Bear Creek's Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI 2.0) goal is to ultimately become disciples of Christ who are making disciples. To assist us to achieve our goal, our VCI coach, Chuck Simmons, has given us four Prescriptions which are currently in progress.
Prescription #1 Strengthen Communications
Team Leader: Quan Luu
The pastor, in consultation with the coach, has created a Communications team of 7 volunteers. The team will review all BCUMC communications, internal and external, and recommend actions to inform and connect better across generations with those inside and outside the church. This team will research and implement healthy and effective ways to communicate clearly about major decisions, updates, activities and ministry needs. Particular attention will be given to accuracy, accountability, focus and consistency to yield positive results both within and beyond the membership.
To kick off 2019 efforts, the team will participate in a communication workshop with consultant April Canik on Sunday, January 6, to discuss best practices, establish a consistent information flow chart and formulate a written plan for overall communications detailing accountable personnel and milestones. Cost of the workshop is subsidized by the Texas Annual Conference's Center for Congregational Excellence.
Prescription #2: Enhance Hospitality Assimilation
Team Leader: Joy Quandahl
The pastor, in conjunction with the coach, has created a team of 5 people plus teams from the Invite and Discipleship Ministries. To kick off 2019 efforts, the first of three Hospitality and Assimilation training workshops scheduled for Monday, January 14. The workshops will be led by consultant, Jan Floro of the company Grow Church Now. Cost of the workshop is subsidized by the Texas Annual Conference's Center for Congregational Excellence.
Briefly, our Hospitality goals include making the Bear Creek Campus, welcome packets, and website
guest-friendly, developing a comprehensive welcoming system for new members including electronic tools to support the system, and intentional strengthening of post-service attention to guests.
Our Assimilation goals are to leverage other churches' successful assimilation models to design BCUMC's system for assimilation and implement the volunteer structure and
electronic tools to support the system.
Prescription #3: Focus on the Young
Team Leader: Kim Purdy
The pastor, in consultation with the coach, is in the process of creating a team to include representatives of youth, young adults and younger families who will invite a church-wide commitment to making the "Young" a prioritized focus of Bear Creek UMC. This will include teaching about the gap between the membership and demographics of the surrounding community regarding youthfulness and young families.
The team will make recommendations that target new programs to our mission-field (examples: Just Me and the Kids, Parenting Safe Children, etc.), improve the child and family friendliness of our campus, design multigenerational activities and increase the Preschool's enrollment, visibility, and linkage with membership.
Prescription #4: Develop Discipleship Pathway
Team Leader: Millard Brogan
The pastor, in consultation with the coach, has created a Discipleship Team of 5 people representing various ages and stages of spiritual maturity within the congregation. The team is working to create a systematic pathway for intentional faith development from the cradle to the grave.
The Discipleship Pathway will focus on the faith journey, the lifelong formation of a Five-Star Participant, rather than on programs that provide quick fixes. This will provide multiple entry points for a person to become a Five-Star Participant. The team will also provide resources at every level in a disciple formation plan to help individuals move from stage to stage, increasing the flow of intentional growth.