Ministry Renovation Team

March Update

The Ministry Renovation Team thanks everyone for staying at church on the 25th to work together to update our mission statement, create shared values and begin benchmarking three year goals. FIFTY! People were involved on Sunday.  Markers, flip charts, conversation, wordsmithing, and a few laughs, created the following.

MISSION STATEMENT

Together we nurture and inspire God’s entire beloved community to serve and transform lives.

CORE VALUES

  • Affirming: We welcome each person as they are, a beautiful child of God.
  • Service: We help and advocate for people and our environment, within our church, the community, and beyond.
  • Spirituality: We celebrate God’s role in our lives, embracing the examples and teachings of Christ, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
  • Joy-filled Community: We foster joy in everything we do.
  • Love: Knowing we are loved and forgiven, we reflect God’s love, and love each other. 

Three Year Goals:

In addition, the attendees brainstormed and developed three major areas in which to set three-year goals to  be developed as a congregation: 

  1. Witness/Service/Outreach
  2. Discipleship/Formation
  3. Stewardship

For example, one of 6 preliminary goals in the Witness/Service/Outreach area is:

to develop a new outreach ministry/community partner is added annually.”

2025 Benchmark: A partnership has been explored with the local prison.

2026 Benchmark: not developed

As you can see more work needs to be done to create the goals and work together, executing, keeping on track, and growing.  There was real excitement in the air – a sense of opportunity.

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Things have been moving along nicely in other areas – keeping better track of our flock and visitors through attendance tracking and visitor outreach.  Soon, you will be able to use your own barcode to “check-in”, this could be your library card or grocery card – see Jean, Kristin, or Paula after service and we can associate YOUR card with your MUMC record. 

One more thing – as we continue and grow as a welcoming and inclusive community, please help create an atmosphere where all feel welcomed, wear your nametag and reach out to an unfamiliar person with words like, “I don’t think we’ve met” or “I’m sorry, I forgot your name, I’m XXXX”. 

January 2024 – Update

MUMC’s “Ministry Renovation Team” continues to document existing practices and procedures, which also helps to identify areas for improvement. An updated organizational chart – including volunteer roles and ministry areas – is in its final review stage – like any useful tool, this living document will need to be reviewed at least annually to keep up with growth and changes.

The team has been working on a “Volunteer Accelerator”. This tool will help our church family find the best places for their time and talent as volunteers. This is a very valuable undertaking, identifying and naming current roles and identifying needs that can be better met. Each role will get a job description – some are already written, many need editing. Volunteers currently in the roles will be asked to help edit/create these descriptions.

A church calendar is in the early development stage and will include everything from worship planning, missions, committee meetings, building use and scheduled maintenance. 

The attendance tools are continuing to provide insight as we work to improve their usability and also the followup with visitors. Please stop by on your way into or out of the sanctuary on Sunday to “check-in” and say hi, and to see how these tools work.

Regina and Pastor Luana have been integral in so much of this – we hate adding to their workload, but the cooperative work we are all doing will result in tools and procedures that will make operations easier/smoother, and, most importantly, allow MUMC to grow into its full potential.

The team wants to thank everyone for their continued input, ideas and enthusiasm as MUMC embarks on this adventure together.

Mark your calendars!  

YOUR input is needed! MUMC’s “Visioning Summit” is Sunday, February 25. The congregation is invited for lunch followed by a facilitated workshop (about 2 hrs) to develop/update the Mission Statement, define Core Values, and draft a set of three-year revolving goals with one-year benchmarks

The leadership team (SPRC & Church Council) will continue that work for a while longer in the afternoon.

December 2023

MUMC’s “Ministry Renovation Team” has been working to document existing practices. This has led to exploring ways to more fully utilize the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform that MUMC uses to track membership, attendance, and more. This resource can help to better understand trends, successes, and opportunities. Most importantly, it can help us see who is missing from our flock so we can reach out and care for them.

Building on our Advent theme, “How Does A Weary World Rejoice,” the months of December and January are cold and gray. This provides a perfect time to explore and shed light on  better ways to connect, to understand our baseline, and create  a springboard for new and more effective ministries!

