A Vision Plan: What? How?
By Kate Hruby
When I became a Session member in 2016, I really didn’t know WHAT Session did exactly or HOW our church worked on the inside. I was however, educated by an amazing Session, and as that journey moved forward with incredible speed, so did my passion for brainstorming! This included topics such as organization, team work and clear details about HOW to do things. HOW our church worked, lived and breathed its Vision, Mission and Values were becoming more tangible as I started to see more of our church.
As the years progressed, I have worked (with many others) to streamline areas, while pulling apart and clarifying others. This stemmed mainly from desires within myself, but with a hope that others could use these (organizational tools) for their journey at FPC.
I have been involved in a variety of areas at FPC, and the question that I always seem to ask myself and others is, “HOW (fill in the blank). . .?”
A quick snapshot on why my brain always asks, “HOW?” can be explained. I began my HOW journey as a Kindergarten teacher. Each fall, the school year brings 24 new little people with varied backgrounds of knowledge. They would enter into my life with energy, insecurities, curiosities, confidence, questions, as lovers and fighters, but all without knowing HOW. I needed to be super organized, because if not, CHAOS!!
I would walk through each and every move of their day asking, “HOW can I make this simple and easy for them?” Ok, it was for me, too! Imagine 24 little people using 1 room all day, and not knowing HOW to put things away. I knew that I needed to teach the task of HOW to put the, you name it, away; otherwise, I would be putting everything away, everyday, all year long.
The need to give detailed steps of the HOW is real, so that markers would be snapped shut (who wants a dried out marker?), put in the writing center (so nobody has so ask, “Where are the markers?”), and in the right basket (who wants to use only blue and black markers because the others are in the scissors baskets?) for example.
This leads me to where I’ve been in the life of our church. I am one of those 24 little people with energy, insecurities, curiosities, confidence, questions, a lover and a fighter, but most of all I LOVE the HOW!
Session is excited about the Vision Plan that has been set for our church; so now is the, “HOW do we share it with the congregation and begin to be active participants in it?” We have great Vision, Mission and Value Statements that guide our church to live into our faith. My excitement this year as Project Coordinator is to work with Session, Ministry Teams and the Congregation to ask the question; HOW can we. . ., HOW are people. . ., HOW do we. . ., HOW are you. . . and then, almost like in Kindergarten, walk through the steps to hopefully make the Vision Plan simple and easy for each one of us to “Be the Visible Face of Christ & See the Visible Face of Christ through Connecting, Serving, and Growing.
Here you see the FPC logo with a section of our Vision and Mission Statements. Next, you see the 3 Objectives that Session is focusing on for the next few years -Advance the Vision and Mission of our Church, Empower Ministries, and Become a Servant Leader. Below the Objectives are 3 sticky notes with Goals for that Objective.
Session’s goal is to not just help us SEE our Faith Statements and Vision Plan but to live into and become active in them. We are doing AMAZING things here at FPC, and will continue to be active in our faith and to strive to be present as the visible face of Christ through connecting, serving and growing with God and others!
LOVE & PEACE,
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 5:58