The 2018 Congregation Council identified four initiatives and formed Council working groups to strategize moving forward in these specific areas of ministry.
The 2019 Congregation Council affirms the continuing work of the Vision Initiative.

Vision Initiative

One initiative is to engage in a visioning process for our congregation.  This was identified in 2017 as a “Waypoint” recommendation by the Joshua Process.

Who will answer all the questions we have regarding the changes coming to Saint Andrew’s? Together, we will— as we listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading to shape the future of our congregational ministry. That’s “we” as your vision team and “we” as the congregation. Together, “we” are seeking the way God would have Saint Andrew’s go and grow.

How? By working together as a congregation, we will participate in a process that can identify the strengths and gifts we uniquely offer to impact our community for the sake of the Gospel.

The visioning process will develop a “Vision Frame” that has four sides:
Mission:  “What we are supposed to do”
Values:  “Why we do what we do” / “What motivates us”
Strategy:  “How we do it”
Measures:  “When are we successful?”

This is an ongoing process, and there is opportunity for input along the way. Contact Dick Szabo for more information.

Status

On June 23, 2019, the Congregation approved the Mission Statement and Values Statements in a formal vote at the Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting.

On January 27, 2019, the Vision Initiative Team presented the Mission Statement and Values Statements.  All have a basis in scripture.

Mission Statement:  “Growing Together in Christ to Love and Serve All People” 2 Peter 3:18

Values:
Worship: Responding to God’s gift of Grace through Word and Sacrament, with praise, prayer, and music.” Ephesians 5:18b-20, Romans 12:1
Discipleship: Nurturing the growth of Christian faith in all ages as we learn from and follow Jesus.” Colossians 1:10, 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Outreach: Serving and loving our neighbors with generosity and justice by sharing of our gifts from God.” Mark 10:43-45, Matthew 25:35-40
Relationship: Living as a compassionate community sharing God’s forgiveness and acceptance of all.” John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:12-14

 

Current Opportunities

Ongoing in 2019

As we progress….
Start using the Mission and Values
– live with and live into the Mission Statement and the Values Statements.  Discuss how it works.

Consider how and where we will display the Mission Statement and the Values Statements.

Proceed with the development of the other two sides of the Vision Frame – Strategy (How we do it) and Measures (When are we successful?)

Adopt the Mission Statement and the Values Statements as part of the full Vision Frame at some time in the future – possibly at the Semi-Annual meeting in June – completed June 23, 2019.

 

Progress

January 2019 Updates
The Vision Initiative Team reviewed the thoughts and ideas collected at Visioning events and Discipleship Hour presentations. With these ideas, they continued to evaluate and modify the Mission and Values Statements.

The Vision Initiative Team met with middle and high school youth in early January to discuss mission and values, and hear their perspectives.

The Vision Initiative Team presented the Mission Statement and the Values Statements to the congregation at the Annual Meeting on January 27. They also reviewed the visioning process that we have gone through this past year.

December 2018 Updates
The Vision Initiative Team reviewed the thoughts and ideas collected at the Visioning events in November. With these ideas, they continued work on the Values and Value Statements.

They scheduled meetings with youth to discuss mission and values.

A final version of the mission statement and the values statements will be presented to the congregation at the annual meeting in January.

November 2018 Updates
The Vision Initiative Team continued working with the ideas from the Values workshop and preparing values statements.

On Friday, November 2, a Visioning event was held specifically for the Sunday Church School, Affirmation of Baptism/ Confirmation and High School staff who couldn’t attend the adult discipleship hour on October 7 and those who missed the Values workshop on October 14. Here again, we had a lot of enthusiastic discussion and many great ideas were shared and collected by the Vision Initiative Team.

On Sunday, November 11, during the adult discipleship hour, the Vision Initiative Team shared the results of the workshops on Values. Developed from the congregation’s ideas, draft Values and Value Statements were shared and discussed. The response was very good and some more thoughts and ideas were shared and collected.

On Monday, November 12, the draft Values and Value Statements were shared and discussed with the Congregation Council. The Council had a great discussion and their ideas and thoughts were collected.

October 2018 Workshops
On Sunday, October 7, during the 9:45 am Discipleship Hour, the team shared the results of the first two workshops for review and feedback.
On Sunday, October 14, after the 11:00 service, we had a third workshop on our values – why we do what we do.
The Vision Initiative Team will work with the ideas from the Values workshop and prepare values statements.

September 2018 Updates
We held two Visioning Workshops in July. There was great participation at both workshops. A lot of excellent discussions were had, and ideas were shared. An abundance of data and input was collected. Thank you for your participation and input!
Since the workshops, the Vision Team has been very busy. They have been correlating the data and working on synthesizing clear, concise statements that captures your concepts. The team continues to meet weekly. This process takes time. We want it done well. Soon they will be ready to share the results for review and feedback.

August 2018 Update
Thank you to the 60+ people who participated in the visioning workshops in July. The workshops focused on the Uniqueness of Saint Andrew’s and on our Mission. There were good discussions and lots of great input was collected. The Vision Initiative Team has begun to synthesize the comments, ideas, and input, working toward clear and concise statements that identify how Saint Andrew’s can be most effective in glorifying and serving God, and making and nurturing disciples of Christ.

July 2018 – Workshops
The process was begun as we move forward in our leadership transition. The next step came in July with two congregational workshops led by Pastor Jim Weckwerth of the Joshua Group. Over 60 people participated in both gatherings.
July 13: “The Uniqueness of Saint Andrew’s.” We mixed a little history with a little dreaming and began to define the journey we are taking as we share our passions and perspectives.
July 14: This workshop gathered what we found in the first workshop and began to develop a mission focus with a clarity to reach a vision for the future.