Our fourth strategic planning session was all about getting things done. In sessions 2 and 3, we set ambitious outreach goals and ministry priorities that will shape the ministry of St Mark for years to come. In session IV, we began to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
- The role of each team of the congregation as per the constitution to discuss what the teams work should be moving forward, which in some cases will be different than what the role has
- The role of the pastor as per the constitution to discuss what the pastor’s role should be moving forward, which may be different than what the pastor’s role has
- The role of council as per the constitution to discuss council’s role in the ministry of the congregation.
- The role of paid staff as per job descriptions in the ministry of the congregation.
Then we assigned all of outreach goals and primary ministries to teams and staff (allowing room for overlap) and prioritized them. We walked away with a pretty good infrastructure for getting these things done!
However, the most important part of the plan is the participation of the congregation. The ministry is the work of the congregation to plan, organize, and execute, and without the members of the congregation, nothing will happen! Remember, all of the power and work of mission lies with the congregation. The work then gets done by participating in our various teams and leadership roles.
If you do not currently serve on a team, consider finding a way to get involved. We ALL have gifts for ministry and interests that God needs to carry out the work we share. We encourage all of our members to bring their own ideas, passions, gifts, and interests, and most importantly their hands, time, money, and energy to make it happen.
As a member of St Mark, you are part of God’s mission. Your time, talents, and financial resources make the amazing work of this congregation possible. Thanks be to God!