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2 Zion Lutheran Church: A welcoming community equipped to grow and reach out to all with the good news of Jesus Christ. Vision Statement

3 Our Vision is acted out: Through uplifting worship Our Vision is acted out:

4 Through uplifting worship

5 Our Vision is acted out: Through uplifting worship By teaching and learning

6 Our Vision is acted out: Through uplifting worship By teaching and learning Through faith active in mission

7 Our Vision is acted out: Through uplifting worship By teaching and learning Through faith active in mission By accepting change and moving forward

8 Our Vision is acted out: Through uplifting worship By teaching and learning Through faith active in mission By accepting change and moving forward By leading with vision and passion

9 Our Vision is acted out: Through uplifting worship By teaching and learning Through faith active in mission By accepting change and moving forward By leading with vision and passion By promoting Christian values

10 Mission Statement Our mission is to tell the story, deepen our knowledge of the Gospel and provide the means of Grace to all ages through worship and learning experiences. We will do this by developing the gifts of people and equipping them to lead so that the world will know Jesus. Mission Statement

11 Objectives & Strategies Objective #1 That families will increasingly worship, learn and play together.

12 Objectives & Strategies Objective #1 That families will increasingly worship, learn and play together. Strategies: Create learning and play situations and opportunities that intentionally put people in different age groups together. Build an attitude toward intergenerational ministry where people automatically include all ages in planning activities and events.

13 Objectives & Strategies Objective #2 That members have a better understanding of leadership roles and are more willing to become involved.

14 Objectives & Strategies Objective #2 That members have a better understanding of leadership roles and are more willing to become involved. Strategies: Educate all members about committee’s responsibilities and functions. Create task-specific committee structure. Encourage 8 – 10 member committees. Give committees decision-making authority.

15 Objectives & Strategies Objective #3 That Christ’s presence is clearly felt by members and our role as Children of God is understood.

16 Objectives & Strategies Objective #3 That Christ’s presence is clearly felt by members and our role as Children of God is understood. Strategies: Provide a variety of experiences in which the community of believers shares love, acceptance, and belonging. Provide ways of articulating the gospel (Christ’s presence) for people during crisis or joy. Provide as many age appropriate resources as possible for learning the faith.

17 Objectives & Strategies Objective #4 The core beliefs of the faith are clearly understood by all ages.

18 Objectives & Strategies Objective #4 The core beliefs of the faith are clearly understood by all ages. Strategies: Promote the preaching of the Word. Promote Bible study and other learning opportunities in a variety of ways that meet people’s needs and schedules. Develop ways to encourage attendance at worship.

19 Mid-Sized Church Adapted from: Christian Education and Evangelism for the 21 st Century, Fall 2000 Definition: Average weekly attendance per worship Mid-Sized Church: Definition

20 Zion’s Attendance Record

21 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Priorities Pastoring Programming Personnel Participation Procedures Property Mid-Sized Church: 7 Struggles

22 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Priorities Mid-sized congregations are torn between the competing priorities associated with small and large congregations. In smaller congregations, relationships are the highest priority. In large congregations, performance is the key to ministry success. Members of mid-sized congregations expect both relationships and performance as priorities!

23 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Pastoring Members of mid-sized congregations often want the same kind of pastoral attention typical of pastors and members in smaller congregations. The increasing demands on a pastor’s time, however, makes this an impossible expectation to meet! In larger congregations, members expect to know their pastors through large gatherings like worship services, weddings, funerals, and newsletter articles. Discomfort comes for a mid-sized congregation, when members want the best of both worlds.

24 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Programming Mid-size congregations demand more programming and ministries than smaller congregations. As a result, leadership needs to grow.

25 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Personnel Congregations struggle with the personnel changes necessary to move from a heavy reliance on lay volunteers, typical of smaller congregations, to great numbers of paid part- and full-time staff who assist members to accomplish ministry.

26 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Participation At mid-size, tension often builds around participation issues. People begin to pick and choose the church events and activities they want to attend, rather than participating in every event hosted by the congregation. This often causes concern among long-time members when they don’t see the faces of everyone at each congregational gathering.

27 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Procedure Procedure questions arise at mid-size! Unless a congregation’s organizational skeleton changes appropriately, competing expectations of control and involvement arise. Members of smaller congregations expect their high involvement to give them strong ownership and control of decision-making procedures. Members of larger congregations expect to delegate a great deal of authority to the senior pastor, staff and elected church council members. At mid-size, members tend to want “both a participatory democracy and a representative democracy.”

28 Seven Struggles of the Mid-Sized Church Property Property issues create new tension at mid- size. In small congregations, members expect people to treat the church building as they would care for their own home. In large congregations, the church building is seen as a public institution where many people gather and maintenance costs are high. Mid-size congregations operate with both expectations!

29 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry Mid-Sized Vitality: 10 Handles

30 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

31 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

32 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

33 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

34 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

35 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

36 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

37 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

38 Ten Handles Necessary for Mid-Size Vitality Multiply hospitality ministries Strengthen community outreach and evangelism Ground growth in prayer-filled planning Expand and diversify worship Create additional internal, lay-led caring ministries Expect conflict and deal with it constructively Adapt your congregation’s organizational structure Staff for growth Move from a “volunteer” to a “minister” mentality through spiritual gifts Expand Christian education and youth ministry

39 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship

40 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord

41 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord

42 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord

43 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord

44 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord

45 Theological Basis for Christian Stewardship   Christian stewardship IS a response of faith   The motive is love and gratitude to God   The purpose is to glorify God through the salvation of souls   The guide is the revealed will of God   The measure of stewardship is ability, emulating the sacrificial spirit of Christ   The efficient cause is not our own will but the power of God’s Grace within us   The reward is a good conscience and the anticipated “well done” of the Lord

46 Zion’s Giving History Regular Offering $83,808

47 Zion’s Giving History Regular Offering $83,808$90, %

48 Zion’s Giving History Regular Offering $83,808$90,340 $109, %

49 Benevolence Giving (YTD as of October 7, 2001)

50 Leadership Responsibilities When congregational leaders give a significant portion of their income (a tithe or more) to the work of the church, the following is accomplished:

51 Leadership Responsibilities When congregational leaders give a significant portion of their income (a tithe or more) to the work of the church, the following is accomplished: The core group has an investment in the congregation and its future.

52 Leadership Responsibilities When congregational leaders give a significant portion of their income (a tithe or more) to the work of the church, the following is accomplished: They will also experience the spiritual benefits of generosity in their own lives.

53 Leadership Responsibilities When congregational leaders give a significant portion of their income (a tithe or more) to the work of the church, the following is accomplished: They are able to ask others to be generous.

54 Leadership Responsibilities When congregational leaders give a significant portion of their income (a tithe or more) to the work of the church, the following is accomplished: They have provided a good model for others.

55 Leadership Responsibilities When congregational leaders give a significant portion of their income (a tithe or more) to the work of the church, the following is accomplished: A significant amount of money is available for ministry.

56 So, who’s leading the way in financial stewardship? So, who’s leading?

57 So, who’s leading the way in financial stewardship? So, who’s leading? You are, Leader. You are!

58 So where does the money go?

59 Your regular offering

60 Our Congregation 

61 Your regular offering Our Congregation   Zion’s ministries Our synod & its ministries 

62 Your regular offering Our Congregation   Zion’s ministries Our synod & its ministries  Our churchwide organization & its ministries 

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