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5 & 10 Year Goal Highlights!

Each week we'll provide a few highlights of each of the eight goals being revealed by Pastor Ted and our leadership team. These goals are in no particular order of importance or significance. Although each one is unique, they all fit together to help us become a more effective, Biblically centered influence for all of God’s people both within these four walls and those in our neighborhood and community.

 

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Goal: Develop More Regularly Scheduled Family Focused Events

to encourage nonbelievers and visitors to experience the Mound Chapel family.

God created family! The physical family is the most important building block to human society. And as such, it should be nurtured, protected, and revered. Throughout the Bible God emphasizes the importance of family and reaching others with the Gospel message.

 

What might we do to implement and achieve this goal? Well, there are a variety formats we might utilize. We’re only limited by our imagination! A fairly simple idea might be to plan a few family movie nights. Perhaps we plan Quarterly Potluck Dinners with an intentional outreach focus. Maybe once a year we bring in a group for a concert and donate the proceeds to one of our ministry partners.

 

Something we can do to honor those who came before us is to construct an open air pavilion to enhance our campus, facilitate our family focused activities, and encourage our community to utilize church property as well.

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Develop and Implement an Intentional Grief and Visitation Ministry

to better serve and minister to those who are ill or suffer the loss of a loved one.

Ministering to the ill and to those who are grieving is a vital part of who we need to be here at Mound Chapel. No one likes to think of dealing with illness or death, but both are an integral part of life. Ignoring them won’t make them go away, and in many cases makes dealing with them even harder.

 

We need to invest in Grief and Visitation Ministry by offering training and developing a follow up system to provide on-going support so we can minister to people’s needs beyond their illness or broken heart.

 

We understand why many people are hesitant to volunteer for such a calling. The fear of not knowing what to say or do is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to going out on visitation. Rest assured, this ministry team will be given plenty of training and support. God is already at work helping us put this goal into practice!

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Increase the Frequency and Number of Outreach Projects to provide opportunities to build relationships and serve the people within in our neighborhood and community.

When we look at Jesus and the disciples, it becomes extremely evident this is a huge priority in their teachings. These outreach projects certainly don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. In fact many of them require very little, if any, investment other than our time and effort.

 

For example, look into the Adopt A Street program offered by the City of Decatur.  Along those same lines, we could organize a work day a couple times a year to clean up yards, perhaps do some landscaping, maybe paint a house, or do some basic maintenance for someone in the neighborhood. What if we did a church-wide Free Garage Sale? We choose a day, set up some tables on the lawn, and invite the public to simply come get something they could use!

 

Ultimately, what form these projects take isn’t the most important factor; what is important is we intentionally reach out with the love of Christ to our neighborhood and community more often.

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Develop an Ongoing Internship Program to offer practical ministry experience

to third or fourth year seminary students.

There are numerous stories, scenarios, and scriptures throughout the Bible of someone who is wiser and more experienced in the ways of the Lord acting as a mentor to someone younger or newer in the faith.

 

Almost all Seminaries do an excellent job of educating students while they are on campus. However, few of them offer an internship with practical hands-on experience in a church setting. As a result, many seminary students are often unprepared for the rigors of real life ministry. We can help change that.

 

Working with Lincoln Christian University and Winebrenner Seminary, such a program would allow us to invest in raising up new ministers and leaders for God’s Kingdom.

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Develop and Implement Intentional Evangelism Efforts focused on outreach,

follow up, and retention, to reach more people with the Gospel message of Christ.

When was the last time you had a conversation with anyone about God, other than in a church setting? Unfortunately, for most people the answer to that question is not very often. I understand you’re hesitant to share your faith. It’s not something you’re comfortable with, right? As we saw earlier, very few Christians are! Well, let’s address that issue. Let’s find ways to equip you, to give you confidence, and provide you with a renewed spirit so you look forward to opportunities to share your faith.

 

For example, we could form small group studies to share with one another. There are tons of great studies that provide simple, non threatening examples for you. Another venue might be a special class here at the church one night a week for a few weeks. We could offer some books and other resources and have them available in the Narthex. The most important thing is we grasp the urgent need for us to share the reason for the hope we have in Jesus with others.

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Enhance and elevate our worship experience to better connect

God’s love and grace to those who enter His house.

True worshipers worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are kind of worshipers the Father seeks. I’m not sure it can get any more direct than that. Notice Jesus doesn’t mention rituals, traditions, music styles, or any other element; simply worshiping God honestly and with all your heart. True, we can’t cause anyone to worship, but we can provide elements that allow others to enter more fully into worship. Practically speaking, it helps to remember the need to reach those who are with us on two, distinct levels: Intellectually and Emotionally.

 

True worship is based on the desire to honor God. Worship isn’t based on personal likes or dislikes. It isn’t based on my personal preferences or priorities. It is a focus on God. We owe it to ourselves and to God to praise Him daily for all He’s done for us. There are a lot of people in this messy world who need for us to help them into the message of hope found in Jesus Christ. Worship can help them do that.

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Improve and enhance our outdoor signage to better

utilize our premium location and speak into people’s lives.

This goal isn’t really so much about “signage” as most people think of it today. It’s more about using signs to point people to God and to the Gospel message of Christ. Signs have always been tools used to provide people direction, clarity, hope, courage, and things beyond themselves.

 

Renowned pastor Andy Stanley once said, “Your sermon starts in the parking lot.” The signs on the posts as you pull into the parking lot, for example could have a much more welcoming message. Additionally, we might utilize banners on out light poles. They’re simple and easy solutions that can be changed to fit the need or season. Of course we’d be remiss if we didn’t consider the signage we have in our front yard area. What if we had a way to let people know how much God loves them?  What if we told someone who was on the verge of giving up, they’re not alone? Digital signs have that ability. Obviously many other small churches have accomplished this goal and there’s no reason we can’t accomplish it as well.

 

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To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

Goal: Develop Ongoing Discipleship Classes to grow in our Biblical knowledge

as well as provide the community with practical educational needs.

According to a recent Barna Research report, the two aspects of spiritual life people were most likely to acknowledge struggling with were “sharing your faith with others” and “Bible knowledge.” No one knows all there is to know about God’s Word. But that doesn’t mean we should remain ignorant. It means we need to do our very best to know all we can know so we can always be prepared to give a reason for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. This goal has to start with a commitment from you, individually, to make the time and effort to some sort of intentional time of study.

 

Let’s look at offering more than one class each Sunday morning. We also need to support the current youth program on Sunday evenings. A third action we can take is to develop an ongoing program of classes based on a semester schedule. We could refer to this effort as Mound Chapel College.

 

To hear the full message just click here.

 

To contact Pastor Ted about becoming involved in this goal, click here.

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