Another key objective is to document MUMC organizational structure: professional/paid staff, committees, groups, and volunteer roles & responsibilities. As this is documented, holes, inconsistencies, and inefficiencies will be identified. Next steps will include brainstorming with key stakeholders as together we look for potential improvements.

The team wants to thank everyone for continuing to share their input, ideas and enthusiasm as we embark on this adventure together.

In the new year the team will be rolling out pilot initiatives and gathering feedback – stay tuned.

Mark your calendars!  Your input is needed! An MUMC congregational “Visioning Summit” is scheduled for Sunday, February 25. Ministry Architects will facilitate an afternoon workshop to develop/update the Mission Statement, define Core Values, and draft a set of three-year revolving goals with one-year benchmarks Members of the congregation will be asked to assist in this design process as we move forward.

November 2023

MUMC’s newly formed “Ministry Renovation Team” met with Lesleigh Carmichael of Ministry Architects on Sunday, November 5th for a “Quick Start Summit”, the official implementation launch that began with the Church Wide Assessment in September.

As you may recall, MUMC hired the Ministry Architects to lead a two year process to design and build healthy and sustainable systems that create space for deliberate innovation. Following the Church Wide Assessment, the “Ministry Renovation Team” was formed to take the lead in exploring and addressing the many areas for growth that were detailed in the Assessment. 

The Assessment, which included input from 40 people in 7 focus groups and an additional 7 online responses identified 40 large ideas to be tackled. The Renovation Team reviewed tasks, set priorities, and assigned a leader to each of an initial set of items. The team will be working in 3-month intervals to be sure to focus time and energy effectively, because, again, the goal is building sustainable systems. 

Members of the congregation will be asked to assist in this design process as we move forward. A congregational “Visioning Summit” is scheduled for Sunday, February 25 when Ministry Architects will facilitate an afternoon workshop to develop/update the Mission Statement, define Core Values, and draft a set of three-year revolving goals with one-year benchmarks.

MUMC Assessment Report, September 2023

Team
Sue Vance
Kristin Moran
Greg Schuetz
Jean Stubaus
Bob Goodsell
Paula Michelsen
Lesleigh Carmichael, Ministry Architects

March Update

The Ministry Renovation Team thanks everyone for staying at church on the 25th to work together to update our mission statement, create shared values and begin benchmarking three year goals. FIFTY! People were involved on Sunday.  Markers, flip charts, conversation, wordsmithing, and a few laughs, created the following.

MISSION STATEMENT

Together we nurture and inspire God’s entire beloved community to serve and transform lives.

CORE VALUES

Affirming: We welcome each person as they are, a beautiful child of God.

Service: We help and advocate for people and our environment, within our church, the community, and beyond.

Spirituality: We celebrate God’s role in our lives, embracing the examples and teachings of Christ, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Joy-filled Community: We foster joy in everything we do.

Love: Knowing we are loved and forgiven, we reflect God’s love, and love each other. 

In addition, the attendees brainstormed and developed three major areas in which to set three-year goals to  be developed as a congregation: 

  1. Witness/Service/Outreach
  2. Discipleship/Formation
  3. Stewardship

For example, one of 6 preliminary goals in the Witness/Service/Outreach area is:

to develop a new outreach ministry/community partner is added annually.”

2025 Benchmark: A partnership has been explored with the local prison.

2026 Benchmark: not developed

As you can see more work needs to be done to create the goals and work together, executing, keeping on track, and growing.  There was real excitement in the air – a sense of opportunity.

Things have been moving along nicely in other areas – keeping better track of our flock and visitors through attendance tracking and visitor outreach.  Soon, you will be able to use your own barcode to “check-in”, this could be your library card or grocery card – see Jean, Kristin, or Paula after service and we can associate YOUR card with your MUMC record. 

 

One more thing – as we continue and grow as a welcoming and inclusive community, please help create an atmosphere where all feel welcomed, wear your nametag and reach out to an unfamiliar person with words like, “I don’t think we’ve met” or “I’m sorry, I forgot your name, I’m XXXX”. 

January 2024 – Update

MUMC’s “Ministry Renovation Team” continues to document existing practices and procedures, which also helps to identify areas for improvement. An updated organizational chart – including volunteer roles and ministry areas – is in its final review stage – like any useful tool, this living document will need to be reviewed at least annually to keep up with growth and changes.

