Congregational Meeting Report: July 2018
THE FOLLOWING IS A REPORT from the quarterly congregational meeting held last Thursday, 7/19:
Fiscal Year: Ending and Beginning
June is the end of our fiscal year and so an end of the year financial report was given. We were pleased to announce that the General Fund working balance deficit for the year was under $5,000 and the Missions Fund ended with a working balance surplus of $13,500. At the beginning of June, we made a plea to the congregation to help us meet our financial need, and we are grateful for the way the congregation responded.
At the meeting we also approved the General Fund Budget and Missions Fund Budget for 2018-2019.
The approved General Fund Budget is $797,666, an increase of 3.3% from last year. Most of the increase was due to pay raises and the increased cost for health benefits.
The approved Missions Fund Budget is $176,000, an increase of 2.3% from last year.
The recommendations from the Nominating Committee were also approved:
Jen Mahr (Missions Committee)
Mike Schuberth (Missions Committee)
Shelagh Schuberth (Pre-School Committee)
Sharan Crabtree (Director of Children’s Ministry)
Attitudes and Opinion Survey
Pastor Mike reported that we had a good response to the recent church survey. There were 168 people who participated in the survey. The goal of the survey was to gauge how the congregation was processing the many changes we have made over the past year. The following areas of ministry were evaluated through the survey: Community Groups, Congregational Meetings, Communication, Volunteering and Attitudes towards Worship.
What was clear from the survey is that the congregation cares deeply about the ministry of WEFC and wants to be heard. Pastor Mike assured the congregation that they have been heard and we are beginning a process to digest the results and formulate a response from each of the five areas.
Once the survey committee identifies their key findings for each area, a report will be given to the Executive Board. They will then discern how to respond to the concerns and a report will be given to the congregation.
To this point, the committee has identified the key findings on Community Groups. The consensus is that on average, people are enjoying their community groups but at the same time they miss the men’s and women’s ministry. Some thought needs to be given as to how to meet this concern and need. This will be the process moving forward with the other areas addressed in the survey as the key findings are identified.
Pastor Mike indicated that an outside firm conducted a “vulnerability assessment” of the overall security of our facility. A “safety and security team” is currently meeting. They are taking a three-pronged approach to this issue: to develop safety and security guidelines, to address physical changes to our facilities, and to train our leadership, staff and volunteers.
Annual Reports covering the ministry of WEFC for the past fiscal year were made available at the meeting. Additional copies can be found in the front foyer literature rack or in the office.