Greetings from the Vision Council by Matt Kaldor
I want to give you another update on the latest activities of the Vision Council.
Before I get into that, I want to start again with scripture. James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
I'll admit that "pure joy" is not always the first thing that comes to mind as trials have come in my life. It's a bit difficult to think in that manner during those times as stress, doubt, and worry sometimes creep in to dominate the emotions. It's during those times that I must remind myself to seek to discern God's will for me in the situation trusting in Him, even though I don't know nor understand God's larger plan. If understanding of a larger plan ever comes, many times it is well after the fact, and I can see how God moved different pieces of the puzzle at different times and unbeknownst to me.
These times of reflection and seeing God's hand in the situation are awesome and certainly have served to grow me and continue to show me the great power of God to work through His people if we are faithful to seek Him and move as He calls. So as we face trials as individuals and as a church body, lean on God, trust in Him, seek to discern His will, knowing that these trials serve to build us up and mature us in our faith.
The past month Vision Council had the opportunity to have a meeting with staff. During that meeting each individual from both Vision Council and staff shared about a success and a challenge within their area of responsibility. This gave all a better understanding of activities within both groups. It will also help to foster further communication between Vision Council portfolio owners and staff members within those portfolios.
Another item that has received significant activity this past month is the formation of a call committee. During the month, we were in prayer and discussion on who God was putting on our hearts to serve on the call committee. At the last Vision Council meeting, individuals were identified to be contacted about potentially serving. Those individuals are taking time to pray and discern about serving in this capacity.
We pray that the committee members will be finalized the first half of March.
In conjunction with this activity, Doug Leet has been in contact with LCMC in regard to potential training opportunities for the call committee. This has resulted in a training session being set up on March 18 at Charity. The training will be for call committee members and Vision Council and focus on transition management. An invite for the training has also been sent out to LCMC churches in North and South Dakota as an opportunity for their call committees and church councils as well.
The last major activity involved planning and discussion for governance and organizational structure investigations. As we get the call committee formed, I expect this to be the primary area of focus for Vision Council over the next couple of meetings. An open forum was held the last Sunday in February to review where the Vision Council is at and where we are going with the above items. There was good discussion during the forum and we will continue to use open forums and other communication avenues to keep the congregation informed as well as solicit feedback as we seek to follow God's will during this time of transition.
Finally, please continue to pray for staff, Vision Council, and our congregation as we seek to discern and follow God's will for us during this time.