My daughter is looking at colleges over the next couple of weeks. This semester she will finish her first two years at a local community college and needs to transfer to complete her bachelor’s degree. Her visit this Friday is to Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. I’ve been by Emporia, KS a number of times on the way to Dallas or Austin but I have not actually been in the city of Emporia, let alone on campus. So what do I do? Two options come to mind.
Option 1) Mapquest – I know my home address and I looked up the address for the university on their website. Plug those two in and mapquest will tell me exactly how to get there – turn by turn, mile by mile.
Option 2) GPS – take one of our two GPS units and plug-in the address for the university. And for the next two hours I can listen to the lovely lady tell me what turns to make.
Of course there is a third option – old-fashioned road map but we all know that is so 2001.
Actually any of the three are viable options that will get me to Emporia, KS in time for the campus visit. I simply have to get in the car, follow the directions, and arrive!
Our vision at North Star Church is to glorify God by “fostering new and growing relationships with God and others through worship, learning, service, and witness.” So how are we going to do this?
Our strategic planning team developed the road map:
1) Increase worship attendance by 5% over the 2012 average
2) Engage at least 65% of our members/regular attenders in an all-church small group study to shape our common identity
3) Facilitate 2 community service events that will allow the whole family to participate
4) Host 2 community connections events to engage our neighbors
Now we have to get on-board and drive toward the destination! We have four teams that will be taking responsibility for these objectives: worship planning, staff, M.A.D. or make a difference, and community connections. These teams are working on or will shortly begin working on the events and programs that will help us meet our 4 goals. But we also see a need to strengthen our community as well. We have two culture teams that will be working among us to accomplish this task: community care and M & M or meals and mingle. The combination of these teams will be challenged to follow the road map as we drive for the achievement of our 4 goals.
But each of us plays a crucial part! Knowing your spiritual gift is paramount because that defines your position. Not all of us are leaders or planners BUT we are all participants. Everyone of us has gifts and talents to offer that will help us achieve our vision. The crucial decision is “do I hop on board and get involved?” I hope your answer is a unequivocal “yes!” Frankly it will take the time, passion, and energy of all of us to accomplish these goals. And because God is with us, nothing can stand against us!
My prayer is that you will decide to take the journey with us giving your time, your talent, your spiritual gifts, and treasure in the Lord’s service to our community. It is only through you that we will be able to achieve God’s vision for North Star Church. Join us for the journey! Ask yourself, discover, and volunteer!
Q: What is your spiritual gift?
Q: What team can you be a part of?
Blessings for the journey.