The Visioning Team presented the framework that will guide the vision in the coming months. Watch the video of the presentation on November 22nd and read the guidelines below.
A VISION FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER OF TRINITY’S LIFE AND MISSION
We believe that the Spirit of God is leading Trinity into a next chapter of ministry that will require us to carefully steward our historical identity and heritage as we seek to courageously engage and address the numerous changes now taking place within our congregational life and the larger community we seek to serve.
KEY GUIDELINES FOR PURSUING THIS VISION
1 Developing Long-Term Viability: We are committed to developing a ministry approach that helps ensure the long-term viability of Trinity as an Episcopal congregation in this area.
2 Stewarding Well Our Core Ministries: We will attend to stewarding our core ministries well while we work to adapt them based on on-going evaluation to meet the changing needs within the church and the larger community we seek to serve.
3 Living within Our Means: We are committed to designing and implementing a ministry that lives within the resources which are available in relation to finances, staff, lay leadership/volunteers, and physical assets.
4 Willingness to Risk and Experiment: We are willing to engage in risk, experimentation, and on-going evaluation as we try new things to address the changes taking place within the church and the community we seek to serve.
5 Balancing Inward and Outward: We are committed to bringing more into balance the time and effort that we invest in engaging the community we seek to serve with those we invest in our inward ministries.
6 Learning to Engage with the “Other”: We will actively engage persons in our larger community not presently served by the church in ways that listen to, walk with, and learn from them as we bear witness to the good news of the gospel.
7 Program Simplicity and Coherence: We will attend to developing a program approach that is simplified from its present complexity and is aligned with our mission, vision, and resources; meaning we will need to say “no” to some of our present activities and ministries.
8 Increasing Lay Leadership: We will work to increase lay leadership within our ministry at all levels, with staff being involved primarily in recruiting, training, and empowering these persons to lead.
9 Discerning God’s Continued Leading: We will continually and intentionally scan for places where God appears to be at work in our midst and within the larger community we serve; and then act to align our ministry with these movements.
10 Cultivating Partnerships: We will actively develop partnerships with other groups, faith communities, and organizations which help promote the work of God in our context; while also being willing to step up and lead when we feel called to do so.