Transition Times – Living in the Light – January 2018
~ Home, by another road… Matthew 2: 12
As we begin another year of Interim Ministry together, the Transition Team thought it would be helpful to review the overall goals for this interim time and to know some of what we will be doing in the coming year.
- To understand our own history and the dynamics of the relationship between Nine Mile River and Riverview in order to determine the best way forward for the good of each point and the pastoral charge.
- To research and implement a form of governance which will work better for the pastoral charge and to ensure that within that form of governance there is clarity around roles and responsibilities.
- To educate the congregation around appropriate expectations of ministry personnel and appropriate ways of dealing with any conflict connected to those expectations.
- To engage in honest conversation about the way we live out our faith as members of the Elmsdale pastoral charge and how that impacts the way we live, work and worship in community.
Cooperative Ministry Plans for 2018
- As we live into our new Cooperative Ministry arrangement, we will create a document that sets the terms out in more detail so that there both parties understand how this will work.
- The Joint Needs Assessment Committee will begin their work early in the year, so that there will be a smooth transition to a called minister in July of 2019.
Plans for 2018 for Nine Mile River
These are being finalized at the end of January; they may include sponsoring a community meal and conducting a stewardship program.
Plans for 2018 at Riverview
These plans were made with input from the Transition Team and the Executive. You will notice that in each one, ‘so that’ is in bold. One of the most important questions we can ask is why. Why do we do something? Why do we do it in a particular way? Each ‘so that’ answers that question.
- Introduce new procedures according to United Church guidelines for counting the offering so that we can protect the reputations of individuals involved with church finances and to protect the church’s assets. The church has a duty to its volunteers to protect them from unfounded accusations they cannot defend themselves against. (Financial Handbook for Congregations)
- Introduce integrated membership and financial software so that we avoid duplication of input and ensure integrity of data as well as easily produce reports that will be helpful to ministry and mission. These will include:
- recording expenses and preparing budgets and financial statements
- accounting for donations, grants, or bequests and issuing receipts
- maintaining membership rolls and performing stewardship analysis
- storing information about people who have contact with the congregation but are not members (e.g., non-member baptisms, weddings, and funerals (Financial Handbook for Congregations)
- Take an integrated approach to fundraising so that we can make wise use of our human resources, and ensure that the fundraising activities are congruent with our Core Values and that there are opportunities for community to be shared without fundraising.
- Host a Community Round Table so that, together with the community, we can see how we can better connect with the community. (One of our core values)
- Host a workshop to develop a new vision/mission statement/tagline so that we can remember our purpose.
- Evaluate the new governance model so that we can determine if this is the best model for us.
- Have the Ministry & Personnel Committee update job descriptions for the Music Director and Office Administrator and then conduct evaluations so that expectations are clear and there are opportunities for appreciation, accountability and improvement.
- Clarify and standardize our policies and practices around building use so that there is transparency and uniformity and our building can be an asset to us and the community.
- Introduce a ‘Ministry of Visitation’ so that people who are no longer able to get out to church are visited on a regular basis. Rev. Catherine thinks she scared off the original folks who demonstrated an interest in a Pastoral Care Team, so has been re-evaluating how we might do this.
- Conduct a Stewardship program in the fall.