6 Ad Hoc Committees Thank you for serving. We are listening for Godâ€™s Call, and God speaks through each of us. Re our Behavioral Covenant, we should listen without interruption or judgment and share our views openly and honestly. The purpose of these Ad Hoc committees is not to advocate for one specific idea about how we should move forward, but to flesh out the pros and cons of the idea with as much information as possible. Each committee will be given a copy of the property appraisal, a document discussing upcoming repairs/costs re the facility, and a list of what is essential to St. Paul from the Jan Gathering meetings (see 6th section below). Each Committee is asked to: Summarize how your committee has combined/focused the ideas in your group of ideas into one plan for analysis (if your groups makes more than one plan from the group of ideas, the questions below need to be answered and submitted for each plan.) How does idea fit into the Mission of St. Paul as a congregation of the ELCA? Immediately (first 1 to 3 months) (pros/cons) Short Term (3 months to 1 year) (pros/cons) Long Term (1 to 5 years) (pros/cons) How will the idea impact the finances of St. Paul and consistency with the guideline of the IRS 501(c)(3) for organizations? Immediately (first 1 to 3 months) (pros/cons) Short Term (3 months to 1 year) (pros/cons) Long Term (1 to 5 years) (pros/cons) How will the idea impact the staff of St. Paul? Immediately (first 1 to 3 months) (pros/cons) Short Term (3 months to 1 year) (pros/cons) Long Term (1 to 5 years) (pros/cons) How will the idea impact the volunteer resources of St. Paul? Immediately (first 1 to 3 months) (pros/cons) Short Term (3 months to 1 year) (pros/cons) Long Term (1 to 5 years) (pros/cons) How will/could the idea be implemented in terms of timeframe? Immediately (first 1 to 3 months) (pros/cons) Short Term (3 months to 1 year) (pros/cons) Long Term (1 to 5 years) (pros/cons) How will/could the idea impact what is most essential to preserve about St. Paul, per the January Gathering meetings? (Welcoming, Community, Worship Style liturgical and traditional, Outreach, Music/Choir/Visual Choir) Immediately (first 1 to 3 months) (pros/cons) Short Term (3 months to 1 year) (pros/cons) Long Term (1 to 5 years) (pros/cons)
St. Paul Lutheran Church Behavioral Covenant As people of St. Paul Lutheran Church we believe that all people are children of God, created in God’s image as sisters and brothers of Jesus. We desire to live Christ-like lives in community with one another and value this community as a safe place. We are called to engage with one another in life-giving, supportive ways. We value civility, respect for all people, and the infinite diversity of life stories and ideas they embody. In order to live that which we value, we agree, in all of our communications, to: See the child of God in each person; Work together for the common good; Openly and honestly share our views with each other, especially when we disagree; Take personal responsibility to ensure that each person has the opportunity to speak; Listen to one another without interruption or judgment; Honor the decision that may arise out of a difficult decision-making process; Talk directly with a person with whom we have a conflict; Assume they have the best of intentions; Respect confidentiality; and Actively practice forgiveness. Adopted, as presented, by the St. Paul Lutheran Church Council on September 18, 2012
Combining/sharing the facility Collaborate with Lutheran Campus Ministry in its discernment process as Pr Anne Morawski retires in summer 2017 Turning building over with space allotted for us to continue to worship and carry out our ministry but rest of building used for compatible group to purpose as they need Re-evaluate relationship with UNM and UNM Health Sciences Center—how can we be of use? St. Paul Brewery Cancer Center and St. Paul there is a visual pathway—How can we expand it into a communication pathway with the church? As we are called, empowered and sent, explore outreach with health care organizations to share our space Chaplain home base, hospice to share this building Disposition of the facility Get rid of our possession (church, staff, etc) and reexamine what it means to follow God. Give the building to UNM with the condition that we be able to continue to have a worship space/labyrinth. Become the spiritual healing center for the hospitals. Expand the facility: Repurpose, redesign, re-decorate part of the building to more usable now and in the future. Put in gates to our fences to welcome the neighboring medical community. Gates = Openings Shower area in the property for our homeless friends Expand rather than contract—facility mortgage and building a new Fellowship Hall, restrooms, kitchen, elevator, classrooms off of Friendship corner Utilizing facility as a money generator: Bring in a commercial realtor to find and manage tenants who would use our building weekly or monthly. Love idea of partnering with hospital, scouts, city groups, other churches, but needs to bring financial stability Turn our building into a self-sustaining resource Possible ways to partner (and repurpose our building) and meditation groups/immigrant services, etc
