Our congregation has been involved in a process for the last year and a half or so, called “LEAD.” Peggy Hahn with the Gulf Coast Synod is the facilitator of this process, and a team from Grace has been growing in leadership and learning from Peggy and others. The members of the LEAD team have been Cindy Nelson, Toni Leggott, Cathie Brown,
Rebecca Brite, Amy Bennett and Dennis Cleric. Toni has stepped down and Chad Crowl has agreed to be on our team.
During the past year, we had learned to listen to God in scripture and prayer, listened to our congregation through surveys and interviews, and listened to our school (a process that will continue next week when we meet with school staff). The things that we have learned will help us
as we enter the next phase of our plan, which will include
setting our purpose and congregational values, and developing a strategic plan.
People at Grace are passionate about issues like hunger and homelessness, caring for children and youth and helping them know they are loved and valued. Some of the issues we recognize in our surrounding community are: joblessness and economic security, bridging multicultural divides, loss of faith and busy-ness. We recognize the
struggles of families, and are eager to be of service.
Many of us value the sense of community we find here, a place where we can be encouraged and supported and grow deeper in faith. Grace School, Family Promise and the Backpack Ministry through the Montgomery County Foodshelf are among our most important ministries.
We recognize that we have challenges as we move forward too: that we are not as diverse as we would like to be, that our parking lot is confusing to some, that we need to be more visible than we are.
We learned from the school that they value our ability to nurture their children in Grace, develop friendships in a safe place, and help them know about Jesus.
The Synod’s LEAD program has both helped us to identify our community’s gifts and challenges, but has helped us develop skills and vision as Spiritual Leaders. We are looking forward to our next steps together, as Grace continues to grow deep roots and strong branches,
reaching out in our community with the Good news of Jesus.