The team has been working on a “Volunteer Accelerator”. This tool will help our church family find the best places for their time and talent as volunteers. This is a very valuable undertaking, identifying and naming current roles and identifying needs that can be better met. Each role will get a job description – some are already written, many need editing. Volunteers currently in the roles will be asked to help edit/create these descriptions.

A church calendar is in the early development stage and will include everything from worship planning, missions, committee meetings, building use and scheduled maintenance. 

The attendance tools are continuing to provide insight as we work to improve their usability and also the followup with visitors. Please stop by on your way into or out of the sanctuary on Sunday to “check-in” and say hi, and to see how these tools work.

Regina and Pastor Luana have been integral in so much of this – we hate adding to their workload, but the cooperative work we are all doing will result in tools and procedures that will make operations easier/smoother, and, most importantly, allow MUMC to grow into its full potential.

The team wants to thank everyone for their continued input, ideas and enthusiasm as MUMC embarks on this adventure together.

Mark your calendars!  

YOUR input is needed! MUMC’s “Visioning Summit” is Sunday, February 25. The congregation is invited for lunch followed by a facilitated workshop (about 2 hrs) to develop/update the Mission Statement, define Core Values, and draft a set of three-year revolving goals with one-year benchmarks

The leadership team (SPRC & Church Council) will continue that work for a while longer in the afternoon.

December 2023

MUMC’s “Ministry Renovation Team” has been working to document existing practices. This has led to exploring ways to more fully utilize the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform that MUMC uses to track membership, attendance, and more. This resource can help to better understand trends, successes, and opportunities. Most importantly, it can help us see who is missing from our flock so we can reach out and care for them.

Building on our Advent theme, “How Does A Weary World Rejoice,” the months of December and January are cold and gray. This provides a perfect time to explore and shed light on  better ways to connect, to understand our baseline, and create  a springboard for new and more effective ministries!

Another key objective is to document MUMC organizational structure: professional/paid staff, committees, groups, and volunteer roles & responsibilities. As this is documented, holes, inconsistencies, and inefficiencies will be identified. Next steps will include brainstorming with key stakeholders as together we look for potential improvements.

The team wants to thank everyone for continuing to share their input, ideas and enthusiasm as we embark on this adventure together.

In the new year the team will be rolling out pilot initiatives and gathering feedback – stay tuned.

Mark your calendars!  Your input is needed! An MUMC congregational “Visioning Summit” is scheduled for Sunday, February 25. Ministry Architects will facilitate an afternoon workshop to develop/update the Mission Statement, define Core Values, and draft a set of three-year revolving goals with one-year benchmarks Members of the congregation will be asked to assist in this design process as we move forward.

November 2023

MUMC’s newly formed “Ministry Renovation Team” met with Lesleigh Carmichael of Ministry Architects on Sunday, November 5th for a “Quick Start Summit”, the official implementation launch that began with the Church Wide Assessment in September.

As you may recall, MUMC hired the Ministry Architects to lead a two year process to design and build healthy and sustainable systems that create space for deliberate innovation. Following the Church Wide Assessment, the “Ministry Renovation Team” was formed to take the lead in exploring and addressing the many areas for growth that were detailed in the Assessment. 

The Assessment, which included input from 40 people in 7 focus groups and an additional 7 online responses identified 40 large ideas to be tackled. The Renovation Team reviewed tasks, set priorities, and assigned a leader to each of an initial set of items. The team will be working in 3-month intervals to be sure to focus time and energy effectively, because, again, the goal is building sustainable systems. 

Members of the congregation will be asked to assist in this design process as we move forward. A congregational “Visioning Summit” is scheduled for Sunday, February 25 when Ministry Architects will facilitate an afternoon workshop to develop/update the Mission Statement, define Core Values, and draft a set of three-year revolving goals with one-year benchmarks.

MUMC Assessment Report, September 2023

Team
Sue Vance
Kristin Moran
Greg Schuetz
Jean Stubaus
Bob Goodsell
Paula Michelsen
Lesleigh Carmichael, Ministry Architects