Welcome to MCC's Interim Blog
Our church is currently in a period of transition. Such a period can be a time when we experience many different things whether it concerns us as individuals or as a church family. Of course it is understandable for us to experience things like fear and anxiety about what lies ahead. But we also get to experience excitement and hope about what the Lord has in store for us next!
As we venture through this transitory phase in the life of our church, it is our Leadership's commitment to the congregation of MCC to do everything we can to communicate clearly and often about where we are in the process. Hence, this Interim Blog is one of the mediums we have decided to use to make good on that promise.
Should you ever have questions about the progress we are making, please take advantage of this blog below to find regular updates. As always, should you have any questions or concerns at any time, please reach out to your elder or our Associate Pastor Jason Leist. They would be most happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have.
Thank you MCC Family! We love you and are looking forward to how God will provide clarity, direction, and hope for MCC's future, as we continue to trust in His sovereign grace through this important interim period.
August 15, 2018
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time and thought to give your responses to the Strategic Planning questionnaire that was distributed in June. From this input and feedback, I believe we possess a body of thought that will enable us to move forward with hope and confidence in God’s grace. I know the Lord is leading us in this process, and I can state with prayerful dependence upon Him that the best days of ministry and life in this congregation are awaiting her in the days to come.
From reviewing these responses and in my own observations and in listening to you, I concluded that MCC lacks significant internal ministry development and needs a fresh re-crafting and vision of ministry in order for her to return to vibrancy and life as a spiritual community/congregation. To that end, I proposed to the Session—and they concurred—that 5 major task forces be formed (these will be Session committees) who will be entrusted with the following major areas of ministry movement and direction:
Worship includes our music ministry, liturgy, special services, etc. on Sunday mornings and beyond.
We seek to develop a comprehensive curriculum for Sunday School, provide instruction in Biblical/Reformed Theology for all ages, etc.
Discipleship ministries at MCC include our Community Groups, Women's Fellowhship and Men's Fellowship.
Family Ministry includes ministry to children, students, single adults, married adults, training for parents, marriage enrichment, household budgeting courses, dealing with loss, etc.
Outreach includes the ways we will get more involved in the local community as “salt and light,” world missions, mercy ministry, etc.
In essence, these task forces will be entrusted with answering the following 4 questions:
In effect, this type of “spade work” deals with two critical areas of church life and health: 1) ministry development, and 2) leadership development for these ministries. Without quality ministry offerings that engage, shepherd, disciple, nurture and encourage Christians to grow spiritually, there will be meager church health. And without quality, trained leaders, nothing will be sustainable.
I seek your prayers as we launch these new ministry directives at MCC, and I want to ask some of you to consider serving with the elders on one of these task forces/committees as we seek the Lord to revitalize our life and witness as a spiritual community before this watching world. I picture your participation with us as an attempt to pray and to “think-tank” our way towards experiencing deeper ministry impact both within and outside our congregation so that this church will rise to be all that God intended her to be for his glory.
Pastor Curt McDaniel