For many of us, the beginning of the new year is a time to make resolutions, to recalibrate, to reset our intentions and reconsider plans. In churches, we don’t recalibrate annually, but we do periodically revisit and reimagine our mission and vision statements.
This January, you will all be invited to participate in a process to develop a new mission and vision for our church. The statements that will come out of this are what will guide us for the next several years (until we do this whole thing again). The mission and vision that you develop will be what guide the board, me, staff, committee leaders, and other volunteers as we think of what programs and activities are most deserving of our time, money, and other resources.
We are doing this now because congregations need to revisit and recalibrate their mission and vision statements every five to seven years to respond to changes in the congregation, the wider community, and the wider world. People’s Church has been through a lot in the past few years—the departure of one minister, an interim time, and the arrival of a new settled minister; capital campaigns that have called you to new levels of generosity; and new programs and activities, including our refugee resettlement work and the first People’s Church softball team in many years. Things have changed in the wider world as well; we know that the policies enacted by our next president might call us to act on our values in new and different ways. It is wise for us to pause and ask ourselves the question, “what is life calling People’s Church to be?”
We will begin the mission/vision process during the service on January 8. The service will include a chance to start thinking about the strengths of our congregation. The heart of the mission process will happen in workshops in the second half of January. These workshops will be a chance for People’s people to look back at what we’ve done well as a congregation and cast visions for what we might accomplish together in the next 5-10 years. You can find the dates for these workshops here. Please attend. We want as many people to participate as possible. High participation will allow us to create a mission and vision reflective of our whole community.
Beginning in February, a writing team, made up of some of the wordsmiths and poets from our community will take the strengths and dreams named in the workshops and create a mission and vision statement. The intention is to have a draft to present in March. It will be presented to the congregation, feedback will be sought, and edits will likely be made. A final draft will be presented again and voted on at the annual congregational meeting in May.
Please participate—and help shape the future of People’s Church.
See you in church,