by Becky Haack
Hello Church Family, the HCI team has worked hard over the last several months on a vision statement. Much of the info here comes from submitted information.
As you read along, you’ll find that I decided to include a link to today’s sermon from Pastor as he introduced us to our new vision.
We are happy to report that at our last Healthy Church Initiative meeting on September 29th, our Vision Team (which has expanded in recent months to include Mindy Kearney and several more church council members) decided enthusiastically to support the following vision statement for our congregation.
“La Crescent United Methodist, the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing people into a transforming relationship with Christ.”
Last Several Months
As you recall, defining our vision to become an even more “missional” and outward focused congregation was the first of the five recommendations given to us by the Healthy Church Initiative Consultation Team that came to work with us in February 2016. These recommendations were voted on and overwhelmingly approved by our congregation in late March, 2016. Included in the recommendation for defining our vision, was the encouragement for our congregation to spend the next three months in prayerful discernment , asking the Lord’s guidance in developing our vision.
From late March through June, we asked everyone to be praying. We developed our 5:20 prayer cards with specific prayer aimed at finding our vision. We held several prayer walks in the community. We collected and distributed examples of vision statements from other congregations both local and nationwide and staffed a table in our lobby area where we collected ideas for our vision statement from our congregation members. All of this work came forward in our vision team meetings in July, August and September, where we continued to pray and thoughtfully craft our vision statement. The result of our efforts is the exciting and faith filled vision statement written above.
Pastor’s Message on the Vision
This past Sunday (October 9), Pastor Nelson introduced us to the vision statement through the message. The sermon was based on the scripture verses in 1 John 1:1-4, 2:7-11 and 2:3-6. In case you missed it, take some time to watch it or listen to it here.
A vision statement is very important. Many church websites define the vision statement as “A one-sentence statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from an organization or program’s work.”
Going forward as a congregation, our vision statement will be our compass and standard through which all of our missions and ministry programs will be evaluated. We will use it to stay on track in becoming the outward focused, missional congregation that our Lord is calling us to be in our local community and the world.
The HCI team submitted much of this article and would like to thank you, congregation, for all of your prayers and input into this process.
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