Sunday Schedule Updates
(Posted December 6)Last night your Church Council voted overwhelmingly to adopt the recommendation of the Sunday Study Team to change our schedule effective March 1. The recommendation and vote comes after multiple meetings, reviewing nearly 250 surveys from Old Mission attendees, considering information from other churches, and exploring to some degree eight different models. Beginning March 1, our new schedule will look like this: Some important items that the graphic cannot portray:
Over the next few months, we will work together to implement these changes successfully. A variety of groups including children’s ministry, adult ministry, music groups, and staff will be busy to make this change as smooth as possible. Your help and your prayers are appreciated. Finally, as always, please know that I welcome your questions and feedback. The best way to reach me is via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(posted November 19)
The team has one remaining meeting and will finalize a recommendation for the December 5 Church Council. Seven different schedules have been raised, including one that would retain three worship services. Two schedules are still under consideration. All surveys, many individual and group conversations, and other relevant data have all been examined. Members of the group have shared that their thoughts have changed, for some people even multiple times. There is consensus that the final plan will likely not match precisely what any person would hope for. Our whole process has been compromise, cooperation, and consensus.
(posted November 8)
The Sunday Morning Study Team is continuing to meet and is on schedule to have a recommendation by their December 5th deadline. They have now met for approximately six hours, reviewed the 240 surveys congregation members returned, and had informal discussions with people not connected to Old Mission. They have explored several different models for Sunday morning, giving serious attention to four. Two are still under consideration. One of them is a two-hour model with worship at one hour and both worship and Sunday school at the other hour. The other is a three-hour model with Sunday school in-between two hours of worship. One of the worship hours would also have a children’s education component for a significant part of the hour (this is similar to what we currently do during 11:00 worship).
The team is getting more input about the logistics of Sunday morning under both of these models from church staff and volunteers. They will meet again on November 18.
(posted October 14)
The Sunday Schedule Team wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey and be part of the conversation. Your input and the input of the rest of the congregation will be important in crafting a recommendation. Your voice matters. Click here to begin the survey. It will be open until October 21. Thank you!
(posted October 2)
The Sunday Schedule Revision Team met on Sunday, September 29. The primary focus was creation of an instrument to get feedback from the congregation. After considerable work, the group decided that the single best instrument would be a survey. We used a 2002 survey as a starting point. Drew Szcesny and Bill Eisele will finalize the questions, submit a draft, revise, and have the final version up by October 13. The survey will be available online and in print for 8 days, including 2 Sundays. That allows adequate time for all interested people to complete it and gives the team enough time to fully process the information.
We also began looking at historical data related to worship and Sunday school attendance.
(posted September 17)
The Sunday Schedule Revision Team, selected by Church Council to work on a new Sunday morning schedule, held their first meeting on September 16. The group shared common hopes and expectations from this process. We began with defining our work.
Purpose: phrases like providing opportunities to meet the different needs of worshipers, creating a welcoming space for guests, using our volunteer and staff resources effectively, and providing an opportunity to build a more robust Christian life were lifted up. There was also a strong sense that through two worship services we can experience more energy and build upon the strengths of Old Mission.
Principles: This discussion centered on the boundaries that we will work within. The group is committed to two different styles of high-quality worship (particularly noting our music ministries), providing opportunities for involvement in worship from all ages at both hours, considering the needs of both our current members and potential future members, and acknowledging that we need to minimize the impact of a schedule change on our Sunday School classes across all ages. At the same time there was a strong desire that every grouping share in the change.
Process: we are committed to a process that includes mechanisms for input from any person who desires to provide input. We intend to communicate fully and frequently so that there are no surprises. We intend to bring a final recommendation to Church Council in early December.
The next steps for the group is information gathering. Before meeting again we will gather relevant data, examine the current Sunday morning schedule (including behind-the-scenes components like music rehearsal times), and individually consider the best ways to invite the full congregation to participate. You can begin to share thoughts now by emailing email@example.com. You can also expect a brief summary like this after each of the group’s meetings.
Sunday Schedule Revision Team:
Brenda CherpitelTara CulleyClaudia DawsonDave LoweEd PetersonKim RobinettDrew Szczesny
David LivingstonKaren NyhartKaren EiseleTom Gifford