September brings with it the end of Summer and the beginning of a new school year and resumption of many other things that occupy our church and family calendars most of the year. This Fall at Immanuel, September also signals the beginning of a new chapter of congregational life as we consider a plan for our ministries into the future.
The Ministry Plan is a document I have been working on this Summer that is the product of the first two Steps of our planning process and will be used to guide our decision-making in the future. The Ministry Plan is where our conversations, meetings, prayers and ideas find a tangible result: a list of prioritized goals for Immanuel Lutheran Church & School.
The Immanuel Church Council will get a first look at the Plan at its September meeting. I will have a presentation on it at the September 29 Votersâ€™ Assembly. But hereâ€™s a preview:
Our discussions over much of the last year have produced many ideas for evaluating, enhancing and adding to our ministries. These ideas have been grouped into six general themes called
Ministry Targets . The six Ministry Targets are these:
- We receive from God to empower our service to others
- We equip disciples of Christ to serve others
- We care for each other as a family
- We welcome the community to our campus
- We serve children and young families with Godâ€™s love and forgiveness
- We enhance and strengthen our ministries
Into these six categories our ideas have been organized, and out of these six categories have come both Staffing Needs (the people resources needed to carry out the Ministry Plan) and Campus Needs (the facilities needed to carry out the Ministry Plan ).
Thatâ€™s a preview. For more, I invite you to attend the September 29 Votersâ€™ Assembly. And as we get ever closer to taking the next step into our future as a congregation and school, I thank you again for your prayers and faithful presence and stewardship. Please continue to lend your time, talents and treasures to shaping the future of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School!