Invitation to the Annual Vision and Business Meeting
God willing, on Thursday, February 21st, we will meet for our church family’s annual vision and business meeting. There are three aims that we have for this meeting, all of which I hope will make it a meaningful time for our life together as God’s people.
First, we gather to vote on significant issues in our church’s life. According to our bylaws, the church membership must vote to approve such things as the purchase or sale of property, amending the bylaws, officially joining other churches organizationally, and approving pastors and elders. While I can take no credit for this policy, I believe it is very wise. One leader called such voting power the “emergency break” of the membership, in case the elders steer the church in the wrong direction. As an elder, I am grateful for such safety measures.
This year the only item for vote (beyond the approval of the budget) is the affirmation of Peter Kinkel for another 3-year term as an elder. Peter has been a faithful, gentle, level-headed elder for the past 3 years. I have often said that, while I stand on the ship’s upper deck, watching the big picture and trying to steer us in the right direction, Peter is in the engine room, making sure all systems are go. Without his eyes on the dials, no amount of turning the wheel would matter. I appreciate the combination of administrative savvy and pastoral concern he brings to our group of elders, and look forward to working with him for another 3-year term. If you have any questions or concerns about Peter’s role as elder, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second, we gather to approve the annual budget. This requires much more than business acumen. The stewardship of our financial resources demands spiritual wisdom to know which expenditures best reflect our biblical mandates of glorifying God and making disciples. I hope you will prayerfully look through the budget and bring any questions you have to the meeting. Our hope is that we as a church will do what we as individuals should be doing–using our resources to lay up “treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).
Third, we meet to pause over and reflect on the year behind us and the year ahead of us. This is a healthy activity, as we can often push through life without reflection and miss key opportunities to tweak our direction. God built such rhythms into our corporate life through baptism and the Lord’s supper, which are meant to be times of self-reflection and retelling the gospel story that makes us his people. I will aim to do this through the annual message.
Please make every effort to attend the annual vision and business meeting on February 21st at 7 PM in the Fireside Room. Our greatest aim is that God would be glorified in how we make plans to reach up in worship, reach in to equip, and reach out with Jesus’ gospel.