Moving Forward

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard much about two very significant projects that have been the center of attention for some of us: The Vision Team and the 2 Steps Forward Building Team. We’ve been hard at work on both projects behind the scenes. Let me fill you in.

First, the Vision Team is very close to completing our Vision Frame to present to the session. The Vision Frame consists of five major

aspects—like the four sides of a picture frame, with the Vision Proper as the actual picture.

The four sides comprise:

¨ Our Mission: What are we doing? It’s our unique God-given missional mandate.

¨ Our Values: Why do we do all that we do? These are our motives for everything.

¨ Our Strategy: How are we doing our mission? This is our map, guiding our steps.

¨ Our Measures: When are we successful? These are the marks of effective ministry and describe what we want for you, not from you!

Then we have the Picture of Our Vision Proper: Where is God taking us? The Vision Proper is like the photo on the front of a travel brochure—communicating the mountain top achievement and the great milestones that God has for us. It’s like the Lord’s message to the people in the wilderness: “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:7-10 (NIV). Notice how inviting, exciting, tangible and “sensory” this vision is! God tapped into the deepest desires of his people, giving them a compelling promise to pursue.

Second, the 2 Steps Forward Building Team has been meeting weekly (and more often!) to finalize the plans for building “The Center” and other campus improvements. They have selected Visioneering as the design/build firm for the majority of this project. It is so exciting to see what is emerging. At the Congregational Meeting on November 8, you’ll get an opportunity to hear about the timetable for “breaking ground” and to see the concept drawings and sketches that have been developed.

As we enter this month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving, we at Trinity have so much for which to be grateful. Ministry is happening daily. We see God working. And the behind-the-scenes efforts are preparing for an even greater harvest in the days, months and years to come.

Above all, we are thankful for you and your partnership in our life and work as we move forward together.

See you in church!