Plan2020

By 2015 (done in remainder of 2014)

Outcome: By 2015, the Webpage for Sunday School curriculum and mission programs is launched. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Education, Missions and the communications department.

Outcome: By 2015 Radical Hospitality has been defined and there is a plan to insure that the attributes associated with Radical Hospitality become part of the fabric of FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Evangelism and Hospitality Team.

Outcome: By 2015 the ECDC and FUMC 1st School Advisory Boards have developed and distributed mission statements that illustrate an alignment with the mission and vision of FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the advisory boards of ECDC and FUMC 1st under the direction of the Minister of Mission and Outreach.

Outcome: By 2015 hospitality ambassadors are stationed at all doors as the congregation enters and exits all buildings on Sunday mornings. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship and Evangelism.

Outcome: By 2015 recommendations regarding use of technology for financial giving to the church have been provided and a determination about their use is before the Administrative Board. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Technology Team, Finance Committee, and Finance Office.

Outcome: By 2015 an audit of all church programs has been completed and a determination has been made concerning the status of each program based on the program’s ability to help FUMC fulfill the mission and vision of the church. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Executive Minister in collaboration with the SPRC, Trustees, and Program Staff.

Outcome: By 2015 multiple means of communicating all mission opportunities for the year are in place and communication is ongoing throughout the year. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions.

Outcome: By 2015 a comprehensive annotated list of prayer opportunities available to members is produced in hard copy and online. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Prayer.

Outcome: By 2015 “Wesleyan Tradition” is fully defined and the definition is the basis for Sunday School lessons, sermons, literature, meetings, discussion, and study throughout FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship and Education.

Outcome: By 2015 and each year thereafter, a major art piece is purchased and added to the FUMC religious art collection representing various artists and styles. The art is placed throughout the buildings with prepared study guides to be used by Sunday School classes and others in learning about the art, artist, and religious significance. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Religious Arts Festival Committee in collaboration with the Memorials and Interiors Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: By 2015 an accessibility audit has been conducted and the results are available to the Administrative Board. The owner(s) of this outcome will be 50 and Forward Ministries and the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: By 2015 a live feed is streaming worship services to nursery and childcare workers. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees and the Audio/Visual Team.

Outcome: By 2015 general announcements in worship services are delivered prior to the prelude and at the end of announcements, the minister will ask the congregation to prepare their hearts for worship. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the clergy staff and Worship Committee.

Outcome: By 2015 a parking committee is charged with recommending solutions, both temporary and permanent, and implementing approved temporary and permanent solutions to the parking issues facing FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be a newly formed task force under the direction of the Board of Trustees.

In 2015

Outcome: In 2015 and continuing each year thereafter, there is a 25 person net increase in new adult church membership (using the 2009-2013 net membership data as baseline.) The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Evangelism and Assimilation.

Outcome: In 2015 materials, literature and processes for Pathways to Membership, Discipleship, and Service are completed and operational. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Evangelism, Education, and Missions.

Outcome: In 2015 all prospective members are afforded participation in Pathway to Membership. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Evangelism.

Outcome: In 2015, all new and current members are afforded participation in Pathway to Discipleship yielding a cumulative participation total of 1500 persons by 2020. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Education and Assimilation.

Outcome: In 2015, all new and current members are afforded participation in Pathway to Service yielding a cumulative participation total of 2000 persons by 2020. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions.

Outcome: In 2015 and based on the results of a needs assessment, additional small, age specific spiritual development groups are created. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Education and all age-level department heads.

Outcome: In 2015 online biblical studies and spiritual development resources are available to all members. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Education in collaboration with the Communications Team.

Outcome: In 2015 and each year thereafter, a new member mentoring program links all new members with a veteran member for the period of six months. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Assimilation.

Outcome: In 2015 the FUMC Visitor Information Centers are in place resourced by volunteers during all Sunday morning events and at other times deemed appropriate. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Evangelism in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2015 a plan is in place to create meaningful partnerships with other churches related to social services and is yielding at least one additional partnership with another church per year to support issues related to social services in the River Region. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Director of Missions and Service who will form a new task force to meet this outcome.

Outcome: In 2015 an assessment has been completed concerning current FUMC partnerships with community agencies and additional partnerships are being sought to support the mission and vision of FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Church and Society and Missions in collaboration with the Director of Missions and Service.

Outcome: In 2015 a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan targeting young adults has been fully implemented and is yielding a 5% net increase in young adult membership each year using the 2013 net membership data as baseline. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Young Adult Council.

