The April, 2016 issue of The Messenger included a Ministry Action Plan for Trinity. With an accepted offer on the Education Building and an anticipated closing this spring, now is a good time to evaluate where we are in relation to that plan.
In January of 2014, Rev. Dr. Dan Bonner, a church growth consultant from the Center for Urban Congregational Development, delivered his report with recommendations for Trinity’s future. His consulting process included many conversations (“interviews”) with Trinity’s members and constituents. Through those interviews, Rev. Bonner heard concern from our members regarding the upkeep of our facilities and our financial needs. Also, though impressed with Trinity’s long-time support of Missions, he was concerned that our congregation did not have an effective strategy to build relationships within the neighborhood. Bonner wrote: “we did not observe or hear described any strongly held value or strategy in place for ‘going’ to strengthen your congregation’s ties with your neighbors.” Through the report and dialogue with church leadership, Rev. Bonner recommended exploring ways to utilize our Education Building to address these concerns. He recommended we initiate a partnership with another local ministry partner that could promote community relationships and address the financial burden of the Education Building. That recommendation was the impetus for our conversation and negotiations with Head Start through last spring and summer. However, over time it became apparent that such a partnership would require significant financial commitment from Trinity (financial expenditures to make improvements and modifications to the building required to meet Head Start standards) thereby increasing, rather than decreasing, financial stress. Following up with a couple of additional not-for-profits yielded (although much more quickly) a similar response. Therefore Trustees recommended, and a Church Conference approved, the sale of the Education Building. It seems likely that the sale proceeds could pay off Trinity’s loan and provide much firmer financial footing.
But that does not address the additional concern Dr. Bonner identified; that we need to find effective ways to reach out into our community and build relationships. So, toward that end, a “Dream Team” met last fall to brainstorm some potential initiatives to grow our involvement with our community. At a Community Dream Day, held after worship on Feb. 12, the following ideas were further discussed and developed:
In order for these outreach initiatives to be successful and to truly grow relationships, many volunteers will be needed. Some will need to have specific skills. In other cases, volunteer responsibilities will be easy and simple. We are currently in the process of identifying the volunteer needs, skills and tasks. So watch for more information about this in the future.
COMMUNITY DREAM DAY RESULTS
Thank you to everyone who made the Souper Bowl of Caring a success on Sunday! We raised over $300 for the food pantry!
The missions team was proud to partner with our youth group for the Souper Bowl of Caring. It is a simple and meaningful way to unite communities around important issues, such as hunger, poverty and homelessness. Souper Bowl of Caring empowers young people to lead the movement in their local community, believing that no one is too young to make a difference. This national movement is transforming the weekend of the Big Game into the nation’s largest youth-inspired weekend of giving and serving.
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