What’s HCI been up To?
by Becky Haack
As we move back toward cooler weather, the new school year, and into the upcoming holiday season some of you may be wondering what the HCI team has been up to over the summer. After our church consultation weekend last February we were left with a laundry list of tasks to complete in order to address the 5 recommendations from the HCI Consultation team. And boy have we been busy!
The HCI team has been meeting regularly over the summer with and without our Coach, Bill Lewis. First and foremost we have been tasked with discerning a compelling vision to guide our ministry, planning and decisions. While the consultation team left us with a suggested vision based on what they learned in interviews and focus groups we felt the need to own our vision and make it ours. You’ll soon be hearing more about the new vision statement as it’s been a work in progress since our consultation weekend.
In addition to the new vision congregants were invited last spring to attend a Breakthrough Prayer Workshop. The attendee’s returned with many ideas to help ensure everything we do is grounded in prayer. Some of these ideas include the “520” Initiative, prayer cards, and prayer walks which were held in the spring throughout the community. The youth group has also recently been asked to help work on the “520” Initiative with their technical skills to create a church video to help share the purpose of the prayer cards. Additionally the consultation team suggested a collection and sharing of stories to show the ways our congregation has already been serving our community. A small group has already begun performing interviews and sharing these stories in the newsletter, worship service, and in small groups.
The second recommendation given to us was rooted in relational outreach which supported our vision. Though the vision has been a work in progress all these months we have in fact begun working on this recommendation in some very big ways. A nursery team met over the summer and began working on developing the tools and resources needed for a newly renovated nursery. The new nursery officially opened on Rally Sunday and serves children ages 6 weeks through 3 years and is currently open during Sunday worship service. The team continues to look for volunteers who are willing to work as able with a paid staff member. Once a staff member is hired the hope is to expand the hours to include times during Sunday school and midweek JOLT.
Another team that has come together this summer is a redesigned worship planning team which includes key members such as the pastor, those involved in music, liturgy, and other aspects of worship. The third recommendation from the consultation team was to work to develop artful and planned worship services by creating a long-term worship planning process that connects all elements of worship in an artful way. This team has been hard at work determining how to coordinate all elements of worship around the sermon for the week as well as investigating worship workshops and webinars to help further develop our worship experiences.
Most recently the vision team has begun discussing ways to begin working on recommendation number five: Administration as Ministry. Part of the recommendation requires re-evaluating the current organizational structure and determining what the best structure for our church and congregation will be as we move into the future. This conversation has only just begun and we’re currently seeking assistance from those with talents in administration and organizational structuring.
If you have questions about the HCI recommendations, current projects; or if you’re interested in sharing your gifts please contact Jeff Court, Pastor Greg, or any member of the HCI Vision team. Or to learn more about what the HCI process is and why La Crescent UMC is doing it visit the previous posting: “What is HCI?”
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