“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servantswaiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet …SERVANTS.
… so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open thedoor for him.” - Luke 12:35-36SERVANTS.
Friday night:The Board of Directors serving andacting out partnership.
We spent timedescribing partnership by “real life” examples. We focus on the mission of Jesus together, sharing our unique spiritual gifts and strengths . . . For the sake of Jesus.
What does partnership look like?Our homeless feed is an operationto assist one University of MarylandStudent (Ben).His vision is to provide more than food.The homeless come to “hang out” andbe a community. “Partnership” means “being servants ofChrist together,” helping each other.
Moments of Partnership Board of Director’s Annual Meeting August 2012Rev. Craig Moore, Rev. William Chaney,Mt. Vernon Place District SuperintendentUMC Baltimore Washington Conference, UMCBoard Member,WEP Office space Pender UMC, Fairfax, VA Rev. Dr. Rod Miller & Providing tax exemption Towson UMC & online giving resources Partnering financially & as WEP’s BW Pastor Ellis Prince, Conference connection Lead Pastor for appointment Gallery Church BaltimoreBen Sternke, new!3DM coach for WEP We are in ministry TOGETHER.
Moments of Partnership Baltimore Washington (UMC) Conference cares about bringing sheep home. • As Rev. Chaney shared with us, Baltimore Washington is committed to joining us in our search for new ways of helping people discover Jesus and become “church.” They have funded about 30% of our budgetRev. William Chaney for the 2012-2013 appointment year.Baltimore District Superintendent
Moments of Partnership • Rev. Chaney shared with us his passion for people and how he once found himself homeless. We want to change people’s lives in Baltimore – together. • He shared how ‘vital’ congregations are not afraid to impact people’s lives, and have an essence about themselves which is self-sacrificing, mission minded, and Christ oriented. • He shared his hope for helping us lead and multiply this movement, and leadership, beyond the first small group of people.
Moments of Partnership Although our internet connectionEllis Prince, Lead Pastor was horribleGallery Church Baltimore 1.) We have a strong encourager in Pastor Ellis and Gallery Church Baltimore, who are approaching ministry in similar ways to Water’s Edge. • People at Gallery move into targeted neighborhoods to display Jesus and win the right to tell the story. • We welcome Sandy Ruiz to our Board of Directors on behalf of that Partnership and way of ministry.
Moments of PartnershipEllis Prince, Lead Pastor 2.) Like us, Ellis and others are beingGallery Church Baltimore called to Baltimore for Missional community planting. God is moving among MANY leaders. • Most of these leaders are learning the culture of living missionally and “urban.” • WEP needs to see ourselves in the larger context of what God is doing Baltimore-wide and Chesapeake Bay wide. • It requires these leaders and ourselves to spend time together discussing more than “business.”
It was late, and I have no idea what Grant is doing here. CarolWe have said before that the Board of Directors is first and foremost a group of friendswho are serving together.But, what does that really mean? How is it different from any other church board youmay have been a part of?
Officers elected: • Gary Ramsburg, Chairperson • Vice Chairperson remains open • Grant Thorpe, Finance Officer • Diane Collins, Secretary • Prayer Warrior remains openWe welcome Sandy Ruiz to our Board of Directors.She will be assisting Grant Thorpe in the area of connecting stewardship partners.
Changing our Corporate Bylaws Changing our Statement of FaithReflecting simpler, religious • Embracing missional community languageorganization tax exempt status and identity• Simplifying generally, but most • Staying Christ-centric importantly our “member • Including the Nicene Creed classes” to 2 – focusing on • Removing specifically United Methodist leadership alone rather than statements and allowing us to include Board members of other denominations general membership • Expecting each community to embrace• Giving Nonprofit power of statements of their own denomination which determination largely to Board are not in direct contradiction to Water’s of Directors Edge’s general missional statement of faith • For example, Water’s Edge ‘Baltimore’ is• Allowing us to grow with an specifically United Methodist, whereas ecumenical invitation but others we nurture may be a different United Methodist first plant in denomination Fells Point • This will allow us to be a future network of like-minded communities – with prisons, other churches, United Methodist, etc.
Yeah, corporate bylaw changes took time for discussion, but the process was incredibly important. Good job! We are ready for the future much more than we were previously. God has been transforming and molding us.
Discipleship in a “dangerous” environment is But this is the reason we exist. • We had FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - several community members join us for our Annual Celebration with the Board of Directors. Amy & Nathan, Tom & Nora, Rita & Randy, Kathi, Carol, Larry & Katherine
Influence is growing as marked by blue and red on map below. Green = 2010 | Blue = 2011 | Red = 2012
Transitions are happening now . . .WE SAID GOODBYE TO 3 ORIGINALBOARD MEMBERS.
summarizing our Annual Meeting . . .• We accomplished a lot “of biggies” for God’s kingdom. – More Defining of our organization & purpose – Participating in God’s mission on the streets – Describing Partnership with others – Meeting people, breaking bread together, praying – Celebrating fruit you have worked hard for!• We are blessed with each other working for Jesus in a movement that is bigger than any one of us.
