2021–2022 Ministry Plan
September 12, 2021
I. Introduction: I will introduce the proposed Ministry Plan for 2021-22.
A. Our church calling (I prefer that to Mission or Vision, which can be confusing, but you can use “motto”): Love God, Love People.
- Matthew 22:36–40 (NLT)—36“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” [PLT (Perry’s loose translation): What should each of us—and our church—be doing?]
37Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” [expressed as Love God, Love People.]
- Please listen to each of the pastors who lead an area of the church as they offer insight into their calling, their purpose or perspective, in their area of responsibility.
- Show Pastors Video.
- We wanted you to hear the pastors’ passion, their motivation, rather than a list of their programs, to help people pursue a relationship with God by faith
- We can grow in our Love for God in isolation through prayer, Bible reading, and worship, but these practices can be even more beneficial when shared with others as we are influenced by each other’s insight, experience and expression.
- The second command to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” which we express simply as Love People, can only be practiced in connection with others.
- The phrase, one another, is translated from the Greek word allēlōn which occurs 100 times in the New Testament and means "one another, each other; mutually, reciprocally, together."
- Approximately 59 of those occurrences give specific guidance in how (and how not) to relate to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, true Christian friendships.
- The encouragement to love each other appears 17 times, but you could say love is the motivation and guide for the way we treat each other in every situation.
- This love for each other will be expressed, according to these verses, through acceptance, encouragement, compassion, forgiveness, humility, harmony, patience, kindness, respect, teach, confront, and prayer. (This is only a summary.)
- We need people in our lives who are pursuing Christ, to know and be known, to be invested in each other’s spiritual growth, physical health, and emotional well-being.
- Covid-19 has kept us apart, many have not returned out of concern for future illness, but I hope each of us have experienced the importance—the value—of being together.
- Only together can we pursue our church’s Ministry Plan. (Instead of a budget.)
- All of our church’s efforts (thru Ministry Plan) should support Pursuing a Relationship with Jesus by Communicating with God, Connecting with Christians and Caring for Others.
B. 2021-22 Ministry Plan: Highlight improvements and changes
- Note: Each area’s amount includes staffing and a share of overhead costs (such as physical plant operation) as well as actual costs of operating programs.
1. Worship (which includes Production) promotes Communicating with God.
- Includes all expenses related to teaching, preaching and vocalizing our devotion to God in worship services held in all large meeting spaces for all ages—and on-line.
- New Improvements:
LED wall of screens (more cost-effective than purchasing new projectors)
Recording booth for message interpretation for other languages.
- Amount: $1,209,745; 16% of total
2. Adult Discipleship and Recreation promotes Connecting with others Christians for spiritual growth.
- Includes Community Groups, classes, Essentials in-depth discipleship, Mentoring, leadership training and many different Recreation opportunities for all ages.
- Amount: $656,953; 9% of total
3. Family, Students, Children (also Young Adults) promotes Connecting with Christians of different ages and life situations.
- Includes discipleship activities, camps and retreats for young adults, students and children, but also aiding families in encouraging spiritual growth and in their children through home activities, also support for Foster Care in our church and community.
- Amount: $1,851,784; 26% of total
4. Care and Serve promotes Caring for Others at Brookwood.
- Includes an extensive ministries to help people in difficult situations such as, Celebrate Recovery and the Landing (for students), support groups, pastoral and lay counseling, benevolence assistance, weddings and funerals, serving in church and community.
- Amount: $1,266,604; 17% of total.
5. Outreach and Missions promotes Caring for Others in our Community and the World.
- Includes support for Mission Partners and Organizations, mission trips, community agencies, disaster relief efforts, Spanish and Portuguese ministries and Special Friends.
- Continue Set Free support at current amount: $864,000
- Drilled 109 new wells through June across India, Sierra Leone, and Liberia
- Rescued 5635 children from slavery, Reunited 7798 children with their families
- Currently caring for 9090 rescued children
- 910 graduates are currently employed
- 7224 new churches have been planted
- Set Free Child Slavery Prevention Program launched in July 2020 makes loans to prevent children being sold into slavery and young women entering prostitution.
- Encourage individuals to sign up with setfreealliance.org for monthly support.
- Amount (for Outreach and Missions): $2,376,763; 32% of total. (1/3 going out!)
6. Facilities expenses relate to managing, operating and improving our physical plant.
Transferring $60k from Operating Budget to Capital Reserve fund ($5k per month) for necessary repairs and potential improvements (based on available funds).
Ministry Plan total: $7, 361,849 (Dollar, more info., Q&A, 2 pm, Pod I, Sun., Sept. 19.)
7. God has given us a ministry that is unique in accepting all people, showing them respect, dignifying every one, as we help them become the people God created them to be.
- We share together in changing lives; it takes all of us loving, serving, giving, inviting.
- We share in offering the life of Christ just as we share in the sacrifice of Christ, commemorated through the Lord’s Supper (also referred to as Communion).
C. Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-26)
- 1 Corinthians 10:16–17 (NLT)—16When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? 17And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.
- BREAD: 1 Corinthians 11:23–24 (NLT)—23For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord Himself. On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread [OPEN CLEAR TOP] 24and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and said, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this to remember Me.”
- WINE: 1 Corinthians 11:25–26 (NLT)—[OPEN CUP TOP] 25In the same way, He took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood. Do this to remember Me as often as you drink it.” 26For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until He comes again.
I want to show you a story of a changed life here at Brookwood.
D. Clint Robison’s Story video: Are you “going down a different path…?”
- Perhaps it’s time for you to take some steps.
- Fill out My Commitment. (for YOU! We’re not collecting them.)
- Counselors here at front and in Care Connection room.
- Memory verse: Hebrews 10:24–25
- Q&A Meeting will be at 2 pm in Pod I on Sunday, September 19.
- Prepare for next week: Read 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:11.