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GLC CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT – 2013. Forum. Sunday, March 24 th. Documents Utilized to Make Decisions. Demographics Survey (2009) Future Directions Task Force (January 2012) Staffing Assessment Recommendations (Dec. 2012). Demographics Results – 2009. GLC Membership

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GLC CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT – 2013

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Sunday, March 24th


Documents utilized to make decisions

Documents Utilized to Make Decisions

  • Demographics Survey (2009)

  • Future Directions Task Force (January 2012)

  • Staffing Assessment Recommendations (Dec. 2012)


Demographics results 2009

Demographics Results – 2009

GLC Membership

Median age is 30-34 years old

712 baptized members in 2013; 639 in 2000

Ages 0-19 28%

Ages 20-39 28%

Ages 40-59 29%

Ages 60-79 12%

Ages 80+ 3%


Demographics results cont

Demographics Results – cont.

Membership and attendance trends

Sunday School attendance in 2009 was 68; 2010 was 93; 2012 is 118.

VBS attendance in 2009 was 38; 2010 was 96; 2012 was 113 students.


Future directions jan 2012

Future Directions (Jan. 2012)

  • Strive to “inspire” people during worship.

    • Maintain a traditional worship service with inspiring experiences on Sunday mornings.

    • Incorporate children & youth in worship.

    • Use technology when appropriate.

    • Provide a better introduction of new hymns and music.

    • Offer sermons that people can directly relate and apply to their lives.

    • Share more service and outreach opportunities as well as their outcomes and experiences with the congregation through sermons and other venues.

  •  *** Hired Marta Mooney as our Music and Worship Director in Summer of 2012


Future directions

Future Directions

  • Strive for our own strong youth program with a structure and purpose.

    • Hire additional staff or refocus more adult participation to strengthen and increase program offerings for youth, especially Sunday school, VBS, 5th through 8th grade activities and high school youth group.


Future directions1

Future Directions

  • Strive for our own strong youth program with a structure and purpose.

    • Restructure confirmation back to a 2-year program.

    • Incorporate and encourage multigenerational participation into youth program.

    • Focus the youth program with hands on activities that build faith and serve others as well as offer fun social interactions.


Pastor tom s retirement

Pastor Tom’s Retirement

  • August 2012

  • Pastor Eric Carlson came to July Council Meeting

  • Honor and Celebrate Pastor Tom’s 27 years of service here at Gilbert Lutheran


Staffing assessment task force dec 2012

Staffing Assessment Task Force (Dec. 2012)

  • Order of Implementation:

  • Phase 1- Immediate Needs

  • Youth Ministry Director- Full or Part Time.

    • Focus would be on:

      • Education-Social-Service-Youth Worship-Counseling = Grow Faith

    • Could be filled by one of the following:

      • Pastor- focus on youth

      • Associate In Ministry (AIM)- focus on youth

      • Lay person- BS or MS preferred, focus on youth


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Staffing Assessment Task Force (Dec. 2012)

Church Structure

  • Previously a Pastor lead congregation

    • Pastor was involved in all segments and activities of the church. He or she lead and attended most if not all church activities.

  • Moving towards a Lay lead congregation

    • Pastor is aware of all the segments and activities of the church but does not need to be involved or directly leading that specific activity.

    • Pastor is available for guidance if needed for any groups of the church.


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GLC’s Faith Formation -

A TIME TO MOVE FORWARD


Glc congregation council 2013 retreat

GLC Congregation Council 2013 Retreat

GOAL:

Move Forward on Making a Plan of Action


Small groups

Small Groups

  • What Are the Pastoral Needs? (Made a list)

  • Is there a need for more than one pastor?

  • How essential is it that this additional staff person does what a pastor is called to do?


Responsibilities of the pastor

Responsibilities of the Pastor

Every ordained minister shall:

1)preach the Word;

2)administer the sacraments;

3)conduct public worship;

4)provide pastoral care; and

5)speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.


Responsibilities of the pastor cont

Responsibilities of the Pastor – cont.

Each ordained minister with a congregational call shall, within the congregation:

1)offer instruction, confirm, marry, visit the sick and distressed, and bury the dead;

2)supervise all schools and organizations of this congregation;

3)install regularly elected members of the Congregation Council; and

4)with the council, administer discipline.


Responsibilities of the pastor cont1

Responsibilities of the Pastor(cont.)

Every pastor shall:

1)strive to extend the Kingdom of God in the community, in the nation, and abroad;

2)seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel;

3)impart knowledge of this church and its wider ministry through distribution of its periodicals and other publications; and

4)endeavor to increase the support given by the congregation to the work of the churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA.


Pastoral needs for glc

Pastoral Needs for GLC

  • Theological oversight of all church activities (doesn’t have to attend all activities)

  • Administer the sacraments

  • Be responsible for what happens in Faith Formation

  • Invite new members

  • Available for visits to individuals on request: pastoral visit

  • Primary leader in worship


Is there a need for more than one pastor

Is there a need for more than one pastor?

  • Based the the information gathered, hiring an additional Pastor would be helpfulbut it is not essentialin carrying out God’s mission for GLC.


How essential is it that this additional staff person does what a pastor is called to do

How essential is it that this additional staff person does what a pastor is called to do?

  • Based the the information gathered, hiring an additional Pastor would be helpfulbut it is not essentialin carrying out God’s mission for GLC.


Glc congregational council retreat 2013

GLC CONGREGATIONAL COUNCILRetreat – 2013

  • Summary of Decisions:

    1) GLC will hire a trained lay person as a Youth Ministry Director.

    2) GLC will move to a one Pastor church.


Next steps for council

Next Steps for Council

  • Develop specific job description for Pastor.

  • Develop specific job description for Youth Ministry position

  • Council approves job description.

  • Set in place action plan for additional staff position.


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Common Questions


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common questions

  • Wasn’t Pastor Cathy called to be our Youth Pastor four years ago? Wouldn’t it make sense to keep her in this position?

    • Pastor Cathy was called to be our Pastor. She was not hired to be Pastor Tom’s replacement or be our Youth Pastor. We have not had a Youth Pastor or Youth Director for four years.

  • We had have two Pastors the past four years. Was this a mistake?

    • The council believes four years ago, calling an additional Pastor was the correct decision. At that time, we were a Pastor lead congregation. Due to the controversial decision with the ELCA, additional leadership was also needed at that time. We will re-evaluate again in 2-3 years.


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common questions

  • Will Pastor Cathy move into the sole Pastor role?

    Once a job description has been finalized, a final decision will be made by the council and by Pastor Cathy. As of right now, we anticipate her to move into this position.

  • How will the Youth Ministry position be financed?

    • We have included a portion of Pastor Tom salary into the 2013 budget for future staff needs.


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common questions

  • What is the timeframe for the new hire?

    The council is hoping to have job description set for both the Pastor and Youth Ministry Director by the end of the April council meeting. Our hope is that we will have our Youth Director hired before the start of school this fall.

  • How will the Youth Ministry Director position be different than four years ago?

    • Although a job description has yet to be finalized, our hope is that the person is trained in religious theology and has a background and training working with the youth.


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Additional Questions


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