Slider_The GAP Team
GAP Team Members
Lyn Berry
Warren Elsasser
Margene Haase
Beth Hallock
Dakota Koenig
Susan Kronoff
Barbara Mitchell
Billy Stempson
Mike Walker
Jim Wills
Pastor Leigh Ann Shaw
Rev. Mary Scifers, Consultant

Visions for Ministry – Idea Summary

VISIONS FOR MINISTRY – IDEAS SUMMARY from 2017 Visioning
UMC OF VISTA Building Inspiration, Staff & Church Council Visioning Sessions
• Children’s/Youth/Family Ministries
o Preschool
o Nursery upstairs/closer to parents in worship
o Family Friendly Events/Family Friendly Worship
o Midweek Family Program(s)/ Mid-week education
o Second Service Sunday School
o More for young adults/teens/families
o Mentoring programs
o After school programs/after school care/tutoring
o Girl Scouts
o Play Groups
o Theater productions
o Topic classes/small groups (ie cooking exercise, art)
o World religions classes
o Daytime fellowship
o Mom’s Groups
o Men’s ministry
o Sports court
o Better curriculum
o Improved Christmas Pageant
o Family counseling center/Family services
• Faith Formation & Spiritual Growth
o Education classes/faith based classes for adults (Disciple Bible study)
o Adult Sunday School classes
o More Advent studies
o “Forgiveness” certificates
o Clear narthex/entry (fewer booths, collection bins)
o One person to coordinate each special season
o Vespers worship
o Singles Club
o Community Discussion Group (current events, stress, peace)
• Music & Worship Ministries
o Expand music ministry
o More children’s music & more youth in worship
o Expand 1st service Music leadership – true contemporary service –
contemporary music leader – more modern music – Full worship team
o Outdoor music for Easter/All Music Christmas Service
o More Religion in concerts
o Music orchestra/more live music with band/live orchestra
o Tech team training
o Music academy
• Stewardship
o Blow out offering to end year in the black
o More appreciation to staff
• Mission & Outreach
o More work in community – community Hub
o Missions/outreach office & staff
o Expand And2Fishes
o More holiday outreach/Outreach Easter Sunrise activity for the
community
o Explore hands-on aspect of mission/ Invite community participation
o Expanded participation in Soup Kitchen, C & S – more hands-on
o Emergency relief cupboard
o Offer health services on campus/Health services for homeless/seniors
o Offer services such as haircuts on campus
o More outreach for homeless (ie Sleeping Mats)
o Expand youth involvement – involve kids in giving/helping
o Method for listening to/connecting with non-profits
o Outreach missions fair in fall
o Mission Events
o Give out more school supplies
o Computer training for elderly/low income/homeless
o Awareness of human trafficking
o Environmental stewardship team
o Community farm
o Non profit coop office
o Caring for abused women/support services
o Military outreach
o Dog care/Canine companions
o Counseling for drug & alcohol abuse/drug & alcohol prevention
o Fully support a missionary/ More support for missionaries
o Support a global ministry

• Inclusion and Growth
o Multi-purpose fellowship hall
o Full kitchen
o More cultural diversity
o LGBT and allies (RMN)
o Booth at No County Pride
o Video outreach (worship) to the community
o Expand outreach to homebound and seniors
o Events that gather & welcome people (ie Welcome Back Picnic, Open
House/BBQ/Church Revival/Mission Festival)
o Summer Movie Nights with food trucks
o Catered Easter breakfast
o Workshops for community
o Better connection with neighborhood
o Events with children
o Chairpersons meeting together & building communications
o Hospitality Teams to visit guests & new members
o Welcome center for new families
o Parking lot greeters
o Radio/TV/Movie advertising
o More social media
o Better showcasing of church/programs
o More ads/communication/mailing to families
o Invite principal to share about schools
o Second campus
o Develop busy ministry
o Bathroom with showers

 
VISTA UMC GOALS CHECK-UP 2/7/18
Reviewed by Consultant Mary Scifres and GAP Team
SHORT TERM (1-3 Year) GOALS
GOALS COMPLETED OR IN PROCESS TO COMPLETION
• Brainstorm 100 things to do over the next 10 years
• Offer Adult Study between services or during one of services
• Hire & grow quality accompanist
• Expand nursery for young families
GOALS IN PROCESS TO BE REVIEWED REGULARLY
• Bring Op Budget & Designated Accounts current
• Implement church finance “best practices”
• Build consensus & commitment in congregation
• First service music leader to focus on Contemporary Music
• Continue to expand communication/transparency
GOALS NOT YET COMPLETED
• Discern need for kitchen for ministry areas
• Discern need for kitchen for potlucks & congregational fellowship
• Expand missional outreach work to engage new families
• Expand And Two Fishes to add health component
• Expand concert/arts offering to community
• After school tutoring program for local families
LONG TERM (3-5 Year) GOALS
GOALS IN PROCESS TO BE REVIEWED REGULARLY
• Faith Education classes for all ages
• Increase communication for clarity & outreach – include informal
communication
• Missions & Outreach focus
• Inspire & develop lay leadership that can offer support & leadership to other UMCs
GOALS NOT YET INITIATED
• Participate in Interfaith Shelter Network for homeless ministries
• Additional paid leadership for missions & family faith education
• Build pre-school
• Build Interfaith Ministry Center
• Add mid-week music opportunities for young families
• Add alternative worship time during weekdays
• Add liturgical dance, ministry arts program
• Expand offices for appropriate ministry areas
• Expanded care & support to young families
• Build kitchen for service/missions/fellowship

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The Dream Retreat – Jan. 2018

Dream Retreat – Jan. 20, 2018
Envision God’s Future
* Identity – “To be an authentic, accessible and inclusive community of Christ, celebrating and extending God’s love into the world.
 
* Mission – “Grow strong persons of faith who go out and offer Christ’s love to the world.”
 
* Values – “Caring, spiritual, growth, inclusiveness, tradition, and community.”
 
Let’s Build a Boat
– What does the boat look like? What kind of boat? What power?
– Who’s on the boat? Who or what is guiding the boat?
– Who could and should be on the boat? Could or should be guiding?
– What roles are people fulfilling?
 

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