Updated Thursday, May 8 – The Strategic Planning Team meet for the second time on the evening of Tuesday, April 30 and the Holy Spirit was at work! The room was full of energy and engagement that ignited the team and brought forth lots of great ideas. Now the staff is still hard at work, guided by the laser-focused coaching skills of Barb Kula, to bring forth common connections, strategies, tactics and deliverables in the four focus areas:
- Children and Families
- Youth Ministry
- Empowering Servant Leaders
Stay tuned for more details by the end of May.
Messiah Church’s mission is to have significant impact in the lives of everyone who engages in ministry here, as well as with our community and the world. Through your generosity of time, wisdom, prayer and resources, we have seen thousands of lives transformed since our beginning 150 years ago. As a church, we have never been in a better position to be intentional about how we can maximize our impact in the lives of those who are here as well as those beyond our walls.
On Saturday, April 13, a team of strategic leaders (including our Servant Steering Team, staff and 8-10 other high level leaders) gathered with our coach, Steve Fredlund, to share ideas and make decisions about where we should focus over the next three years. This was a time of prayer and reflection on where we have been, clarifying where we want to go, and then deciding where we should focus to have the greatest impact while moving toward our vision. Sometimes planning can seem dull, ordinary, and pointless… but this is not the case for us! This is a vibrant time of dreaming about our future, capturing input, and inviting the entire church into a time of prayer in preparation to take the steps needed to carry out our mission in the most transformational way we can.
We want every voice heard and we want everyone engaged.
We are the church together so we are inviting the entire congregation to engage in three different ways:
- Share your thoughts by Sunday, March 24, through the survey that was provided.
- Join in prayer for those involved and every step of the planning process.
- Engage with those who are part of the Strategic Planning Team and share your thoughts, hopes and dreams.
This is not a process for the elite few to be decided behind closed doors and then mandated; we want this to be a collaborative process fueled by the hearts of the good people of Messiah. We are grateful for our past and excited about our future…together!
If you have questions about this Strategic Planning process, contact Pastor Tami Luckhardt at (763) 473-6968.
As Messiah Church prepares this Strategic Plan, we invite the entire congregation to be in prayer. Wrap our Strategic Planning Team, the process, the holy listening and its outcomes in prayer:
Join in Prayer – a Daily Prayer for Strategic Planning
Lord, help us to know, love, and serve you. Guide us as we listen for your direction. Use us to reach the people beyond our walls. Make us a blessing to those in need. And in everything, we want to honor you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Engage with the Strategic Planning Team
If you have questions regarding this process or wish to share your hopes and dreams directly with a team member, the following people are serving and are available to you for conversation:
Servant Steering Team
Tami Luckhardt – firstname.lastname@example.org or (763) 473-6968 ext.103
Steve Richards – email@example.com or (763) 473-6968 ext.102
Program Staff (All staff may be reached at (763) 473-6968. See extension below.)
Joy Ann Harmon – firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.113
Karen Klekner – email@example.com or ext.115
Kami Pohl – firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.114
Sami Tierney – email@example.com or ext.116