SLI Team Update - June 2018
The SLI Discernment Team (Spiritual Leadership, Inc.) has been seeking God’s will for UCUMC’s future since last December. We have met monthly on a Saturday for eight hours living into a culture of Loving, Learning, and Leading. We believe this team can model a healthy way of functioning for all of our administrative and ministry teams in the church.
We have been building relationships with God and one other that is anchored in trust, transparency, and accountability. We have learned about our context for ministry using the MissionInsite demographic analysis tool. We have read books on healthy conflict and externally focused ministry. We invite you to read along with us our current book, The Externally Focused Quest….becoming the best church FOR the community, by Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw.
Our SLI group recently recommended to Church Council that we form a short-term team to explore our contemporary worship life during Lee Zeigler’s transition. Kristi Miller, Bill Benson, and Ken Beasley are participating along with others representing age, gender, and racial diversity. Facilitated by Rich Manning and Rene Wilt, this team will make recommendations to Staff Parish for consideration as they interview and audition candidates for the new contemporary worship leader position.
At our most recent May and June meetings, we have been working through fresh statements of our mission and vision, as well as refocusing our core values. Please take a look at the emerging statements below and tell us what you think. Our hope is to live into them over the summer and fall, with possible final approval by Charge Conference in November. Click Here to respond online or by using one of the feedback cards located in the pews, or by sharing your thoughts at the listening post following worship each Sunday in the narthex.
Change the world, make disciples who
- Bless others
- Belong in community
- Believe in Jesus
UCUMC is a community-oriented Christian Church. We intentionally build relationships with God and neighbor, one person at a time.
As UCUMC clarifies who we are, why we are here, and what God wants from us next, we will witness with words and actions and be - externally focused, - wholeheartedly welcoming, - willing to take risks
At our July and August meetings, and simultaneously with the on-boarding of new staff, we will be developing specific strategies and creating a MAP (Ministry Action Plan). This is the primary deliverable from SLI.
We must prepare ourselves that some change may be required. In order to be an externally-focused, community-oriented congregation, our present “comfort zones” may need to be challenged. We will be careful to honor valuable traditions while expanding our missional imagination.
God is always doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19). God’s heart is to reconcile the world to God’s self. Our job is to perceive the new thing and act accordingly! Your SLI Team believes that our greatest opportunity for growth is to help more of our people claim their role as witness or ambassador for Christ….and to exercise that role by coming alongside one person at a time, to share one’s own faith story. Every one of us who is in Christ is called to a ministry of reconciliation and must find creative relational ways to introduce others to God who, through Christ, makes of them a new creation. (II Cor. 5:17).
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