Saturday, May 30, 2015

A New Vision

Fired up after our Pentecost Sunday celebration, St. Stephen UMC next tackles one of the three prescriptions of our Small Church Initiative "year of action" – a new vision statement to guide our future.

As we've learned from our coach, Rev. Carol Sparks, a vision statement differs from a mission statement. We already have The United Methodist Church's official mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. What's needed now is to identify clearly and concisely how St. Stephen believes God is calling us to fulfill our part of the mission in the ways that only WE can do!

That's why we invite all interested people to attend a morning-long Visioning Workshop on Saturday, June 13, from 9 AM to noon. Carol will lead us through consideration of our current vision statements to seek ways to combine and clarify how we will go about our mission. It's especially important for our Church Council to participate, but anyone who's interested is welcome to come for all or part of the morning's event.

One we craft our new vision statement, we'll discuss ways to share it effectively with our congregation and our community beyond church walls. Some of us have already begun brainstorming some great ideas about how to go about this task. Remember, as we learned on Pentecost Sunday, our world desperately needs to know about the love of God that we experience through St. Stephen. We see our task as sharing God's unconditional love with the world, and now we need to clarify "Why" and "How" so our efforts will be fruitful.

See you Saturday, June 13, 9 AM to noon, at the Church for the SCI Visioning Workshop with our coach, Rev. Carol Sparks.

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