What's Happening Now
- Key Ministries will be discussed with the Diaconate later this month. We've made some additions to the list below.
- All task forces are hard at work. The February status report is here, as is an article from the Facilities Task Force. This information will also appear in the March Spire.
- The task forces have started their work. A summary of their activities is here. This information will also appear in the February Spire.
August - October, 2020
- Our task forces have all met with the Program Office and lay leadership and have begun their work. The names of people on each task force are listed below.
- We have drafted a list of our current Key Ministries (see below)
- The Executive Committee is recruiting members for the first task forces
- Statements of Work for the task forces have been drafted (see below)
- Task forces will be kicked off later this month
August - October, 2020
- The Diaconate reviewed and accepted the Long Range Plan
- The Diaconate decided to begin work with 6 task forces. They will focus on: Pastoral Transition; Facilities; Anti-Racism; Small Group Ministry; Senior Ministry; Governance
Together we are working to define our Key Ministries - the high level ministries that we do together as a church. Over the coming months we will define what our current Key Ministries are, and take a first guess at what we want them to be going forward. The following list was drafted by the Staff and Project Office. In the coming weeks we will discuss these with the Diaconate and the Congregation. Stay tuned!
Our Current Key Ministries - First Draft
Support of sick/grieving
Special events: weddings, funerals, baby dedications
Wednesday night dinners
New member Class
Place at the Table
Small Groups – social
Facebook Connect page
Small Groups – educational
Special Events (Romney lectures, etc.)
Living our values
Financial support for other organizations
Space rental to nonprofits
Calls to Action via Facebook Connect page
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Baptist Peace Fellowship of N. America / Bautistas por la Paz
American Baptist Women
Seattle Baptist Union
Camps (Burton, Cascade Meadows)
Choir concerts and other musical special events
Public Space Ministry
Partnering with other agencies
Partnering with other religious organizations
Church Council of Greater Seattle
Faith Action Network
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Early in the process, the Long-Range Planning team consulted with the Diaconate, and we all agreed that the foundation of the plan, our vision, is the SFBC Mission Statement and Affirmation of Values. The plan calls us to Be Bold, Be Different, and Be Better as we continue to be a community of faith united in exploring what it means to follow the way of Jesus Christ.
Statements of Work for Task Forces
These statements of work have been prepared for the tasks that are being kicked off. Each task force will confirm what their statement of work should be, and the statements of work will likely change as they do their work. These are starting points.
In the process of preparing the statements of work, we recognized the need for an additional piece of foundational work - identifying SFBC's key ministries. The first priority is to list the key ministries that we already do. We then will prepare a list of changes to key ministries or additional key ministries that have been brought up as possibilities for the future. This information will be used by the task forces to support their work. We do not expect to finalize a list of key ministries for the future until our new permanent pastor(s) are in place.
Long-Range Plan Documents
What are people saying?
These are articles and other items that have been published about the Long-Range Planning Process.