What's Great About Grace
We'd love for you to come and answer this question for your self! Lately, this is something that we have been in dialogue about within the church as we go about clarifying the future vision for the Church. We believe that the best future for Grace Church will involve focus around the signs of health and strength (in other words, "what's great about Grace.") This church isn't perfect. No church is. But there are some wonderful signs of health and strength that we've identified as a community that we can continue building on as we discern God's future vision for the Church.
This full report describes in more detail our strengths, character, challenges, hopes and dreams for the future of Grace Church at this point. It is a starting point in the journey for us. Our next steps will include a 100 day season of prayer and dialogue in groups of three (we're calling them triplets). The triplets will meet 10 times for about an hour during this 100 day period from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2016.
We are excited about the friendships, vision and spiritual growth that has resulted from this 100 day season of meeting in triplets. We will be gathering on Sunday, September 11 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. to celebrate what God has been saying to us during this season, pray together, offer feedback on the process and hear about three future story scenerios for the ministry of Grace Church. You can register for this gathering by clicking here.
Here are the top 13 signs of health and strength that the Church identified about itself. These will give you an idea about the kind of church that Grace is. More is listed in the full report which you can read by clicking here.
1.Attendance: Weekly attendance is increasing; especially at the 9:15 a.m. service.
2.Bible Study/Sunday School: Increased opportunities and participation is occurring with new classes.
3.Children Ministry: Expanding and growing with a new commitment to children.
4.College/Campus Ministry: Growing ministry.
5.Community Engagement: Outreach ministries in community are expanding. Stop Hunger Now is a good project.
6.Fellowship Hour: Sunday fellowships help people feel more like they are part of the whole church.
7.Homeless Ministry: This is expanding with the Cold Night Shelter and the Dinner with Dignity.
8.Missions: Our focus on the world is strong. Our Sister Church in Cuba is important to us.
9.Music Ministry: Worship music is awesome. We have new choir members, and an excellent music director.
10.Stephen Ministry: Visitation and a focus on homebound is important.
11.Worship/Preaching: We have consistency in who is preaching, good sermon series, guest speakers, a variety, meaningful and inspiring sermons, and two styles of worship.
12.Young Families: We are increasing in the number of young families.
13.Youth Ministry: Expanding and growing with a new commitment to youth.