This is a new gathering and therefore the goals, plans and format may change over time. This is merely a starting document to provide some initial framework for the group. It may be helpful eventually to choose a leader and/or a team member to take notes and report to consistory and church staff on anything that happens in the meetings.
• Embrace our relationship with the schools as our neighbors, partners, and friends.
• Seek to understand and follow God’s will for Community regarding the neighborhood schools.
• Listen carefully to the needs expressed by the school staff.
• Take action. Make a practical and sustainable plan and welcome volunteers who feel called by God to make the ideas happen. Communicate with the people and organizations involved. Do the work to make it happen. Avoid creating plans that assume the excitement and commitment you feel today will continue for decades to come. Do what God is asking you to do today.
• See the idea through to completion. Follow through on all items to ensure things are wrapped up well.
• Gather to update one another on what is happening in the schools and in various projects.
• Connect and empower the people in Community who feel led to volunteer or financially support the work of Community in relation to the school.
• Share opportunities for volunteering with the congregation in cooperation with church staff.
• Receive and provide information and input to the church board and staff as appropriate.
• Implement ideas as a working team.
• Quarterly meetings (additional break-out or special interest meetings an option as needed.)
• Open to any interested people.
• Any funds for projects and ideas would be at the discretion of the church board
Meeting format/ guidelines:
• Open and close each meeting in a brief prayer
• Go around the table for each person to introduce themselves by name.
• Near the beginning of each meeting, offer an opportunity for all present to share what is happening in the schools and projects in progress. This might mean sharing upcoming events, opportunities to serve, exciting news, prayer requests, updates or just sharing that the good work continues with little change.
• Following prayer, introductions, and updates, follow up on any “old business” then begin new business. No formal voting or “motions” are required as this is not necessarily a decision-making team though votes may be a useful tool in moving forward on ideas and/or bringing information to the board.
• Celebrate what is happening in the schools.
• Provide communication and opportunities to serve without pressuring others. Invite others (rather than implying others “should” do more or be more involved) and provide good communication. Avoid stretching or straining the volunteer resources readily available as this can add stress and remove the joy that sometimes comes with serving. Let God do the nudging. This is not a recruiting team but rather an empowering and supporting team.
• Rather than creating a “to do” list or work for others including the board, other volunteers, church staff or the very busy staff of the schools, this team can provide support. Each member can act on the ideas to which they feel led.