Welcome and Introductions-Mark Schneider
The meeting was called to order by Lay Leader, Mark Schneider at 7:00pm.
Staff Parish Relations Chair, Brad Henke led a devotional speaking to God’s steadfastness and faithfulness.
Building Study Update – Reverend Carl Frazier
The architect is completing a video which will allow a conceptual view of what is being proposed for both the interior and exterior of the building. The proposal is a result of much input including the current Building Study Committee, the Joel Committee, and previously approved changes proposed by the long range planning committee 3 years ago.
The intention of the changes are missional and reflect the character of who we are as a church. Some anticipated changes include more liturgical space at the front of the sanctuary, more mid-sized/multipurpose space, a fellowship hall, youth space and handicap access. There will be no change to the traditional look on Academy Street.
There will be a called church council meeting in late February for further discussion.
Capital Campaign Recommendation – Maureen Sawchak
Finance Committee Chair, Maureen Sawchak led the Capital Campaign discussion. After researching 3 companies, members of the finance committee recommended RSI to provide supervision and support of our campaign. There was an intangible connection with President, Joel Mikell in wanting to come alongside us for this effort. He brings in-depth understanding of how churches work as well as knowledge of age group demographics. RSI will provide services for a fixed fee of $80,000 and will include:
• Assessment of our current stewardship
• Evaluate giving potential for this program and establish financial goals.
• Roadmap with tactical steps for future stewardship initiatives
• Provide primary direction and supervision to the stewardship program
• On-site consulting and training
There was consensus by church council to proceed with RSI.
Second Year Evaluation of 1st on Chatham –Reverend Colin Snider
Pastor of Outreach Ministry, Colin Snider provided an overview of the 1st on Chatham worship service. The 160 seat venue provides an intimate setting where multiple generations participate and serve. There is value placed on participation over performance. The stated goals for the service have been met.
• Connect more persons to Christ in worship
• Create new leaders
• Foster a smaller community within a larger community
• Create space in the sanctuary at 9:45
2015 average attendance was 131 which equates to 82% capacity. The members vs. new attendee ratio is roughly 60:40. There has been slow, steady organic growth without a robust marketing plan. The service has helped to reclaim members who were not worshiping. Twenty one new members have joined the church through this service. There is prayerful consideration of adding another service.
Strategic Conversation – All
Church council members reflected on 2015 ministry programs that aligned with our vision and mission. This process is the standard by which all FUMC ministries are measured.
Closing Observations – Reverend Carl Frazier
The next meeting will be a discernment meeting held on March 17th at 7pm.
Lay Leader, Mark Schneider led council members in a closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.