Peace? A few things:
First, the staff of Peace will be working together to guide the congregation to fulfill our mission to make disciples who make an impact for Jesus. Our mission statement is more than just words, it is what we as a congregation will be focusing on to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission of growing together as His people while reaching out to care for those who are not connected to Jesus and His church so that they, too, may know of the hope we have in Jesus!
Second, we will be working to make Peace a permission-granting congregation instead of a permission-withholding congregation for new ministries. If someone has a desire to start a new ministry that (1) lines up with God’s Word, (2) matches up with our discipleship process in more than one way, and (3) does not need funding from within the budget, the ministry will be approved. If funding is needed and the other two areas are true, we will work with the person or group to find funding. We want to encourage people to find their ministry and equip them to lead and serve.
Next, we will be working on establishing better communication within, as well as outside, of Peace. We have a new part-time Ministry Communications Assistant who will be working on finding more effective ways to communicate what people need to know when they need to know it. We have also renovated our website to better inform and engage the congregation in the continuing and new ministries and events happening here at Peace. Be watching for more changes to improve communication in the next few months. One note on this: all the communication we might provide is only effective if it is read!
Finally, I promise that whenever a major change is being proposed, we will provide a means for input from the congregation, most likely through listening sessions or something similar. This might happen at different times for different types of changes. Some changes might require more work be done before presenting the proposal to the congregation; others might receive input earlier in the process and then again later. The point is that we do want your input, and that no final decision will be made until we have heard from the people of Peace.
There are a couple changes on the horizon. A task team from the council is working hard, looking at our current congregation governance structure and constitution, and is planning on presenting their suggestions to the congregation in a listening session in January. The Sanctuary Design committee has taken the feedback from an earlier listening session and is making a few changes to present back to the congregation in another listening session before the council gives the final go-ahead.
As I write this final weekly note, I know that different people will take it in different ways. Some will think the changes are too drastic, others that they are not drastic enough. Either way, I’m glad you care about Peace, and I pray that you are encouraged and excited as we move forward, and hope that you will join us in our mission to share Christ in our community!