August 2, 2015

Pastor Letter

As our church family seeks to “Deepen Our Effectiveness,” we continue to move forward on our three Foci: Hospitality, Come and See Worship, and Discipleship Pathway. I want to offer a “progress report.”

Hospitality

Our “Hospitality” gathering generated small groups to address “visitor follow up”,”welcoming” and “campus signage.” The visitor follow up group has developed a system for empowering welcomers, connecting with guests and offering invitations that will employ us all. A grant from the Foundation is being considered to provide a point person to initiate and guide this new approach. The campus signage team has developed a property plan for signs and is working with sign contractors to design kiosks/campus maps to be located at key entry points.

Come and See Worship

The Come and See Worship gathering identified 4 areas where we can enhance visitor experience. Still to be gathered, they are “9:20 Worship Design,” “Sanctuary Visuals,” “Audio/visuals” (to solidify and incorporate video into both locations for worship), and “Training” to explore opportunities for equipping our worship leaders.

Discipleship Pathway

The Discipleship gathering has yet to be scheduled. However, a preliminary step has been taken to initiate a conversation about small group ministry at LAUMC. These conversations offered leaders an opportunity to explore the history, nature, purpose and potential of small groups for forming our faith journey.

I want to thank the many people who are working diligently on these key ministry initiatives.

More detailed reports will be presented at the Fall Church Council. Opportunities to participate in deepening our effectiveness will be plentiful. May our ministry and mission bear fruit for the Commonwealth of God.

Pastor Mark