It is also a good time to do a thorough review of your ministries. How goes it? What’s happened with worship and educational attendance this year? How does this year’s membership data (demographics as well as numbers) compare with the previous 5 years? Where are we on our 3-5 year plan (oh, you say, “what plan?” – time to get one going!). What are we doing really well and how we can we do more of that? What’s the buzz? How is our morale?
And, perhaps the most important question: Are we more mature in our understanding of religious conviction and more successful living our values in daily life? And: how do you measure that?
Assessing ministry is a subtle and difficult task, so it is often avoided. However, you cannot plan for where you are going without first knowing where you are. And if you are unclear of your purpose (remember all the admonitions to craft a short statement of purpose or mission?), how will you know what matters most as you move ahead? Review and update your Mission statement!
The District can provide leadership with assessment and planning tools. Do ask if you’d like some assistance. Meanwhile, here’s a quick checklist for your leadership retreat:
• What are we doing well and can improve further?
• Are there pinch-points in our work that can be quickly fixed and put off the agenda?
• On a “doing well” vs. “needs work” basis, how would you rate your:
o Community worship.
o Adult education, faith development.
o Children’s faith instruction/development.
o Member to Member caring & support.
o Congregational involvement in the larger community.
o Leadership development.
o Transparency and integrity regarding stewardship & finances.
Good luck, plan well, be well. I hope you have made your plans for Justice GA next month. I’ll see some of you in Phoenix.
All blessings, Kenn