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Vision Initiative

The 2018 Congregation Council has identified four initiatives and formed Council working groups to strategize moving forward in these specific areas of ministry.
 
Vision Initiative
 
One initiative is to engage in a visioning process for our congregation.  This was identified in 2017 as a "Waypoint" recommendation by the Joshua Process. 
 
Who will answer all the questions we have regarding the changes coming to Saint Andrew’s? Together, we will— as we listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading to shape the future of our congregational ministry. That’s “we” as your vision team and “we” as the congregation. Together, “we” are seeking the way God would have Saint Andrew’s go and grow.
 
How? By working together as a congregation, we will participate in a process that can identify the strengths and gifts we uniquely offer to impact our community for the sake of the Gospel.
 


There are four "sides" to our Vision Frame: Mission, Values, Strategy, and Measurement. 
 
As of January 27, 2019, two sides - Mission and Values - have been completed. 
 
MISSION Statement: Growing Together IN CHRIST to Love and Serve All people
 
Values:
WORSHIP: Responding to God’s gift of Grace through Word and Sacrament, with praise, prayer and music.
DISCIPLESHIP: Nurturing the growth of Christian faith in all ages as we learn from and follow Jesus.
OUTREACH: Serving and loving our neighbors with generosity and justice by sharing of our gifts from God.
RELATIONSHIP: Living as a compassionate community sharing God’s forgiveness and acceptance of all.   
 

   
Februay 2019 Updates
Together we have gone through an extensive process of workshops and review and feedback sessions. This has truly been a congregation-wide effort. Through this process, you have shared and discussed your ideas, thoughts and comments. 
 
The Vision Initiative Team has collected these ideas and worked with your ideas to create clear and concise statements that are easy to understand and remember. Then together we have gathered to review and discuss these statements and collect your feedback. Through this process we have created the first two sides of our vision frame: Our Mission and Our Values. 
 
MISSION Statement: Growing Together IN CHRIST to Love and Serve All people
 
Values:
WORSHIP: Responding to God’s gift of Grace through Word and Sacrament, with praise, prayer and music.
DISCIPLESHIP: Nurturing the growth of Christian faith in all ages as we learn from and follow Jesus.
OUTREACH: Serving and loving our neighbors with generosity and justice by sharing of our gifts from God.
RELATIONSHIP: Living as a compassionate community sharing God’s forgiveness and acceptance of all.
 
What is next?
• Start using the Mission and Values – live with and live into the Mission Statement and the Values Statements. Discuss how it works.
• Start thinking about how and where we will display the Mission Statement and the Values Statements.
• Proceed with the development of the other two sides of the Vision Frame – Strategy (How we do it?) and Measures (When are we successful?)
• Adopt the Mission Statement and the Values Statements as part of the full Vision Frame at some time in the future – possibly at the Semi-Annual Meeting in June.
  
January 2019 Updates
The Vision Initiative Team is reviewing the thoughts and ideas collected at Visioning events and Discipleship Hour presentations. With these ideas, they continue evaluate and modify the Mission and Values Statements. 
 
The Vision Initiative Team will meet with middle and high school youth in early January to discuss mission and values, and hear their perspectives.
 
A final version of the mission statement and the values statements will be presented to the congregation at the Annual Congregation Meeting on January 27.
  
December 2018 Updates
The Vision Initiative Team is reviewing the thoughts and ideas collected at the Visioning events in November. With these ideas, they continue work on the Values and Value Statements. 
 
We are in the process of scheduling meetings with youth to discuss mission and values. 
 
A final version of the mission statement and the values statements will be presented to the congregation at the annual meeting in January.
  
November 2018 Updates
The Vision Initiative Team continues working with the ideas from the Values workshop and preparing values statements.
 
On Friday, November 2, a Visioning event was held specifically for the Sunday Church School, Affirmation of Baptism/ Confirmation and High School staff who couldn’t attend the adult discipleship hour on October 7 and those who missed the Values workshop on October 14. Here again, we had a lot of enthusiastic discussion and many great ideas were shared and collected by the Vision Initiative Team. 
 
On Sunday, November 11, during the adult discipleship hour, the Vision Initiative Team shared the results of the workshops on Values. Developed from the congregation’s ideas, draft Values and Value Statements were shared and discussed. The response was very good and some more thoughts and ideas were shared and collected. 
 
On Monday, November 12, the draft Values and Value Statements were shared and discussed with the Congregation Council. The Council had a great discussion and their ideas and thoughts were collected. 
 
October 2018 Workshops
On Sunday, October 7, during the 9:45 am Discipleship Hour, the team shared the results of the first two workshops for review and feedback.
On Sunday, October 14, after the 11:00 service, we had a third workshop on our values – why we do what we do. 
The Vision Initiative Team will work with the ideas from the Values workshop and prepare values statements.
  
September 2018 Updates
We held two Visioning Workshops in July. There was great participation at both workshops. A lot of excellent discussions were had, and ideas were shared. An abundance of data and input was collected. Thank you for your participation and input!
Since the workshops, the Vision Team has been very busy. They have been correlating the data and working on synthesizing clear, concise statements that captures your concepts. The team continues to meet weekly. This process takes time. We want it done well. Soon they will be ready to share the results for review and feedback.  
 
August 2018 Update
Thank you to the 60+ people who participated in the visioning workshops in July. The workshops focused on the Uniqueness of Saint Andrew’s and on our Mission. There were good discussions and lots of great input was collected. The Vision Initiative Team has begun to synthesize the comments, ideas, and input, working toward clear and concise statements that identify how Saint Andrew’s can be most effective in glorifying and serving God, and making and nurturing disciples of Christ. 
 
July 2018 - Workshops
The process was begun as we move forward in our leadership transition. The next step came in July with two congregational workshops led by Pastor Jim Weckwerth of the Joshua Group. Approximately 75 people participated in both gatherings.
July 13:The Uniqueness of Saint Andrew’s.” We mixed a little history with a little dreaming and began to define the journey we are taking as we share our passions and perspectives. 
July 14: This workshop gathered what we found in the first workshop and began to develop a mission focus with a clarity to reach a vision for the future. 
 
 
This is an ongoing process, and there will be opportunity for input along the way. Contact Dick Szabo for more information