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Strategic Planning Meeting Update May 20

Published May 24, 2018 by

Strategic Plan Meeting May 20, 2018

 

Process Why? Trends Focus Areas

  1. Worship

  2. Hospitality

  3. Discipleship

  4. Community connections

  5. Communications

 

First Wave “Action Items”

Each will have a sign up sheet and will have leaders from the admin board

Worship; Leaders – Laura Brewster & Audrey Spencer

  • Adjust worship schedule to make it easier for folks to engage.

  • Add special services to provide more opportunities to bring people together.

  • Increase Youth and Children’s participation to increase family involvement.

Hospitality

  • Extend our welcoming atmosphere outside of Sanctuary. – Mei Beth Shepherd

  • Improve facilities and grounds to present the best “face” for God’s house. – Ron Burney

Discipleship

  • Develop broader participation in campus wide service opportunities to make it easier for folks to engage. – Mike Carmagnolia

  • Increase family oriented mission opportunities to make it easier for folks to engage – Dee Susong

  • Develop and Strengthen Small Groups to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ – Mike Wray

Community Connections

  • Extend community outreach to attract more folks – Gary Johnson and Greg Gitcho

Communication

  • Simplify the bulletin to focus on worship activities and key scheduling items – Connie Ellis, Rainer Mueller

  • Increase social media presence to attract more folks. – Lauren Bauer

  • Improve targeted communications to current members to make it easier for folks to engage. – Neil Gruver

There are places for people to sign up. If the form is full – sign up anyway!

 

Discussion

Will these ideas be on the web site so that people have time to think about them and figure out which one is the right one to work on? Yes

There are lots of ways to engage. Talk to members of the ad board, pastors, etc. Was the survey included? Yes

Want to provide input on some of the items in the library that are on order. There are several resources available and more on order on the topic of improving church membership.

Are we reaching out to previous members to find out where we might have been lacking or what they found somewhere else? Not in an organized way. Good idea that we might want to do in a more organized way.

Not sure how we can bring the people of the church together more often. How does that fit into the focus areas? It fits into the worship special services, communications, discipleship helping people engage.

How are we going to improve having young families come and join? Focus area to increase family activities.

We encourage people to be bold and think about new ways to work not to bring up old issues/things. We should talk to people/groups and find out what is working rather than just talk to those here in a declining church. We have considered sending a survey to those within a mile and a half.

Should we limit our discussions to people in a mile and a half? Many of our current congregation live further away than that.

Where is the prayer in this process? This must start with prayer.

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Contemporary Worship 8:50am - Sunday Study Groups 10:00am - Traditional Worship 11:15am

7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731 512.345.1743 info@NWHillsUMC.org