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:
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.
As a result, the Discovery Team is inviting everyone to join us on this adventure beginning with a:
MARCH 15 (AFTER CHURCH)
While we intend to have these congregational conversations once a month over the next few months, at this meeting we want to hear from you and get your input to ensure that we have accurately captured the barriers we need to overcome before we are able to move forward.
Prior to the 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?
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
– The Discovery Team