So today was Vision Day at The Brook. This is our one and only business meeting of the year and we vote on the budget for the coming year, new management team members, church officers, and this year, a few tweaks to the Bylaws and Constitution. Sounds boring you say? Well it's not, because the key word for today is not BUDGET but VISION! I think we presented our vision for 2009 pretty creatively today. Here's what we did:
Opened with worship:
1. You, You Are God - Gateway
2. Forever - Tomlin
3. For All You've Done - Hillsong
Opening Comments: Richard Buckley, Interim Pastor, explained and introduced the day
Management Team - Our two budget EXPERTS, Ray Bergman and Rex Wooten shared the budget info for the coming year, giving trends, needs, etc. One really encouraging piece of info is, although we've lost so many people the last 2 1/2 years, giving PER PERSON has dramatically increased. I thought that was wonderful.
Ministry Staff Share Their Vision:
- Alison Fields- Life Group Minister - shared her heart and passion for Life Groups and the difference they can make in our spiritual growth. She shared pictures of our current groups and we set the video to "This is Home" by Switchfoot.
- Mary Agalsoff - Children's Minister - very creatively shared about our childrens ministry. She brought in the puppets from Faith Factory, used some music that the children use every week, and also scrolled a list of all the children who have come to know Christ in the past four years. It was alot of fun.
- Josh Britt - Student Minister - shared his vision for the coming year of Student Ministry at The Brook via video. He talked about raising up leaders, preparing for our mission trip to Guatemala, and finishing our student ministry room.
- Jan Owen (me!) - Minister of Worship Arts - I was the boring one today :) I just shared my heart. No bells and whistles. I talked about what I felt like God was calling us to do in 2009 - taking worship outside the walls, equipping and building and growing our team, having quarterly nights of worship, establishing a prayer team for Sunday mornings, etc. But I mainly painted a picture of what it would be like if we really were awake to God. More than anything else, I'd love to see us enter 2009 as a church of passionate worshipers that encounters God and then lives out that encounter all week.....simple yet powerful.
Time of Prayer - Richard led us in a time of heartfelt prayer, urging us to get on our knees or on our faces and come before God for The Brook. It was a beautiful thing to see people kneeling in supplication for our church.
1. Salt and Light - Jamie Smith
2. Cover the Earth - Israel Houghton
Offering/Announcements - Johnny Sharp and Gregory Jones (clearly the most talented people in our church!) did a hysterical impromptu skit about our upcoming series on Advent Conspiracy and our offering to build wells for clean water in Sierra Leone.
I felt like the crowd was a little sedate today, but it revved up a bit by the end of the second service. I was reminded again today of God's call to us to remain faithful. Sometimes it's not the most glamorous thing, but it's the most needful thing - to remain faithful and to obey what God would have us to do today, despite circumstances. I know God is calling us to great things in 2009 so we need to get ready!
This post is a part of Sunday Setlists at FredMcKinnon.com.
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