We hit some conflict in our meeting.LEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
Here are a few things I heard . . .• More progress to be made; Be more goal oriented• Rushed at the end• Board members who left early• “I wasn’t listened to and my thoughts were dismissed”• “I felt frustrated”• Information which you didn’t have, but may have needed beforehand• Lacks in leadership• Traveling and eating took too long – logistical issues• Bad timing month in scheme of ministryLEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
Conflict (internal or external) is better thought through so we can openlyengage and have honest relationships. “Iron sharpens iron” meanssometimes there are sparks but it’s the way iron is shaped (i.e. not a badthing, but a tool God uses in us and through us).LEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
Write down at least twocritical issues or challenges orunmet expectations youpersonally felt at our AnnualMeeting?QUESTIONS
Please send that to Gary andSandy today, so we can lead adiscussion as needed in ourOctober meeting.QUESTIONS
Helping us think about someof our experiences.LEARNINGFROM OURMEETING
Urban Ministry is not the same as a Suburban ministry experience.
Frustrations of Urban Ministry These are “normal” frustrations for us who lead in Baltimore. You probably felt it. • Parking !@N&#*!!! • Eating out is lengthy – eating is a relationship, rather than a quick bite – i.e. restaurants here are built for relationships and experiences, not fast food. • Driving between places • Not owning a house but renting – at mercy of landlord
Frustrations of Urban Ministry Continued . . . • Small vs. Large spaces & the fight to find affordable space • Odd sense of Wealth and Poor in same space – surrounded by need constantly • Issues of security and safety • Lots of multi-cultural sensitivities (ethnic, values, beliefs, goals, neighborhoods)
“Church” Planting or “Missionary” Planting …is different than an established church experience.
Established churches have a (often times)helpful infrastructure which church plants donot have. Leaders Staff Congregation Programs Building
Established churches have infrastructure: Leaders.• Our mission planting assumption might be that people will come together and provide leadership. This isn’t reality. – Church planters work in a “leadership void.” People have to first know Christ strongly enough to be consistent and lead. – We are learning a process of training people to be disciples first from 3DM.
Established churches have many resources: – buildings, – kitchens, – pots and pans, – musicians, – money, – relationships in the community, – office staff, – weekly worship venues for communication & common vision, – people who care about Christ – History together – organizational values (for youth, or reading scripture, not drinking alcohol at a church supper, pastor is paid, etc.) – Established groups which get the work done (the kitchen mysteriously gets cleaned up!) • . . . Rather than none of the above in a start-up mission.Note: Yes, established churches can lose the priority of mission in each of these resources.
But … WEP has unique, God provided strengths.• You!• The Water’s Edge Board of Directors• our Partners, including established churches• A dependency upon Christ above all else• More freedom to innovate (after taking in information and being in the process over time)
We are people &missionary based. Huddle Group - Leaders Board & Partners Mission Missional Community Larger Community Huddle Leader (pastor or lay)
As we build, how doesGod provide & ask us Huddleto steward these gifts Group - Leaders of His? Board & Partners Mission Missional Community Larger Community Huddle Leader (pastor or lay)
While we build otherinfrastructure appropriate to our mission, God is teaching me/us to use and rely upon our strengths.
For example: It would not work in our current community to ask our people to care for our Board by providing meals like we might of a woman’s group in your local church.We are getting closer to that point as a few more people embrace our sense ofmission. But serving follows a sense of mission from God.
Using these gifts at our Annual Meeting:An appropriate stewardship of these gifts was for me and you to jointogether in casting a common vision with the community who came toour annual celebration (wine and cheese time at the Gallery Churchoffice space).LEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
Using these gifts:In that limited time, did I cast enough vision? Or should we have spentless time chit chatting and more time talking about what we hope toaccomplish next?LEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
Using these gifts:Can I do a better job at helping you share our vision in two different ways– for our potential community and for people in your church? Do you feeltrained and aware of what words and tones offend our community?LEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
What does the Board need to do next?As we process over this past year, and specifically our Annual Meeting,I’ve identified some challenges. I’m open to hearing how you hear Godspeaking as well!LEARNING FROM OUR MEETING
Board Challenges ahead? • Setting appropriate expectations together • Casting vision with others • Creating goals for the Executive Director and evaluation methods
Board Challenges, continued • Succession planning for the Executive Director position • Finding and Multiplying Board members • Identifying Board needs & ways to use our partner base to meet our Board’s needs
Board Challenges, Continued . . . • Becoming more intentional about Prayer for our fruitfulness • Leveraging what we’ve learned into Board calendars of work and better workflow • Identifying a Vice Chairperson and Prayer Warrior
When the way is challenging …God is probably up to something.
Thank you for who you are and howyou serve. Lord, there are days I try as I might to make sense of what You want. Make me take time to listen. Make me care more. Make me more wise in my dealings with people. Give me greater grace along with the ability to challenge only as You call. Make me a better friend and partner. Create in me a clean heart and a right spirit to serve You. Lord, make us, collectively, into Your image. Amen.