From the Pastor
Back in May, the congregation approved some major changes to the way we organize ourselves for ministry. Our new structure will require fewer people and meetings, and will allow us to do our work more efficiently. (If you need a little refresher on these changes go to www.fccgreensboro.org, click on About Us and then Vision and Bylaws.) The new changes officially went into effect on July 1. The new leadership is in place (see your new board below), though it will likely take the rest of this calendar year to really live into the changes we’ve implemented.
One significant and important change is that our new structures require many fewer people to serve on the board and on ministry teams. The teams are intentionally limited in number to three to five members, who will serve as a sort of steering committee who will guide the work of that team. I think of them as “vision keepers” – the folks tasked with keeping our five-point vision ahead of us.
But here’s what’s really important about that: the teams will keep the vision and guide the work… but they won’t do all the work. That’s where you come in. Fewer leadership positions means that more of you are freed up to help out with the ministry projects that you’re most passionate about. That means that when you hear a call for volunteers to help out with something – whether it’s decorating the sanctuary for a holiday, setting up for a potluck dinner, helping out with our children’s program, attending a property work day, or providing snacks for coffee hour – we need you to say yes. The task of the ministry teams is not to do all the work, but to invite the rest of us to participate in the work we are all doing together.
The new leadership — the board, ministry teams, and elders — will be talking much more about this at our Leadership Retreat on September 8. Even if you’re not in one of those positions, you are more than welcome to come and join in the conversation. (Details on page 5.)
I’m grateful to be part of a collaborative, passionate congregation that’s willing to try something new. It’s good to be the church together.
*Chair: Bill Inmon *Vice-Chair: John Flynt *Secretary: Laura Tebow *Treasurer: Stan Ward
Chair of the Elders: Mike Wildman
Chair of the Trustees: Sam Tucker
Chair of the Connections Team: Darilyn Knibb
Chair of the Outreach Team: David and Lisa Barnette
Chair of the Worship Team: Dawn Steadman
Chair of the Faith Formation Team: James Thomas
Chair of the Property Team: Sue Hulighan
Chair of the Stewardship and Finance Team: Larry Hulighan
Chair of the Personnel Team: Baylee Smith