Outcome: In 2015 a joint agreement between FUMC and Huntingdon College clearly defines the scope and direction of a long-term partnership between the Church and the College to support the spiritual growth of Huntingdon Students involved with FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Higher Education.

Outcome: In 2015 a plan is in place to work with other colleges and universities in the River Region to support student spiritual growth. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Higher Education.

Outcome: In 2015 a clearly defined plan of action is development and implemented to insure that FUMC creates opportunities for fellowship, study, worship and service with all Montgomery churches, but especially those who trace their foundations to John Wesley. The plan has a focus for increasing diversity among all participants. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship and Church and Society.

Outcome: In 2015 a financial and stewardship education process aligned with a transparent discussion of the church budget is afforded all members and made available through regular presentations and communication multiple times during the year. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Finance Committee and Stewardship Steering Committee in collaboration with the Communication Team.

Outcome: In 2015 a new system is in place for members to pledge their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Stewardship Team.

Outcome: In 2015 a ministry to teach the history and symbols of FUMC is in place and being used to create awareness of the rich history of the church. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Archives and History and Worship.

Outcome: In 2015 materials, literature and processes for the Pathway to Service are completed and operational. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions.

Outcome: In 2015, and continuing thereafter, there are 2 annual local mission projects that involve entire families (parents, children, and/or grandparents) working together to accomplish the mission. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions in collaboration with Family Ministries and all age-level department heads.

Outcome: In 2015 and continuing each year thereafter, there is a10% increase in first-time participants involved in local mission activities (using 2013 data as baseline.) The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions and Assimilation.

Outcome: In 2015 a transportation ministry for members needing assistance has been established and is fully operational. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the 50 and Forward Council in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2015 a determination is made concerning expanding the Respite Ministry and no later than 2020 appropriate space has been made available on the church campus if the program expands. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Director of Respite Ministries in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2015 a determination is made concerning expanding Joy for Johnny and no later than 2020 appropriate space has been made available on the church campus if the program expands. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Church and Society.

Outcome: In 2015 a committee has reviewed current FUMC connections to prison ministries and has created a plan to offer opportunities for members to be more involved in prison ministry and missions. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Church and Society.

Outcome: In 2015 a review of the work of existing River Region community nonprofits is finished and decisions are made to collaborate with those that can assist FUMC in successful mission work. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Church and Society in collaboration with the Missions Work Area.

Outcome: In 2015 and each year thereafter, there is a 10% net increase in attendance at the annual Prayer/Bible Conference (using attendance data from 2013-14 as baseline.) The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Prayer, Education, and Assimilation.

Outcome: In 2015 and each year thereafter, there is a 10% cumulative net increase in individuals participating in the many prayer ministries of FUMC (using baseline data from 2013-14 as baseline.) The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Prayer.

Outcome: In 2015 new prayer resources and curricula related to prayer are available for church member use and widely distributed at multiple times and events. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Prayer.

Outcome: In 2015 an evening prayer service is being offered and includes a variety of prayer practices. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Prayer and Worship.

Outcome: In 2015 a variety of prayer practices reflecting a prayer theme are being used in Sunday worship services to include but not be limited to silent prayer, prayer from the pulpit, prayer set to music, responsive prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, and prayer led by multiple members. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Prayer.

Outcome: In 2015 and continuing each year thereafter, FUMC is averaging 1500 attendees in worship services each week inclusive of all worship opportunities offered during the week. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship.

Outcome: In 2015 an annotated listing of all worship services reflecting the Wesleyan Tradition will be published online and additional opportunities for worship services will be added as appropriate to meet the needs of all members. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship.

Outcome: In 2015 selected Festival Sundays reflect the celebratory nature of the Wesleyan Tradition as a result of the efforts of the creative team. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship.

Outcome: In 2015 FUMC is offering worship opportunities that appeal to younger members including supporting Huntingdon College’s contemporary service as requested. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship and the Young Adult Council.

Outcome: In 2015 and continuing each year thereafter, all worship opportunities involve well-prepared and trained laity leadership representing all ages of the congregation in creative, reverent, and well-planned worship to the glory of God. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship in collaboration with a newly formed visioning team for this outcome.

Outcome: In 2015 the music program will be reviewed and a plan will be created to insure that resources are available to support the continuing tradition of worshipful music at FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Music Committee.

