The Five Pillars of Custer Road UMC

Our five pillars (Evangelism, Missions, Family Building, Disciple Making, and Worship) define not just who we are, but where we are going as a church. They came from a series of gatherings that lasted for more than a year. Pastors and members of Custer Road UMC met to seek God’s face and set us on a course for the future. Our five pillars were explained during our “We Are Custer Road” worship series, and were also discussed more fully in a series of “Town Hall” meetings. Below is the text from the Power Point presentation that was shown at those gatherings. The “Above and Beyond” campaign is a direct result of these pillars, and stems from the desire to, after 35 years of ministry, position us for the next 35 years of ministry to Plano.

 

FIVE PILLARS PRESENTATION

Background & Purpose

Power of One Vision Team (POVT)

  • Established mid-year 2014
  • 35-40 members: Laity, clergy, and staff

Purpose of POVT

  • Listen, pray, discern and propose plans for the future vision of Custer Road UMC
  • Dedicated group of men and women having met numerous times
  • Presentation is proposed vision and plans for the future

 

Engagement of Consultant to assist in process

  • Colinasway, organization primarily comprised of current & past clergy, to mentor churches through process of formulating future vision and plans for a church
  • Various tools, assessments and methods deployed as part of process
  • Evaluated strengths and weaknesses of church, its ministries, staffing, etc.

 

Presentation

  • Not every detail covered in presentation
  • One conclusion reached – church was founded and built on certain foundations (pillars) that still exist that need to be “shored up”
  • Project is a work in process –changes & adjustments will probably need to take place

 

Statements, Values & Virtues

 

VISION STATEMENT: Sharing God’s love to make followers of Jesus who serve all people

MISSION STATEMENT: Helping people know the love of Jesus

 

CORE VALUES: Worship, Connect, and Serve

VIRTUES: Generous, Gracious, Compassionate, Caring

 

 

 

PILLAR ONE

WORSHIPERS: Dynamic Worship

 

Purpose:

  • To celebrate and honor God
  • To experience and know God deeply
  • To cultivate community and share our stories
  • To invest in people through Worship
  • To increase the number of people worshipping God

 

Goals and Objectives:

  • Improve worship space and experience
  • New multi–cultural worship opportunities
  • New worship venues
  • Modern worship option

 

Possible Resource Requirements:

  • Existing Sanctuary technology upgrades
  • New modern worship space

 

Timeframe

  • Sanctuary upgrades: 1-3 years (i.e. HD & Sound Improvements)
  • Modern worship: 1-3 years
  • Evaluate multi-cultural venues: 3-5 years

 

PILLAR TWO

EVANGELISTS: Evangelism/Hospitality

 

Purpose

  • To create a culture of invitation w/a clear vision of hospitality
  • Evangelism being an outward & proactive invitation to develop a relationship with God through Jesus Christ
  • To have a user-friendly, easy to navigate building
  • To create a way to easily transition guests to members
  • To make meaningful connections with members and guests

 

Goals and Objectives

  • Training members on hospitality & essentials of sharing their faith
  • Understand and define the target market
  • Targeted community outreach
  • Radical hospitality in all areas of the church
  • Develop a plan for “unconnected” members
  • Create an evangelism/hospitality “Standard of Care”

 

Support/Resource Requirements

  • Building Renovation
  • Intentional Communications with new guests/visitors

 

Timeframe

  • Now – 3 years

 

PILLAR THREE

FAMILY BUILDERS

 

Purpose:

  • To introduce & share the love of Jesus in a safe, secure and nurturing environment
  • To minister to families from newborn to youth
  • To provide a compelling, holistic family ministry
  • To develop a community of parents who support each other

To empower families that will:

  • Worship
  • Connect
  • Serve

 

Goals for Children

  • To provide a children’s area that is safe, secure, sanitary and inviting to parents
  • To provide an area for children’s large group praise/worship
  • To establish small group faith development and relationship building
  • To expand Family Camp to engage more families
  • To engage children in a monthly church supported mission activity

 

Goals for Youth

  • To provide area for large group worship & praise (i.e. 300-400) and small group development areas
  • Create programs/events designed to connect youth/parents
  • Create programs to connect parents with other areas of the church (i.e. intergenerational connections)
  • Encourage young adults to service as volunteers/servants
  • Youth missions centered on making a large impact on fewer missions

