Throughout 2016 we have been discussing, listening and praying to determine how God is calling CMC to ministry in the coming years. These priorities stated below are a result of our congregational discernment. Now, for each of the priorities listed below, small groups of CMCers are planning and implementing changes at CMC to help us meet these goals. If you are energized by one of these priorities and would like to work with that planning group, call the church office. As we work at these priorities, we hope to grow stronger as a faith community and to extend hospitality to others seeking to know God.
Priority #1: Hospitality and Welcoming
We will embrace diversity and improve our practices related to welcoming and actively including and inviting others into our physical space and spiritual community.
One part of our Hospitality and Welcoming Priority focuses on Discerning Our Welcome for LGBT Persons Read More
1.1 By October 1, 2016, we will fine-tune our structure, processes and language to create a more welcoming environment and intentional guest experience.
1.2 By January 1, 2017, we will assess all ministries and programs for how each is welcoming and meeting the needs of diverse audiences (beginning with young adults and families) and develop a three-year action plan to welcome and grow target audiences.
1.3 By July 1, 2017, we will transform our physical space to be more welcoming and to promote relationships and a sense of belonging. [Related Goal 3.1]
Priority #2: Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
As CMCers of all ages seek to follow Jesus, we will deepen our faith, strengthen theological understanding – especially of our own Anabaptist traditions – and grow through spiritual practices.
2.1 By July 15, 2016, we will develop a list of existing and new spiritual formation and discipleship opportunities and survey the leadership and participation interests of members/attenders to inform program planning.
2.2 By year-end 2016, we will offer a minimum of three (3) new opportunities to help members/attenders deepen their faith.
2.3 By January 1, 2017, we will assess all ministries and programs for how each is supporting the spiritual formation and discipleship of members and attenders and develop a three-year action plan to support high-bar discipleship.
Priority #3: Community and Unity
We will grow in our practice of love, caring and unity, respecting diversity within our congregation and community.
3.1 By the beginning of Advent 2016, we will create relational and physical spaces to cultivate deeper, intergenerational connections and provide opportunities for CMCers of all ages to share stories of God at work in their lives. [Related: Goal 1.3]
3.2 By January 1, 2017, we will develop a three-year action plan to strengthen our practices of love, caring and unity using a more decentralized, member-led structure.