St. Paul’s Ministry Discernment Committee



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St. Paul’s Ministry Discernment Committee

  • Self Study Summary
  • Presentation

Results

  • Results are based upon
    • 53 Questionnaires returned with comments
      • Each Questionnaire had 200 possible answers
      • Several essay questions were included
    • Forum held with 20 attendees
      • Focus on the major questions

Four Major Questions

  • What are we being called to be as the Episcopal Church in this town?
  • What are our strengths and our gifts?
  • What challenges lie ahead for us?
  • What sort of clergy leadership will we require to bring out the best in all of us?

What are we being called to be as the Episcopal Church in this town (city)?

  • “St. Paul’s is a beacon for the community because it stands in the middle of town with a white tower that can be seen from a distance.” – Claire Clay
  • Live out our Mission Statement

What are we being called to be as the Episcopal Church in this town (city)?

  • Offer opportunities to make a difference
  • Provide opportunities for family activities
  • Provide Christian Education at all age levels
  • Provide youth programs

What are we being called to be as the Episcopal Church in this town (city)?

  • Provide some service projects that would encourage the youth to participate such as:
    • Katrina recovery
    • Job Corp projects
    • Refugee and Immigrant or Migrant Communities
  • Have lectures, concerts, sermons involving others outside the parish

What are we being called to be as the Episcopal Church in this town (city)?

  • Move from an internal to an external focus
    • Provide Outreach Ministries
    • Get involved with the national level to enhance local ministries
    • Find local needs that we can fill such as mentoring children
    • Find opportunities to serve immigrants

What are we being called to be as the Episcopal Church in this town (city)?

  • Provide diverse musical programs
    • Concerts in the Church
    • Organ and/or Choral recitals, etc.
  • Find more uses for the Parish Hall
    • Times when it is not used
    • Possible outreach resource
    • Some opposition to use for storing band equipment

What are our strengths and our gifts?

  • Fellowship
  • Music
  • Spiritual strength and spiritual nurturing
  • Friendships developed and trust among us
  • Experience renewed faith
  • A caring community
  • A warm and welcoming community

What are our strengths and our gifts?

  • Our history
  • Our beautiful facility (worship area)
  • The Swift endowment
  • Very accepting of all people
  • Have a wide range of liturgical offerings and are very ecumenical
  • Traditional and yet willing to try new things
  • Strong support system and has energy to meet the needs of the parish and beyond

What challenges lie ahead for us?

  • Develop a willingness to change
  • Create a program to provide more home visits, calls, and follow-up notes
  • Create a program to work on welcoming and keeping newcomers
  • Increase membership and build a future congregation
  • Lower the average age of our aging congregation

What challenges lie ahead for us?

  • Plan and manage our endowments
  • Communicate between all the various committees and groups in our church
  • Care and use of our facilities
  • Raise funds for outreach
  • Have a well-attended Sunday School

What challenges lie ahead for us?

  • Develop youth programs
  • Keep a rector to achieve stability over the long term
  • Develop a stewardship program that is year round
  • Establish and prioritize our goals and achieve unity around those goals
  • Address divisive issues and come to agreement

What challenges lie ahead for us?

  • As we grow, the Parish Hall may not accommodate the parish
  • Increase the number of people that participate in accomplishing parish tasks
  • Not enough regular attendance members
  • Maintain and keep our web site up-to-date

What challenges lie ahead for us?

  • Continuity in performing administrative duties
    • Volunteers now, maybe a combination of volunteers and a part time paid position in future
  • Need more people to spread the word and grow

What sort of clergy leadership will we require to bring out the best in all of us?

  • Provides good preaching that is scripture based and meaningful
  • Someone who lives in our community and wants to work with our community
  • A person who has a family-oriented outlook
  • Someone willing to stay for an extended period of time

What sort of clergy leadership will we require to bring out the best in all of us?

  • Has the following characteristics:
    • Enthusiastic
    • Intelligent
    • Well educated
    • Good listener
    • Sense of humor
    • Intellectually stimulating
    • A people person (warm and outgoing)

What sort of clergy leadership will we require to bring out the best in all of us?

  • Someone who is a consensus builder and brings us all together.
    • Makes sure all points of view are heard and taken into consideration.
    • Finds a balance between the old and the new so that everyone is comfortable and spiritually nourished
  • A person who identifies and encourages our gifts and skills

What sort of clergy leadership will we require to bring out the best in all of us?

  • Someone who brings compassion to pastoral care
  • Has financial acumen

Demographics

Demographics

Participation in Activities

Comments on Participation

  • Responses in the 19 to 30 age group are zero.
  • Otherwise, there is a good mix of age groups participating, with a high percentage being over 60 years of age.

Rite I Preferences

Rite II Preferences

Alternate Liturgies Preferences

Morning Prayer Preferences

Evening Prayer Preferences

Compline Preferences

Other Prayer Preferences

Ideas for Other Prayers

  • Tape record services and sermons for shut-ins
  • Read prayers written by parish members.
  • Hip Hop service
  • Consider a quiet day.
  • Quiet prayer in church when visiting the parish hall and appreciate the accessibility. Miss the days when churches were never locked.
  • Have a regular mid-week Eucharist.

Frequency of Services

Celebrate Major Feasts on Appointed Day

  • Frequency of Services - Celebrate Major Feasts on
  • appointed day
  • no
  • preference
  • 44%
  • no
  • response
  • 10%
  • Yes
  • 38%
  • (blank)
  • 0%
  • No
  • 8%
  • No
  • no preference
  • no response
  • Yes
  • (blank)
  • Count of Q25MajorFeasts
  • Q25MajorFeasts

Regular Saturday Services?

Combine 8 and 10 AM Services?

Eucharist Every Sunday?

Occasional Morning Prayer Sundays?

Saturday Services?

Weekday Services?

Reserved Sacrament?

Liturgical Changes –Suggestions

  • Combining 8 & 10 services:
    • summertime only
    • 5th Sunday and/or on Holidays
  • Celebrate major feasts occasionally if in middle of day weekday (10AM-11AM-12 PM)
  • To have the folk service back and to sing more Taize.
  • Gospel music occasionally.
  • Use of expansive language, different forms for Eucharist including New Zealand Prayer book,
  • More use of Wonder Love and Praise music.
  • An extra minute or two between taking communion and singing.
  • More upbeat music with a variety of instruments.
  • To have the mystery of the service brought back to the Eucharist.

Sermons

Sermons

Sermons

Sermons

Sermons

Sermons

Sermons: Guest or Lay Preachers

Lay Readers

Lay Participation: Intercessors

Lay Participation: Chalice Servers

Lay Participation: Acolytes

Lay Participation: Ushers

Lay Participation: Youth

Music

Music

Music

Music

Music

Participation in Programs

Reasons to be Involved in St. P’s

The Parish: Welcoming to You

The Parish: Services Confusing?

The Parish: Valued Members

Rector Ministry Specialties

Rector Minisitry Specialties By Priority


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