Vision for the Year Ahead 2016 (Report for Parish Council)

 

Building capacity and vision
This year we do need to undertake some serious work in building capacity and vision. Right now and over the next few years we will have some massive challenges – aka opportunities. And whether they actually do become opportunities will largely depend upon how well we are prepared and how well we are able to listen to God.

Manna
This vital ministry has opportunity to deepen and expand yet do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach

What do we need to do now to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of this ministry.

St Andrews – 1045
Given that we are looking to build on the 5 Mile albeit 5 years away what do we need to be doing now to build and prepare this people. Again we can ask the same questions; do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach
  • and add what will it mean to join with St Margaret’s? Is that the way of the future? How and when should we begin that process.

St Margarets
The questions and future move are even more urgent here. And again we must ask do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach [admittedly we have already said No in regards the venue but lets explore that some more]
  • and add what will it mean to join with St Andrews? Is that the way of the future? How and when should we begin that process.

The Five Mile
While many years away we do have to start developing a vision and a plan of what ministry will look like here. The ministries we want to see develop will have a direct impact on the style, size, shape, number of buildings we develop; and on how much green space we leave, car parking we need etc etc.
Planning needs to begin in 2016.

St Andrews site

  • What is our long term vision for this?
  • What ministries will take place here?
  • What other activities might it be used for?
  • What changes to the building and site need to happen?
  • How will we progress this?

St Johns
I suggest enough change of late. Let’s allow the congregation and Carlton settle for a time; before we ask more of the visioning type questions.

First steps
I believe a key first step is strengthening our leadership, in particular the eldership, and to pay close attention to the strength of Parish Council. This could include ALL congregations
I suggest

  • Eldership training, generic in nature to start with but then modified to the context. Aim of helping current elders know their role and their strengths and of developing others into eldership. Likewise developing other office bearers – this is not a lesser role, merely a different but equally vital role.
  • Review and Vision renewal for Manna
    • Strengthen leadership in accordance with needs identified from a review and vision.
  • Review and vision renewal for St Andrews and St Margarets
    • Make necessary changes to leadership structure and strengthen leadership in accordance with needs identified from a review and vision.
  • Development of vision for 5 Mile
    • Development of draft drawings/site plans
  • Development of vision for St Andrews site
    • Development of draft drawings/site plans

To help make a start on this I have asked Erin Pendreigh – Synod Mission Enabler to help us with the first stage of this which revolves around the leadership development and then to help us develop vision.

More will follow – but today we need to begin, let’s ensure we do that from a place of prayer.

Ian     12 February 2016