19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
DISCOVERY TEAM UPDATE (MAY):
During the month of May, the Discovery Team has continued to work on outlining God’s plan for Town and Country’s future ministry by identifying what makes our church unique. We have done this by breaking down Town and Country’s identity in three specific areas: local predicament, collective potential, and apostolic esprit. Using a series of questions in each area, we came up with words or short phrases that summarize these concepts as they relate to our church. Below you will find a short description of each area, some questions we considered, and what we believe represents Town and Country. While together all three areas will provide a roadmap to what God has planned for our church, before we start that process we wanted to share our results with you and solicit your feedback.
As this is a collaborative effort, we ask that everyone take some time to review the information below and reach out to any member of the team if you have any additional suggestions or questions.
Local Predicament – Describing who is in our community
– What are the unique needs and opportunities where God has placed us?
– What arena of our community is the furthest from utopia that God wants to restore?
– What special opportunities are found within our immediate sphere of influence (within a half-mile)?
Collective Potential – Describing characteristics our congregation encompasses
– What shared motivations, spiritual growth markers, or views of sanctification characterize people in our church?
– What atmosphere do we tend to create when our people get together?
– What values make our church different?
Apostolic Esprit – Describing what motivates us
– What gives us energy?
– If we knew we could not fail, what one thing would we purse with God?
– What drives our ministries or actions?
DISCOVERY TEAM UPDATE (FEBRUARY):
On January 18th, T&C’s Discovery Team took the first step towards DISCOVERING its vision for the future when it met for the first time. While Jesus commanded us to make disciples, our methods for doing so have seen mixed results, causing us to continue to try anything to improve.
This struggle is not unique to T&C, which is why a group from Peace Lutheran Church, on their own discovery journey, have been joining us during our monthly meetings. The objective, however, remains the same:
To DISCOVER what God has uniquely planned for us to do.
Ultimately, the goal of this process is to become more methodical in our ministerial approach. This process gives us a chance to stop and reflect on who we are and how we can best serve others to bring them closer to Christ. We will achieve this by first establishing a vision that will serve as a roadmap for everything the church does and then develop ministries that incorporates the strengths of the congregation and the needs of our community.
HOWEVER, before we can move forward we must first look backwards to identify what hasn’t worked in the past and why. This was the subject of our most recent meeting on February 22nd. At this meeting the team discussed the perceived barriers that have prevented us from moving forward and that we, as a congregation, need to address so that they do not continue to interfere with our vision in the future.
Yet, while the Discovery Team has identified a number of obstacles that have constricted T&C in the past, we recognize that this process will only work if everyone is involved and has an opportunity to contribute. We want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard, so that we know we are on the right track.
CONGREGATIONAL POTLUCK POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
Prior to our first congregational meeting contemplate the following questions:
- WHERE HAVE WE FALLEN SHORT IN OUR OUTREACH?
- WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES PREVENTING US FROM MAKING DISCIPLES?
- WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO RECOGNIZE GOD’S PLAN FOR US?
– The Discovery Team