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    • State of the Church Report of the Pastor October 22, 2013 Church of the Palms 1
    • Areas of Discussion • Overall view of the year • Vital congregation metrics • Implications and observations • Areas of focus in 2014 • Required Pastor reports ◦Education ◦Service beyond the local church 2
    • Year of "E's" • Engaged Disciples • Energy • Enthusiasm • Excitement • Expanding ministries and missions • Extensions to the community and groups • Exciting new initiatives 3
    • Approach • Mission: ◦Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World • Approach ◦Connect to God, Connect to Others, Transform the World 4
    • Strategies - Church / Pastor • Create and foster "needs-based community connections" • Focus on "enhancing spiritual growth" • Discover and create "viable options for increasing our ministry and mission capabilities" 5
    • My focus: "needs-based community connections" • Deeper understanding of the community • Connections with agencies / community leaders • More time "in" community / less time at building • Encouragement / support of initiatives ◦LowCountry Senior Coalition ◦Shared ministries with St. Andrew-by-the-Sea ◦Possibility of chartering Boy Scout Troop 6
    • My focus: "enhancing spiritual growth" • • Meaningful / significant worship ◦Extended sermon series ◦Expanded use of laity ◦Encouragement of added elements (prayer, silence, visuals, special music, "gift" giving) Teaching ◦The Brothers! / Brothers Too! Bible study ◦Youth (Revelation) ◦Mosaic Lenten study ◦Individual mentoring / Bible study 7
    • My focus: "viable options for increasing our ministry and mission capabilities" • Leader mentoring / coaching • Communication ◦Electronic / social media / public media • Gift identification and application ◦ Financial ◦ Skills ◦ Talents ◦ Passions 8
    • Key Indicators 9
    • Membership Changes • Baptisms: ◦ Infant: ◦ Other: • 0 0 Members received: ◦ Baptized: ◦ Professing: ◦ Transfers: • From UMCs • From Others 3 9 19 6 ----37 10
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    • Membership Changes • Withdrawn ◦ By request: ◦ By transfer: ◦ By death • Roger L. Johnson • James Kenneth "Ken" Smith Members on roll: 2 3 2 12/03/12 12/20/12 175 12
    • Membership Trend 13
    • Worship Attendance - 149 14
    • Historical Average Worship Attendance 15
    • Membership to Attendance 16
    • Observations of Attendance • Church has never been in this range before • Places Church of the Palms in the "mid-size" category 17
    • The Tension Of Growth Is Here • Space constraints ◦Parking ◦Sunday school space ◦Youth space ◦Choir space ◦Storage space ◦Fellowship space ◦Volunteer / staff space ◦Kitchen facilities 18
    • More Significant Implications • No longer possible for everyone to know everyone • Not possible for everyone to be involved in everything ◦Ministries ◦Missions ◦Decisions • Communication becomes more important even as it become more difficult • Soon difficult to all worship together in just one service 19
    • Transition to Mid-size "The mid-size church is not a larger, more complex version of the small membership church, but is the entry point into a new model of being and operating as the church." ~ Rev. Burt Books 20
    • Transition to Mid-size • Reaction to Pro-action • Short AND Long-term Planning • Pieces to Systems • Centrality of the Worship Experience • Importance of Structure • Need for Financial Resilience • Change in Role and Focus of the Pastor 21
    • Church Structure • Two changes from last year ◦Separate Youth and separate Children's Ministry Teams ◦Combined Evangelism and Nurture Teams • Continued development of SOPs • Enhanced use of web-based technologies 22
    • Funding Requirements • Mission support ◦Including Appointments ($22,375 in 2014) • Ministry support • Facility care and upkeep • Staff care and feeding • Mortgage ◦Remaining: $295,000 • Loan is up for renewal in May of 2014 23
    • Financial Resilience 24
    • My Areas of Focus In 2014 • Vision casting • Comprehensive short and long term planning • Excellence in worship - addressing capacity • More robust "church systems" • Coaching / leadership development • Enhanced inbound and outbound communication • Linkages to external resources 25
    • Continuing Ed • • Sexual Ethics for Clergy (required) United Methodist Advanced Course of Study ◦ Summer of 2013 • Jesus and the Gospels • Book of Revelation • Working towards ordination by 2020 • Complete Advanced Course of Study • 15 of 32 seminary credit hours accomplished • 4+ additional years to get 17 credits • Expect to finish in 2017 • 2 years of probation from 2018-2019 • Ordination in June of 2020!!!!! 26
    • Service Beyond Local Church • Serve on District Committee on Congregational Development • Serve as Trustee of Wesley Commons in Greenwood 27
    • Thank you 28