ReVision Report Prince of Peace Bastrop, Texas December 12, 2010
On “Change” <ul><li>“ Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the fut...
Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail
Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn
Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn
Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire
Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire 5. Safe
Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire 5. Safe
Parable of the Skunk The Environment Changes: Roads
Parable of the Skunk New Threat: Trucks
Parable of the Skunk New Threat: Trucks Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire
Parable of the Skunk Result: 1. No learning 2. No change 3. No skunk
Moral of the Parable of the Skunk <ul><li>Doing what you’ve always done won’t necessarily get you what you’ve always gotte...
Lesson of the  Parable of the Skunk <ul><li>Human beings have it all over the skunk </li></ul><ul><li>We can communicate, ...
Original Purpose of TF <ul><li>Response to $1.12 Million CEF Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching out to the community </li></u...
Surfacing at 1 st  TF Meeting <ul><li>Role & function of the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the Sunday School </li></ul><u...
Ideas Generated <ul><li>We must by action reach out </li></ul><ul><li>Need a five year plan, in writing submitted to the D...
Ideas Generated -2 <ul><li>Put the property up for sale </li></ul><ul><li>Close the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Regroup, rename...
Discussion with District MMF <ul><li>Five year financial plan </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Rebrand...
Narrowed Focus of TF <ul><li>Close the ministry of Prince of Peace (Shut down) </li></ul><ul><li>Become a multi-site of Cr...
Recommendations of TF <ul><li>Close the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt the “Rebranding Model” </li></ul><ul><li>Approve the ...
Five Year Plan <ul><li>See handout </li></ul>
As of This Date <ul><li>The church council has </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voted to close the ECLC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re...
What Does This All Mean? <ul><li>Continued presence in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Name: Community Identity </li></ul>...
<ul><li>&quot;Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you n...
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  • The Parable of the Skunk •      Skunks live in the woods and have the perfect defense. •      If stumbled upon, they turn, raise their tails and spray …the result: •      Running into a skunk ruins your whole day! •      All this works well as long as the skunk lives in the woods. •      Unfortunately, paved roads are coming into the woods … •      And a new kind of animal the skunk has never encountered … •      Encountering this new beast, the skunk uses his proven defense. He turns, raises his tail and …
  • All this works well as long as the skunk lives in the woods. •      Unfortunately, paved roads are coming into the woods … •      And a new kind of animal the skunk has never encountered … •      Encountering this new beast, the skunk uses his proven defense. He turns, raises his tail and …
  • He is extinct
  • Moral of the Parable of the Skunk Doing what you’ve always done won’t necessarily get you what you’ve always gotten… Sometimes it will get you killed
  •   Lesson of the Parable of the Skunk •      Human beings have it all over the skunk … We can communicate, learn and change techniques that don’t work anymore. Unlike skunks – we can learn from other’s mistakes and emulate other’s successes. We do not have to continue in the same old routine. We have an opportunity to change.
  • Pop revision report 12.12.2010

    1. 1. ReVision Report Prince of Peace Bastrop, Texas December 12, 2010
    2. 2. On “Change” <ul><li>“ Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy </li></ul><ul><li>“ Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy </li></ul><ul><li>” Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” ~ Harry Truman </li></ul>
    3. 3. Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail
    4. 4. Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn
    5. 5. Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn
    6. 6. Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire
    7. 7. Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire 5. Safe
    8. 8. Parable of the Skunk Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire 5. Safe
    9. 9. Parable of the Skunk The Environment Changes: Roads
    10. 10. Parable of the Skunk New Threat: Trucks
    11. 11. Parable of the Skunk New Threat: Trucks Skunk’s response to danger: 1. Face danger 2. Raise tail 3. Turn 4. Fire
    12. 12. Parable of the Skunk Result: 1. No learning 2. No change 3. No skunk
    13. 13. Moral of the Parable of the Skunk <ul><li>Doing what you’ve always done won’t necessarily get you what you’ve always gotten…. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes it will get you killed! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Lesson of the Parable of the Skunk <ul><li>Human beings have it all over the skunk </li></ul><ul><li>We can communicate, learn and change techniques that don’t work anymore </li></ul>
    15. 15. Original Purpose of TF <ul><li>Response to $1.12 Million CEF Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching out to the community </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching the point of calling a full-time pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing our “purpose” and “mission” </li></ul>
    16. 16. Surfacing at 1 st TF Meeting <ul><li>Role & function of the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the Sunday School </li></ul><ul><li>Guests & relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Name recognition and perception in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Visibility and location </li></ul><ul><li>Generating funds </li></ul><ul><li>What is the mission and ministry? </li></ul>
    17. 17. Ideas Generated <ul><li>We must by action reach out </li></ul><ul><li>Need a five year plan, in writing submitted to the District </li></ul><ul><li>Renaming the church </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the structure for mission and ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on Sunday school </li></ul><ul><li>Full-Time Pastor </li></ul>
    18. 18. Ideas Generated -2 <ul><li>Put the property up for sale </li></ul><ul><li>Close the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Regroup, rename, relocate </li></ul><ul><li>Bastrop is “a mission field” </li></ul>
    19. 19. Discussion with District MMF <ul><li>Five year financial plan </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Rebranding </li></ul><ul><li>Structuring for mission </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunday school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facility usage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Calling a full-time pastor </li></ul>
    20. 20. Narrowed Focus of TF <ul><li>Close the ministry of Prince of Peace (Shut down) </li></ul><ul><li>Become a multi-site of CrossPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decommission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rename to CrossPoint – Bastrop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure: governance and leadership through CrossPoint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-time pastor selected thru CrossPoint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission & Ministry – CrossPoint </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mission and Ministry Rebranding </li></ul>
    21. 21. Recommendations of TF <ul><li>Close the ECLC </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt the “Rebranding Model” </li></ul><ul><li>Approve the “Five Year” plan in concept </li></ul><ul><li>Suspend the By-laws pertaining to elections and board structure </li></ul><ul><li>Have a “stewardship commitment” process </li></ul>
    22. 22. Five Year Plan <ul><li>See handout </li></ul>
    23. 23. As of This Date <ul><li>The church council has </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voted to close the ECLC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommends “suspending” the By-laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approved the “Stewardship Commitment” process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewed the “Five Year Plan” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewed the “Mission and Ministry Rebranding” </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. What Does This All Mean? <ul><li>Continued presence in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Name: Community Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Mission and Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Financial Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Retooling the facility for mission and ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Calling a full-time pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing the five year plan </li></ul><ul><li>Trusting that God is with us! </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>&quot;Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 43:18-19 </li></ul>
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