Calvary Lutheran Church Ministry Plan 2018
Background and Purpose
Per the Congregational Policy Manual (II.2.f), “The Ministry Plan will be the central guiding document for all church efforts for the designated period. It will provide broad guidance to each committee and program that synergizes efforts across the church community towards common goals. The Ministry Plan will be descriptive rather than prescriptive in nature, to the greatest extent possible, to allow boards, committees, and program leaders the latitude to devise their own means to achieving stated goals.”
The three broad foci for ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church for 2018 are as follows:
1. Spiritual Growth
2. Community Outreach
3. Military Outreach
Boards, committees, and program leaders should prioritize these three areas in order as they consider initiatives and events for the congregation.
It is God who causes spiritual growth in His people. He plants faith in us by His Holy Spirit in baptism and feeds and sustains us through His Word and Sacraments. The Divine Service is the primary place where God bestows upon us His gifts, and as such it is the central focus of the life of the Body of Christ in this place. Divine Service is enhanced among us through the gifts and service of the members in many ways, including Altar Guild, acolyte, usher, greeter, lay reader, musicianship, and other services.
Christian education is significantly supplementary to the Divine Service, as we are continually fed by God’s Word and our study of it. All members are strongly encouraged to participate in the educational life of the Body of Christ in this place. Where a study need is noted, members are encouraged to make suggestions to the pastor or elders in order that such needs might be met.
Fellowship is critical to spiritual growth. Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts Christians: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” To this end priority will be placed on opportunities to fellowship together, as the Body of Christ and as component parts of that Body, for example as men, women, youth, and the like. We are assailed by sin, death, and the power of Satan in all parts of our life. God has given us the Church and fellowship with one another as refuge and support against all these. We then will gladly seek to receive these gifts God would lavish upon us.
We are the Body of Christ in a number of communities simultaneously, rippling out from this zip code to this city, county, State, nation, and world. Within each of these this congregation stands as a lamp on a lamp stand, illuminating the darkness with the Light of Christ. As we pray that the reign of God would come to those who have not yet received it, so also we will actively work to bring that saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors who do not yet know Him. Through acts of charity, service, evangelism, and community involvement we will seek to make inroads for the Gospel at each level of community of which we are a part. This includes the continued ministry of our Preschool and may include hosting community events, civic service, evangelism, human care, and other such initiatives and events.
A unique community of ours due to our proximity to Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River and our vocational makeup is that of the military. The military community is largely transient, and faces a unique set of challenges and opportunities not necessarily present for the greater population. Special attention will be given to reach this special community with the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mission: Supported and Supporting
The mission of God for Calvary Lutheran Church is to equip the saints and reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we seek to participate in this mission, committees may be constituted on either a standing or ad hoc basis in order to carry out different aspects of it. The pastor, Policy Board, and Board of Elders shall work to empower and assist the coordination of these committees with one another.
Ideally these committees will work symbiotically, the congregation adopting a task-orientation which allows the lead committee or body to be supported by one or more supporting committees or bodies to succeed in accomplishing an intended initiative or event. In all things, we will strive to keep focus on Christ: His cross, His resurrection, and His promised return in glory.