Congregational Meeting Reflections
Here are a few things that I found very encouraging about our congregational meeting this past Sunday.
1. It highlighted our ability to adapt
The past few months have been difficult. Not being able to meet as a church family is not ideal. And yet, we have been able to adapt. Truth be told, we have been “adapting” for over three months now. Our live stream services on Sunday and our many Zoom meetings have enabled us to stay in touch as a church family. We are grateful for the technology that allows us to do what we do.
The congregational meeting was one more example of how we have been able to adapt to these challenging circumstances. After a trial run last month, we were able to figure out how to better conduct the meeting.
We don’t know what ministry will look like in the coming months and year. But when we look back on the past few months, it is encouraging to know that we will adapt. By God’s grace, we will figure it out and God will continue to work in us and through us.
2. It demonstrated the value of shared leadership.
We are blessed with a diverse group of leaders who love Jesus and his church. And it is evident by the time they put into serving the Lord and our church family.
It took a concerted effort on behalf of our leaders to help the meeting run smoothly. I appreciate all the ways Pastor Mike worked behind the scenes to make the webinar happen. Steve Peery and Brian Hucks gave excellent leadership to the presentation of the information. Skip Hardy and Jen Mahr (along with their committees: finance committee and missions committee) did a great job in getting a budget ready for us to vote.
We are really blessed with a unified and faithful group of leaders. I want to take the time here to thank Don Jensen, Dale Reese and Dave Gough for their faithful service on our Executive Board. They have been faithful servant leaders and a real gift to our church family. Welcome Rob Durbois, Janice Kooken, Karen Mann and Mike Schuberth. We are looking forward to their service in the coming years.
3. It reflected our unity as a church body.
You have been very patient with us as we have journeyed through this time. Thank you. We appreciate the many ways you have encouraged us and supported us and the church family through this time. Our unity was reflected by the way you eagerly participated in the meeting, asked questions, and gave feedback during the meeting. Your engagement in these matters is important and helpful.
4. It enabled us to accomplish the “business” of the church.
We were able to vote! That was exciting!
- We approved our General Fund Budget for 2020-2021 - $691,598
- We approved our Missions Fund Budget for 2020-2021 - $166,727
- We approved the names recommended by our Nominating Committee for various positions in the church.
We also prepared the congregation for our next meeting on Sunday, July 19 at 11:15. At this meeting we will be making the following recommendations to the congregation:
- We accept the doctrinal statement of the EFCA as the doctrinal statement of WEFC
- We refresh the church covenant
- We work towards a revision of the WEFC constitution and bylaws
Finally, we gave an update as to when we will be able to re-enter the church building for ministry.
It is our goal to begin coming back to the church building by mid-July.
For all of this, we are grateful to God for his continued grace on the work of WEFC. May he use us to be a source of healing and peace during these challenging times.