State of the Church
Report of the Pastor
October 22, 2013
Church of the Palms

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Areas of Discussion
•

Overall view of the year

•

Vital congregation metrics

•

Implications and observations

•

Areas...
Year of "E's"
•

Engaged Disciples

•

Energy

•

Enthusiasm

•

Excitement

•

Expanding ministries and missions

•

Exte...
Approach
•

Mission:
◦Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the
Transformation of the World

•

Approach
◦Connect to God, Con...
Strategies - Church / Pastor
•

Create and foster "needs-based community
connections"

•

Focus on "enhancing spiritual gr...
My focus: "needs-based
community connections"
•

Deeper understanding of the community

•

Connections with agencies / com...
My focus: "enhancing spiritual
growth"
•

•

Meaningful / significant worship
◦Extended sermon series
◦Expanded use of lai...
My focus: "viable options for increasing
our ministry and mission capabilities"
•

Leader mentoring / coaching

•

Communi...
Key Indicators

9
Membership Changes
•

Baptisms:
◦ Infant:
◦ Other:

•

0
0

Members received:
◦ Baptized:
◦ Professing:
◦ Transfers:
• Fro...
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Membership Changes
• Withdrawn

◦ By request:
◦ By transfer:
◦ By death
• Roger L. Johnson
• James Kenneth "Ken" Smith

Me...
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" cat...
The Tension Of Growth Is Here
•

Space constraints
◦Parking
◦Sunday school space
◦Youth space
◦Choir space
◦Storage space
...
More Significant Implications
•

No longer possible for everyone to know everyone

•

Not possible for everyone to be invo...
Transition to Mid-size
"The mid-size church is not a larger, more
complex version of the small membership
church, but is t...
Transition to Mid-size
•

Reaction to Pro-action

•

Short AND Long-term Planning

•

Pieces to Systems

•

Centrality of ...
Church Structure
•

Two changes from last year
◦Separate Youth and separate Children's Ministry
Teams
◦Combined Evangelism...
Funding Requirements
•

Mission support
◦Including Appointments ($22,375 in 2014)

•

Ministry support

•

Facility care a...
Financial Resilience

24
My Areas of Focus In 2014
•

Vision casting

•

Comprehensive short and long term planning

•

Excellence in worship - add...
Continuing Ed
•
•

Sexual Ethics for Clergy (required)
United Methodist Advanced Course of Study
◦ Summer of 2013
• Jesus ...
Service Beyond Local Church
•

Serve on District Committee on Congregational
Development

•

Serve as Trustee of Wesley Co...
Thank you

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Charge conference 2013

  1. 1. State of the Church Report of the Pastor October 22, 2013 Church of the Palms 1
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Year of "E's" • Engaged Disciples • Energy • Enthusiasm • Excitement • Expanding ministries and missions • Extensions to the community and groups • Exciting new initiatives 3
  4. 4. Approach • Mission: ◦Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World • Approach ◦Connect to God, Connect to Others, Transform the World 4
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Key Indicators 9
  10. 10. Membership Changes • Baptisms: ◦ Infant: ◦ Other: • 0 0 Members received: ◦ Baptized: ◦ Professing: ◦ Transfers: • From UMCs • From Others 3 9 19 6 ----37 10
  11. 11. 11
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Membership Trend 13
  14. 14. Worship Attendance - 149 14
  15. 15. Historical Average Worship Attendance 15
  16. 16. Membership to Attendance 16
  17. 17. Observations of Attendance • Church has never been in this range before • Places Church of the Palms in the "mid-size" category 17
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. Financial Resilience 24
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Service Beyond Local Church • Serve on District Committee on Congregational Development • Serve as Trustee of Wesley Commons in Greenwood 27
  28. 28. Thank you 28

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