January 25, 2018 – The Meat with the MET event was a big success. Over 70 people attended. The broke up into 10 groups to develop ministry profiles for Trinity. Each group answered the four questions noted in the last post. The groups also came up with common themes in developing their profiles including engagement, outreach and youth.
Summary of the Mission Priorities – Common themes at each table included outreach to the community, engage the youth of the congregation, engage the entire congregation and reach out to others in the community (other churches or community organizations. The groups want to form partnerships and share meals and choirs and interact socially with other churches.
The groups are not afraid to do the work. This will set an example for others, provide financial resources and time to the causes identified. Leveraging the existing talents of the congregation is key.
Music was most often mentioned along the generosity and hospitality. Trinity has a lot of youth and the groups want to take advantage of their ideas and energy.
Gifts the new pastor needs to provide include: sense of humor, musical ability, good communicator, knowledge of technology and social media, open minded, patient, experience with both youth and outreach and relatable to all ages.
Please take a moment to read the Summary document
January 5, 2018 – Did you forget to sign up for Meat with the MET? No matter, just come! We want your ideas and your voice included in the discussion – this Sunday, Jan 7, 2018, 11:30-1:30 PM. Trinity’s Mission Exploration Team (MET) is the group that is leading the congregation to re-examine its sense of God’s mission. The MET invites you to “Meat with the MET” this Sunday! All Trinity members are encouraged to gather for a meal after the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, Jan 7. We will discuss four questions at our tables, then share our responses with the large group. Your responses to these questions will help the MET to identify and clarify the primary mission goals of the congregation for the next 3-5 years. Youth and young adults are especially encouraged to participate and will have the opportunity to share a discussion table. Nursery care will be provided for young children.
Give these questions some thought, and share your ideas and dreams at “Meat with the MET”:
1. What mission priority would get you excited about Trinity’s future? Describe what you can imagine doing with that priority over the next three years.
2. How can you personally contribute to the success of this priority?
3. What strengths of the congregation will this build upon?
4. What leadership gifts should a new pastor bring to support this mission? The MET will provide the meat, all are invited to bring a dish to share. The most important thing is to show up! We hope to see you there!
October 27, 2017 – The MET team has distilled the major themes from your responses and drafted a summary page. The page was also included in this week’s bulletins. We now have another way for you to communicate with the team. Please send your ideas, questions, hopes and concerns about the pastoral transition and interim process to email@example.com. We are eager to engage your feedback and keep you informed on the process.
Survey Response Summary
October 7, 2017 – The four week survey is complete. We thank you for your thoughtfulness and candor answering the questions. Attached below are all the survey question responses from the four questions:
Question 1 – What do you like about our congregation?
Question 2 – What is one thing you would like to see improved in our congregation?
Question 3– Part 1 – What do you like about Trinity’s worship? Part 2 – What would you change?
Question 4 – Part 1 – What is Trinity’s role in the community? Part 2 – How can we improve or extend our outreach?
September 17, 2017 – the team is still exploring the identity of Trinity. The 2nd of 4 questions was asked at worship this week – What is one thing you would like to see Improved in our congregation? Thank you for your many insightful and thought provoking responses. Check out the Refor-MET-ion door in the narthex this coming weekend for the responses. We hope this will lead to even more feedback and active involvement from all members of our congregation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Pastor Michael or one of the MET team.
September 10, 2017 – team is currently working on exploring the identity of Trinity. One way we will do this is by surveying the congregation for four weeks. The first week was September 9/10 where we asked: What do you like about the congregation? The responses were overwhelmingly positive. You will be able to find your responses posted on the ReforMETion door in the narthex. Stay tuned for this week’s question and then the final two in successive weeks. Your input is very important as we work through the process.
August 27, 2017 – Our Mission Exploration Team (MET) was installed today. This team includes: Pastor Michael Mueller, Sarah Brooks, Greg Buck, Matt Fritz, Josh Hiett, Austin Keller, Tina Krenzer, Lois Lukas, Aron Miller, Joanna Miller, Kayla Steinke (of Interfaith) and Ann Zander. The team appreciates your thoughts and prayers as they go through this process in deteriming who we are as a congregation and what our role is in the greater community, on our way to calling our next pastor.