Outreach to host concerts for a fee Share with other congregations--Uber Church—like the car company Offer workshops of all kinds and charge a small fee for members. Also, use the church as a performance space to earn income. Inreach: Dividing the congregation into teams and identifying the tasks and responsibilities and needs and ‘assign’ them to teams to carry out throughout the year. (Lots of questions about how this can happen, of course!) Contemporary version of the liturgy and music at least once a month Focus on who we are, not add things, but clarify what our strengths are and focus on that ministry, and be willing to STOP doing some things. Foster a sense of belonging with intentional connections with not people not in the service weekly (wellness ministry) More movement in worship Special “Going Forward” services to mourn and honor the past, and anticipate and support the future. Read Annie Dillard. Evaluate what we do in ministry and focus. Don’t just continue to try to do the same things. Learn to let GO!!! Self-inspired activity—spontaneity in implementing new ideas Talk with those individuals who are not here. Use the RMS redevelopment process and/or outside trained facilitator to right size our organizational structure. To have humor as we go forward with our worship, encouraging participation with less formality in naming participants in the bulletin, etc. Be more spontaneous. We have two choices—move all in and decide to keep doing what we do well and stop worrying and just continuing doing what we do until the money runs out, or join with others, find others that need help too. Staying in the middle, doing what we are doing, but without joy due to financial concerns--that needs to stop. Try something totally crazy!!! What if we tried doing different music, different prayers, different set up?…
What if we tried to make a service that has a little thing for everyone?... What if we had a service outside!!! What if we had one with dancing? What if we tried to do something unique each time? Turn worship into a time of prayer for the congregation, our neighbors, our futures, etc as well as praise of God. More dogs in church Consolidate committee structure to 3 organizations Administration (Finance, Property, Personnel) Worship and Music (Stephen Ministry, Worship and Music, etc) Outreach (Calico, Outreach, etc) To continue to allow creativity in worship to find ways to touch God that touches people. Provision of spiritual food consistently, challenging our understandings, inspiring us to move forward and outward Create a list of needs of members who need a helping hand with a problem or a ride somewhere or shopping or dog sitting or a meal. Also, use the church as a performance space to earn income. Probe how worship, Eucharist, education time schedules impact us We need to stay together/family/joint as the body of Godâ€”history of seeing church members split apart over decisions. Path forward is making plans and staying together More congregation singing and upbeat songs. I love Marty Haugen's services. I have always loved the children's sermon (often get the most out of that) Continuation of acceptance of all and the emphasis on love and grace. Consider two different services - one more traditional and one that is more casual. Involve the younger folks in helping put that together. Clear delineation of who does what and delegation of responsibilities. Organized trips to visit other congregations. Loved the book Pastrix and would love to hear Pastor Nadia Botz-Weber speak. I really enjoyed Pastor RoseMary Sanchez-Guzman sermon this past January. Celebrate and honor the past and who we are. Outreach Foster a sense of belonging with intentional connections with not people not in the service weekly (wellness ministry) Contact people in apartments building by mail and invite them to movie/dinner Invite Calico families and staff to the Friday movie nights.
To make ourselves more known to the surrounding medical community Continuation of emphasis on outreach and partnering with congregations in need (like Cristo Rey). Explore partnerships with AHS, and other schools (Montezuma) and join with other churches/organizations in supporting education Mini immersions to other congregations to have the experience of alternatives to what we do.