Community Covenant’s new mission focus and Strategic Ministry Plan were shared for the first time at the Sept 11 worship services.
“Our mission is to bring Christ’s hope, healing and wholeness to our community and to our world,” said Lead Pastor Todd Michero with excitement, adding God has provided the vision for Community Covenant’s faith community to be one that embodies that same hope, healing and wholeness as well.
Developing the SMP was a labor of love for the members of the Strategic Ministry Planning Team, who Todd said met almost weekly over the course of nine months to discern how the Holy Spirit would shape the church based on the information gathered by the Vitality Pathway’s Internal and External assessment teams and PULSE assessment.
“This is a Holy Spirit-guided process,” Todd said of developing the Strategic Ministry Plan. “That team was tasked with taking all of the information and prayerfully discerning what God would have us do with it.”
It’s been almost a two-year journey along the Vitality Pathway since the church featured the Veritas workshop as the first step toward becoming a healthy missional church to the unpacking of the Strategic Ministry Plan, which has helped shape the mission, vision and values of CCC’s next steps along the pathway.
“We put together some words and we wrestled with them,” said SMPT member David Wille, who said it took some time to discern what the Holy Spirit was communicating about the plan to the team. “It’s kind of like a sculpture to keep buffing it and polishing the words.”
Todd said the Holy Spirit did indeed respond to the team’s prayers for guidance over the months, helping them understand how the 10 Healthy Missional Markers would serve as the building blocks for Community Covenant’s values, which include:
- We believe in the centrality of the Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- We pursue a life-transforming walk with Jesus. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- We practice intentional evangelism. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- We transform communities through compassion, mercy and justice. (Micah 6:8)
- We encourage global engagement and perspectives. (Acts 1:18)
- We cultivate compelling Christian community. (Acts 2:42-47)
- We express heartfelt worship. (Psalm 138:1a)
- We engage in sacrificial and generous living and giving. (Romans 12:1-13, 18)
- We promote a culture of Godly leadership. (Hebrews 13:7)
- We develop fruitful organizational structures. (Exodus 18:13-26)
“This is how we’re going to go about living into the mission God gave us,” Todd said. “These have moved from markers to values that we’re going to own.”
Todd explained the Strategic Ministry Plan is just a starting point for Community Covenant and that intentional steps are being taken to bring the visions of hope, healing and wholeness into all of the church’s ministries and to people of all ages.
Everything from the Prayer Ministry to home groups to youth ministries will seek to be infused with hope as they build a sense of community, connect people and establish new partnerships within the community, he said.
Healing will be central to CCC’s ministries as well, Todd said, explaining the church seeks to develop a culture in which prayer is commonplace and a shared practice for people by increasing participation in prayer ministries, to include healing prayer, intercessory prayer and use of the prayer wall.
Equipping people through discipleship to be confident and capable followers of Jesus by implementing spiritual formation offerings and spiritual gift assessments is central to helping people realize wholeness in God as well, he said.
Although the church does have a Spirit-led design for the future, Todd stressed the Strategic Ministry Plan is serving a springboard for the church’s immediate next steps toward Congregational Vitality and that God will continue to shape Community Covenant as it continues along the Vitality Pathway.
“We’re starting here, but a year from now, this may look very different,” Todd said, explaining the PULSE assessment will be taken every two years and will help CCC further discern how God would have the church take future steps toward becoming a healthy missional church.
Regardless of where God may take CCC in the future, though, Todd said the congregation can look forward to how the Strategic Ministry Plan will unfold to impact the church, the local community and the world in the weeks and months ahead.
“I really think this is sitting into a good, sweet spot for us,” David said of the plan. “The best days are ahead of us, and I look forward to what God has in store for us.”
Community Covenant Church would like to express its heartfelt thanks to the members of the Strategic Ministry Planning Team, which included Pastor Todd Michero, Kevin Halvorsen, David Wille, Denise Smith, Stephanie Eklund Stockhouse, Cary Moore and former Pastor Erika Whittington.