It’s back for another season! The 729 concerts kickoff November 2nd with a solo album release concert by Ben Keyes. Ben brings a fresh voice to Gospel-saturated songwriting with thoughtful lyrics that will make you laugh and cry, and down-to-earth music rooted in blues, gospel, and American folk traditions. Ben is also giving a presentation about the album and playing some tracks at the L’Abri Lecture Series.
On Sunday September 8th Pastor Chris will begin a new series on the vision of the church. We will have one combined service at 9:30A in Phillips hall before launching the fall service schedule the following weekend.
Hope to see you there!
This is the second of four quarterly updates that the board is providing this year in the TCC weekly newsletter to inform the congregation about issues being addressed. It covers meetings in May, June, and July. Members of the current board are: Greg Allison, Deborah Dunsire, Kevin Johnson, Richard Lippmann, Jack Ohman, Richard Peck (Chair and Moderator), Amy Scott, and Chris Ziegler (senior Minister).
The board meets the first Tuesday of each month, takes time during each meeting for devotions and prayer, provides feedback on a monthly report by Chris, reviews a short summary from the finance committee, and works towards developing and implementing Guiding Principles as required by the church bylaws. A major focus during this quarter has been to develop a senior pastor evaluation process. The bylaws specify that the senior pastor evaluates all other church personnel, but the board evaluates the senior pastor. There have been extensive discussions between meetings and work by the executive committee (Richard Peck, Amy Scott, Jack Ohman, and Chris Ziegler) to define the spirit, context, and content of the evaluation and make sure it is practical and provides useful direction, support, and encouragement to the senior pastor. The current plans are to align the review cycle with the academic year and schedule congregational feedback and pastor self-assessment in June with a review early in July. This year, there will have to be an earlier review in the fall because Chris has been here for more than a year. The evaluation will include a vision for the church agreed to by the senior pastor and based on our mission statement “To be and make disciples of Jesus Christ.” Performance will be evaluated in the following four categories that support the current vision: 1) Outreach and Missions, 2) Worship, 3) Leadership, and 4) Congregational Care and Spiritual Development. As part of this evaluation, the senior pastor will provide near- and long-term goals for achieving our Church Vision. Details for the evaluation process are still being developed but there will probably be both an annual more formal evaluation and more frequent informal evaluations.
Some of the other items reviewed during quarterly meetings were addition of new staff including Kyle Smethurst as Student Ministries Pastor, Sherry Grace as Assistant Children’s Minister, and Polly Soares as Youth Ministry Intern. The board also coordinated with the finance committee to hold a special congregation meeting to extend the church’s bank line of credit for five years. That meeting was held on June 9th and the extension was approved.
At the most recent meeting, we discussed a detailed vision for the church presented by Chris with the goal of “Becoming a Disciple Making Church.” Such a church leads people who are not Christians to Christ when the congregation intentionally develops relationships of trust with non-believers. This vision includes a map of activities to support growth in people’s relationship with Christ both for new and more mature believers.
Meeting minutes are available in the church office from Debbie Wilson. If you have any concerns or suggestions about the board or important church issues, please contact any board member.
if you’ve been to http://www.tccwayland.org recently, you may have noticed our site update, a total overhaul of the website with a fresh new look!
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Small Group Leaders – Save the Date – September 7th
A sign of a healthy church is vibrant small groups! Small groups are critical for every person to be known, cared for, and to be growing together in community. This doesn’t happen automatically; it happens through small group leaders who are passionate about their small group being vibrant and healthy! On Saturday, September 7th, we will be holding an all-church training session for small group leaders. Whether you lead a small group in LTA, Student Ministries, Mom to Mom, Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Ministries or Adult Ministries, you are welcome and encouraged to be part of this high-level training. You will be better equipped to lead a small group in the upcoming year.
Topics will include:
Foundations of Biblical Community: Aligning our small group leadership skills with the original small group leader.
Elements of Small Group Community: Identifying the vision and values of TCC’s small groups.
Building Small Group Community: Learning skills and approaches in order to foster and a genuine and transforming small group.
More information coming soon. Save the date and spread the word!