We are in a truly unique moment in Trinity’s history. Think about where we are as we enter into the New Year:

Since joining ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians we are re-directing our energies from over three years of engagement in the denominational challenge to our mission as a “discipling community.”

We also face three immediate tasks. Two of these are being addressed in our emerging capital campaign: Two Steps Forward (and I would say, “Two steps forward and no going back!”). The two steps forward are first, the Step Forward in Faith to fund the settlement expense with the Presbytery of Los Ranchos and, second, the Step Up in Ministry to improve our campus for more effective ministry at every level. This includes the construction of a new building where the current basketball courts are that will focus especially on our children and youth. More on this in coming weeks.

The third task is reassessing our staffing in light of the two open positions on LEAD Team (Leading Equipping And Discipling Team) left by Bill Ditewig and Rachel Hamburger’s departures. We need a better understanding of our vision and needs before we begin seeking the new people God is calling to serve on staff with us.

This unique season is a perfect time to reassess what we are called to do and how we will do what we are called to do. It’s a time to ask, “Lord, where are you working, and how can we join you?” To consider this question and its implications as fully and intentionally as possible, session, at the November 2014 meeting, approved forming a vision team. Their charge is: “To provide session with an initial draft and plan for articulating God’s unique vision for Trinity and the implications of that vision on our ministries, in our leadership development and the required organizational alignment.”

The vision team will base its work on Bill Mancini’s approach presented in his book Church Unique: How missional leaders cast vision, capture culture and create movement. This book has been adopted by ECO SoCal Presbytery as a paradigm for churches. In fact, I am recommending that Trinity join with St. Andrew’s Newport Beach and eight other congregations from ECO SoCal Presbytery in a “Co::Lab” project led by Bill Mancini in 2015.

The members of the vision team are Nancy Bryan, Debbie Ewing, Craig Furniss, Tom Landers, John McAlpine, Jan Sneathen, and John Sparks. I will be a member ex officio. The Vision Team will also connect with all areas of church leadership and ministry in this process, engaging the rest of the LEAD and Program teams, elders, deacons and church members as appropriate.

Please pray for the vision team and participate generously in Two Steps Forward. I have never been more excited about what God is doing at Trinity! And I am so thankful to be sharing it with you!

See you in church!