Looking Forward to the Upcoming Church Year

I’m looking forward to the upcoming church year. I had a great summer and I hope you did too. I appreciated having the opportunity to attend a few summer services. I was impressed with the number of people that attended and in the number of visitors that attended.

In preparation for the work of the upcoming year, the Board had a four-hour annual retreat in August to identify issues facing the board and congregation, to talk about issues in depth, and to learn some new things that will help us be an effective Board.

This year, Kathy Burek gave an excellent presentation on the role of the Board. Learnings from this presentation will help the Board focus on being more efficient and effective.

Following are the key issues that were identified during our discussion. We will be addressing these in the upcoming year.

Financial Management

A primary role of the Board is overseeing the finances of the church. There are several questions that need to be addressed including:

  • How should our investments be managed?
  • How should we manage our holding accounts?
  • How should we manage our money given the possibility of a future move?
  • What is our long term financial plan?

Space

Given the constraints of our existing space, we need to continue to maximize the use of space. How can we do that? We need to look at program and physical change options. Also, we need to continue to look for new space. We learned a lot during the process in deciding whether or not to purchase the Ibis Street Church. The outcome of the vote indicated that people are willing to move to a new location. We need to continue to search for options.

Next Steps Based on the Proposal for Committee Restructuring Report

Lisa Monson-Hokenson presented the report from the Restructuring Task Force. The goal of the Restructuring Committees Task Force is to recommend an organizational structure for accomplishing the work of the church that reflects the changing needs and goals of our growing congregation.

The task force worked for three years researching and developing recommendations. Many thanks to the task force for their research and insightful recommendations. The Board will review and discuss the report and determine next steps.

Policy

An ongoing role of the Board is to set policy. Setting policy is critical to the efficient operation of the church. Policy issues arise throughout the year, but we will be reviewing and updating the Membership Policy.

Again, I am looking forward to this year.

Laures Young