Ministry Goal for 2018

Let’s face the facts.  Assess our situation.  Set our short-term goals.

This is not a New Year’s resolution. Although, it is the perfect time to speak of goals and changes necessary to reach them. This is about our church’s present situation and future.

Please don’t panic.  The Presbyterian Church in Geneva continues to be one of the larger congregations in Geneva and the Presbytery.  In fact, we are blessed with families and Sunday school classes filled with children.  Our doors are open to the community every day of the week. Your gifts and pledging are amazing and appreciated.  People continually comment on our inspiring worship services with amazing music and leadership.  We are a very blessed congregation in a day and age when Christian churches are struggling to keep their doors open.

Every Sunday we welcome newcomers who have come seeking a church, a community, that will nurture and engage them.  How do we involve our members and guests in the multitude of activities, ministries of this church? 

Here is the challenge for everyone:  Our efficient system of managing every dinner, class, worship service with a familiar few does not involve a new member, a busy person, or the college student that would love to be involved in a meaningful mission project.  Can the ministries that feed our souls be shared by a wider circle of people?  I think so.

Imagine yourself as someone new to this church and ask, “How does this work? Where do I fit in?  Are there opportunities to help?  Are there classes and groups to join?”  These same questions may apply to you.  

The Congregational Retreat last fall gave voice to many of you who have a desire for meaningful mission and involvement.  How do we open up and include more people willing to help one time or only once a month?

Let’s consider the 2018 goal to invite, involve, engage more people in the ministry of this church.  Our common call is to serve with “energy and imagination”.  I will be interested in the many creative ways you will increase involvement and commitment to Christ in 2018.

Now to God who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.              (Ephesians 3: 20-21)

Happy New Year,

Pastor Deb