The bishop reiterated that he believes the church as a whole must change in order to be
sustainable in the future. The work of the Future Church group is to discern what change needs to happen among the churches in our geographical area, and how it should occur.
Although we must look at ways to be financially sustainable, more important is our call to
discern new and different ways to do ministry and mission together so that we maximize our
resources to have the greatest impact on our communities. The issues facing the churches in Mission Area 4 area represent the same issues facing churches throughout the Diocese. The hope is that we will be able to come up with a model for this process that other congregations can use to do the same work.
The Diocese has a balanced budget and they have set aside $100,000 to provide support for study and growth in Latino and young adult ministry. We will be looking at possible ways Grace might participate in that. Our discernment process will take some time. In an effort to build
cooperation and potentially cut expenses in the short term, a committee was formed to examine possible ways to combine administrative functions among the Area 4 churches. Mtr. ClayOla will represent Grace at their meeting in early January.
Thank you for your continuing prayers for all the churches involved in this exciting process. Please pray especially for those from Grace who are working so hard to make sure we are a
viable part of the Future Church.