365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In this post I’ll be describing the Transition Team that has been formed to lead and guide Sunrise toward its eventual end and beginning as a new church.
This team of 13 individuals, consisting of 2 pastors (myself and the senior pastor of CUMC) and 11 lay leaders (10 from Sunrise and 1 from CUMC), had their first meeting at the beginning of November 2013 and has met consistently each month since then. The overall charge of this team is to explore, discern, and implement the ways in which Sunrise can most effectively transition into a new church while also strengthening its current ministries. Within this framework we have created 6 primary sub-teams: Prayer, Communications, Programming, Missions & Outreach, Facilities, & Finance. These sub-teams are led by Transition Team members with other volunteers from Sunrise serving as a part of them. The entire Transition Team is responsible for helping to shape the new vision, name, & logo, which I’ll unpack more in subsequent posts.
Here is a short description of each sub-team’s focus…
Prayer: Absolutely vital to the success of a strong launch. This sub-team focuses on praying for guidance, wisdom, discernment, courage, grace, and blessing.
Communications: (Publicity / Marketing / Branding) Determine ways to communicate to our community the purpose and vision of our church. Collaborate on developing a logo, online presence, etc.
Programming: Determine staffing needs, best-practices of worship to connect with our community, and programs that meet needs of church & community.
Missions & Outreach: Determine ways to effectively connect with the needs of our community that are meaningful, relational, & Christ-centered.
Facilities: Determine the ways in which facilities connect with and further the vision of our church.
Finance: Determine financial viability, sustainability, needs, current realities, projected receipts & expenses, develop a budget, etc.
I’ll be interested to hear your questions or thoughts if you have any. The next post will be discussing our current worship format and what the next 6 months might bring.