Connect and Relate

Improve the ways we connect and relate

a. Make relationships an organizing principle of our church’s ministry.

b. Examine our current approach to creating and building community and take steps to develop new initiatives that will result in a greater culture of invitation, hospitality, and congregational care at our church across all generations, from youngest to oldest.

c. Strive to help every member understand their unique role in the missional call of God and to live into it.

d. Improve the way we care for those who are lonely, ill or aging.

Updates

August 2018 Update

First Pres has developed a Congregation Care Plan to:

  • Make relationships an organizing principle of our church’s ministry.
  • Examine our current approach to creating and building community and take steps to develop new initiatives that will result in a greater culture of invitation, hospitality, and congregational care at our church across all generations, from youngest to oldest.
  • Strive to help every member understand their unique role in the missional call of God and to live into it.
  • Improve the ways we care for those who are lonely, ill or aging.

The Congregational Care Plan is a living document that will evolve to meet the needs of the congregation.

Eighteen of 26 neighborhood groups are active throughout the city with a focus on developing community

The church website is regularly updated identify community resources available to care for the congregation and our neighbors.

More than 90 seniors responded to a survey provided to our members aged 75 and older. First Pres has adopted several of the recommendations to emerge from the survey.

To renew our congregational focus on hospitality and eliminate barriers to entry, hospitality will now be a function under the new role of the deacon. Additionally, we’re working to add and enhance signage and visual aesthetic throughout the buildings, which will be helpful for visitors and covenant partners alike.

In 2017, eight small groups with approximately 70 people not already in a group met during Lent. Some of those people ended up in regular year-round groups. In 2018, five groups with approximately 50 people met during Lent. All of the short-term small group leaders participated in training and group members enjoyed a new Lent Devotional developed to support the practice of generosity (see Strategic Priority #1).

January 2018 Update

  • We are focusing on congregational care.  Neighborhood groups are being formed throughout the city to focus on developing community
  • The church website has been updated to identify community resources available to care for the congregation and our neighbors
  • A survey was conducted with the more senior generation of the church to identify recommendations and assess how we care for our seniors
  • The hospitality team will join with TEAM 1 of A Clear Path of Discipleship and Engagement to focus on hospitality and eliminating barriers to entry