In Touch February 18, 2011
Posted on February 18, 2011 by under Touché,

Where Do You Want to See Jesus  in the Ministry of HRC in 2011?

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Consistory started its new year on Tuesday night with a fun question: “What was your favorite car that you ever owned?”  The answers were quite diverse, from sports cars to clunkers, to old pick up trucks with “three on the tree”.  But the answers to the deeper question of “where would you like to see Jesus in the ministry of HRC in 2011, came to amazing convergence, primarily in three areas:

1) Youth Ministry:  There was immediate consensus this was an area that 2011 would see a great deal of emphasis on.  Consistory felt strongly that we need to look for a key leader and move to more depth in 167 Living with our youth.

2) Spiritual Growth:  Right behind youth ministry came the need to help grow adults deeper in their discipleship.  It was desired that we would speak about Jesus more in the stories of our church and that we go deeper in understanding the Lordship of Christ in our lives.

3) Structure:  It was recognized that our staffing has changed.  We have moved away from the directors model to a more pastoral model, built around the ministry areas of Worship, Discipleship and Mission.  It was recognized that we have not developed the organization that reflects this shift.  It was acknowledged that we need to develop that structure.

Every new consistory has its “savoir faire”, or spiritual flavor.  I think the 2011 consistory will be a consistory of depth.  I think about our 167 model with three arcs that represent our three transformational areas of living: Worship, Discipleship and Mission.  This will be a consistory that will look at deep discipleship.  I am looking forward to the ways that this is lived out.

We may have different styles of favorite cars, but it is good to know that we are agreed on the model year for 2011.  Buckle your seat belts for a year of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ!