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Long Range Ministry Plan
Messiah Lutheran Church: Who We Are Today
Messiah has matured past its startup, “adolescent” stage. What then, are the new areas of focus for Messiah, now entering “young adulthood”? To be sure, the core of Messiah’s Lutheran intellectual heritage and tradition are to be cherished, preserved, and celebrated. Few denominations have the depth of knowledge and scholarship of the Gospel that Messiah has inherited as a Lutheran evangelical church. Messiah has also achieved high marks for its facilities, its easy style, its innovative culture, and its strong music and children’s programs. However as the congregation has grown, issues of member assimilation, involvement, and connection have been identified as weak links. The worldly modes of communication have been greatly expanded and have become more complex. The path to deeper spiritual growth and understanding is ambiguous to an increasing number of members. And the strains of administering a larger organization have conflicted at times with the pastoral duties of the church. The response to these “growing pains” will form the basis of a re-alignment of supporting objectives for the congregation moving forward into 2012 and beyond.
Long Range Ministry Plan:Be connectors of Christ in our Community
To achieve this strategy we will focus on efforts to accomplish the following:
1-3 Year Critical Factors:
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