VISION FOR UUMC 2015- 2018
Developing followers of Jesus Christ to Serve the World.
We become the church that God desires for us revealed through the power of the Holy Spirit. We will not rest on our past, but build on our great heritage to become a more effective place of ministry for Christ. We seek to put God first; others second; and ourselves last.
Biblical foundations are key to our existence.
Regular worship is central to our church, using all our abilities to bring praise to God.
Fellowship grows the body of Christ and exemplifies the biblical understanding of “community of believers”.
Prayer deepens our faith and changes lives.
Christians are called to live daily for Christ, serving his church and his people.
By the Grace of God, we are to be exhibitors of Christian hope and encouragers of all people.
We exist to strengthen the family.
We are a Christ centered, lay-led congregation.
As John Wesley said, “the world is our parish”, meaning we have a large mission field.
Unless otherwise noted, the time period is April 2015- December 2016
Increase our average worship attendance by 5% per year.
Increase our Christian Education participation by 5% per year.
Increase our financial giving by 5% per year.
Host at least one church-wide cleaning and painting work day per year.
Provide four additional small group Christian learning experiences per year.
Provide at least one community-wide educational event for Young Adults.
Complete one mission work project in Belleville.
Provide an open gym monthly for community children.
Add one adult fellowship group.
Develop and implement a long range building maintenance plan.
Offer at least one musical program to the community featuring all our musical talent (e.g., repeat our Palm Sunday music on a Sunday afternoon).
Add at least one children or youth music or drama event in the summer.
Expand our input to internet media resources (Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, web page) to at least three times weekly.
By 2018, provide the funding for another church building in Liberia.
Plan use of Delmar Street property (lot adjoining north side of upper parking lot) to improve access and add parking.
Continue to explore purchase of properties adjoining church property to further support our mission.
Establish a liaison between the church and neighborhood schools for needs