 

Goals for Adults

  • To create a new modern worship option
  • To create small group opportunities encouraging young parent interaction like Bible Studies and offsite home groups
  • To build communities of young adults through a variety of activities like monthly family events
  • To incorporate new multi-use spaces for gatherings, large functions and small groups
  • To encourage parents to serve in the Children’s area on Sunday mornings and/or other areas their kids are involved in

 

Resource Requirements

  • Large, secure spaces for pre-k/elementary/youth
  • New large worship/praise spaces for children/youth
  • Updated classroom environments for small group learning and development
  • Additional storage spaces in all areas
  • Increased staffing in line with expected growth

 

Timeframe

Quick Wins: =< 1 year

  • Begin live stream of 9 am services
  • Convert current spaces in children’s area
  • Better equip greeters (i.e. iPads)
  • Create new family activities

Balance of actions: 1 – 3 years

 

PILLAR FOUR

DISCIPLE MAKERS: Discipleship/Leadership Development

 

Purpose

  • Develop a path to discipleship and leadership that is highly effective in moving members from Worship, through Connections and into Service.

 

Goals and Objectives

  • To establish a strong lay driven Adult Ministry Council
  • To develop specific spiritual formation goals for adult education and development. (connected but not limited to our core values and virtues)
  • To develop a structured curriculum pathway
  • To improve existing mediums & create new methods of delivery of discipleship and leadership development content.
  • To develop and expand our adult small group ministry.
  • To create/improve the process of identifying, selecting, inviting and developing leaders.
  • To develop an awareness of the importance of discipleship and spiritual growth.

 

Resources

  • Facility renovations
  • Technology upgrades/improvement

 

Timeframe

Quick Wins: =< 1 Year

  • Adult Council
  • ExploreGod Home groups

Balance of action: 1-3 years
Increase participation: 1-3 years
PILLAR 5

MISSIONARIES: Signature Missions

 

Purpose

To have signature, impactful missions that increase our love of God and our neighbor by:

  • Intentionally building trusted relationships
  • Growing together in Christ individually & collectively

 

Goals and Objectives

  • To establish mission measurement & evaluation
  • Connections to mission statements & core values
  • Impact of missions
  • Member involvement in missions
  • To partner or merge with local ministries working similar missions

 

  • Categorize missions so that they fit into one of the following associable/recognizable categories.
    • Homelessness/Poverty
    • Local School Ministry
    • Hunger
    • International & Special Projects

 

  • To adopt and promote signature missions
  • Missions making the most impact
  • Clearly defined process for each mission
  • Follow up to ensure physical and spiritual needs are being pursued & nourished

 

Resources

  • Offsite commercial space to anchor CRUMC Mission Ministry
    • Increased offsite storage/assembly areas for all missions
    • Enhanced onsite space for mission activities
    • Prominently placed donation area with easy access near main high traffic entrance

 

Timeframe

  • 1-2 years to complete all objectives

 

NEXT STEPS

 

Building Committee

  • Continue to work with architect – finalize renovation plans given POVT work
  • Contractor / Request for Proposal – Costing of project
  • Work with Finance Cmte. – Feasibility to raise funds/Financing
  • Final recommendation to Board of Trustees for approval

 

Finance Committee

  • Engaged consultant to assist in process for Fall Capita Campaign
  • Work with Building Cmte. / Others regarding Renovation cost & future Operating Budget impact
  • Final recommendation and approval
  • Proceed with Capital Campaign

 

Communication & Approval Steps

  • Communicate with congregation (i.e.; future vision, at milestone marks, using various mediums, etc.)
  • Hold informative meeting with congregation allowing Q & A
  • Church Council – approval on all plans & actions
  • Charge Conference – for approval of all action

 

To approve and / or authorize:

  • The future vision and plans for Custer Road UMC as presented understanding that not all of the details have been addressed
  • Senior Minister and/or POVT to make necessary changes as deemed necessary or appropriate provided such action does not materially alter the direction or intent of plans
  • Move forward with implementation of all aspects of the plans unless for some reason some part is not feasible due to other church committee action
  • Provide periodic reports back to Church Council