Outcome: In 2015 a highly structured cleaning and maintenance schedule is designed and implemented for all buildings to monitor and insure effective short-term cleaning and maintenance in areas of heavy use (bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, offices, grounds, etc.) and to schedule and insure long-term cleaning and maintenance in areas not easily accessed, but requiring periodic attention (ceiling beams, chandeliers, tops of higher surfaces, etc.) The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees in collaboration with the Maintenance and Grounds Superintendent.

Outcome: In 2015 baby changing facilities are in at least one men’s and women’s restroom in every building are installed. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Director of Nursery Ministries in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2015 a room is available for nursing mothers. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Director of Nursery Ministries in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2015 a cry room is in place. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Director of Nursery Ministries in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2015 an energy audit is conducted. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees, Church and Society, and a newly formed task force to achieve this outcome.

Outcome: In 2015, the feasibility of adding a part-time archivist to the staff will be considered by the Administrative Board. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Work Area on Archives and History.

Outcome: In 2015 the lighting and sound in sanctuary are enhanced. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Worship, the A/V Team, and the Board of Trustees.

By 2016 (to be done in late 2015)

Outcome: By 2016 a study is completed concerning FUMC sponsorship of an early childhood schooling program for children of lower income and if deemed viable, the program is operational by 2020. The owner(s) of this outcome will be a newly formed visioning team comprised of (but not limited to) a member of the Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Finance Committee, Church and Society, ECDC and 1st School Advisory Boards, et al.

Outcome: By 2016 and each year thereafter, an expanded religions arts festival involves other churches, community arts groups and is attracting participants from throughout the River Region for a week-long celebration of religious art. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Music Committee and Religious Arts Festival Team.

Outcome: By 2016 an evaluation of the storm water management system will be made and upgrades will be implemented to improve surface and subsurface drainage and prevent basement and roof flooding. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees and the Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor. 

In 2016

Outcome: In 2016 an Intergenerational mentoring program links members of various ages for the purpose of support, learning, and spiritual growth. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Evangelism, Assimilation and age-level leaders as needed.

Outcome: In 2016 and each year thereafter, 100% percent of adults are pledging financially to the church. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Stewardship Team in collaboration with the Finance Committee.

Outcome: In 2016 there are quarterly church-wide mission projects offered that focus on supporting people of the River Region. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions.

Outcome: In 2016 the FUMC Mission House has been created which relocates the Clothes Bank, the Furniture Ministry, and Social Services to a space/function suitable location that unifies these and any other missions of FUMC that would benefit from being located in the Mission House. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and reps from above-mentioned mission ministries.

Outcome: In 2016 improved accessibility for those with limited mobility has been achieved by implementing recommendations from the accessibility audit. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the 50 and Forward Council and the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2016 a new energy policy is in place. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area on Church and Society and the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2016 an Intergenerational Maintenance & Preservation Plan is developed to be handed from one generation to the next and fully outlines maintenance and preservation goals and timelines for the future. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Young Adult Council and the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2016 a feasibility study is completed and expansion needs are determined. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees as based on the results of the program and space audits.

Outcome: In 2016, as part of the feasibility study on space needs, the need for an archives area, Heritage Wall, records management center and library expansion are addressed. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Archives and History and the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2016 the process of cementing, cleaning, and repairing the stained glass windows throughout the campus is completed. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees.

By 2017 (to be done in late 2016)

Outcome: By 2017 adequate permanent parking is provided to meet the needs of visitors, and all members including senior and disabled members. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees in collaboration with the necessary age-level department heads.

In 2017

Outcome: In 2017 there is significantly reduced energy consumption and costs (using energy cost data from 2014, 2015, and 2016 as baseline.) The owner(s) of this outcome will be the task force created by Church and Society in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: In 2017 the storm water management system upgrades are completed. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Board of Trustees.

In 2018

Outcome: In 2018 a financial campaign seeks funding to meet space requirements as outlined by the feasibility study. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.

By 2020

Outcome: By 2020 the Youth Ministry Renovation is completed. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the current Renovation Team, Youth Council, and Youth Leadership Team.

Outcome: By 2020 purposed space is created on the church campus for Family Promise. The owner(s) of this outcome will be the Work Area(s) on Missions and the Board of Trustees.

Outcome: By 2020 a plan to provide adequate space for all ministries, including a college Sunday School class, is funded and being addressed with either redevelopment of current space, building of additional space, or another plan that meets the space needs for FUMC. The owner(s) of this outcome will be a collaborative effort between the Executive Minister, Board of Trustees, age-level department heads and work areas/councils.