What is The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI)?
Many of our church members and friends are aware by now that our church is engaged in the process called HCI. We want everyone to fully understand what this process is all about, and what to expect in the future as we move forward. The Healthy Church Initiative is implemented across all of the Texas conferences of the UMC, and in some 30 plus UMC conferences cross the U.S. It is helping churches to more effectively connect with God’s mission through self- examination and renewed commitment to making disciples of Jesus Christ to change the world.
The process is made up of three phases, as described below. Our church has completed Phase One, has received the Phase Two prescriptions, and is in the process of implementing the prescriptions as part of Phase Three.
Phase One: Shared Learning for Leadership Development: HCI promotes strong leadership development as the basis for transformation. Selected lay leadership persons and the pastor develop their leadership skills by participating in this eight month phase. They learn best practices of ministry through a curriculum of current ministry books, and by discussing their experiences and learnings with peers. Pastors also receive some one-on-one coaching during this phase.
Churches can benefit greatly from this phase whether or not they choose to continue with phase two.
Phase Two: Consultation/Intervention Process: This phase is approximately six months, and involves a comprehensive self-evaluation of the church to determine where it is currently and where it has been historically. This data then becomes key to the main event of this phase, the consultation week-end. EVERYONE will have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of the consultation week-end, Saturday being the big event. There are a series of interviews and group workshops to explore various strengths, opportunities, questions and issues. The consultation team, made up of trained lay persons and pastors from our own conference will lead these activities and prepare a summative report, to be presented to the church on Sunday following the last worship service. The report will contain five prescriptions for change that could lead to fruitfulness and growth. Through a series of “town hall” type meetings, these prescriptions will be discussed, and the church will decide whether to proceed with phase three.
Phase Three: Implementation of Prescriptions: Churches who accept the recommendations (prescriptions) will formulate implementation teams and will have about two years to complete the plans. A coach will be assigned to spend time at the church and provide directive coaching for the pastor, staff, and laity to insure completion of the prescriptions and assist with tracking progress and identifying barriers and obstacles.
Please note these dates on your calendars
and make them top priority events.
Clarity Sermon Series:
Sundays, August 9 to October 11 at 8:30AM and 11:00AM
Pastor Marsha delivers her sermon series, “Clarity: Who We Are & What We Do”, to highlight each segment of Our Mission and Vision statements. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.
Sunday, April 26 after the 11:00AM worship
All members are invited to attend and place their vote to adopt (or not) the prescriptions and proceed with Phase Three. If you would like a copy of the findings and recommendations, please contact us.
Friday, April 24 from 5:00AM ’til Midnight
Please pray for God’s guidance and presence as our church, it’s members and leaders decide on whether to proceed with the prescriptions set before us. You are welcome to pray from Anywhere, at Anytime during the day. We also welcome you to the church as the Sanctuary will be open throughout the day to provide a quiet place for prayer.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In order to have consistent prayer throughout the day, a signup sheet is available to fill 30-minute time slots. It is available in the foyer on Sundays before and after worship or contact us to be added.
Town Hall Meetings:
Please pick the date and time most convenient to you.
Thursday, April 16 at 10:00AM
Saturday, April 18 at 2:00PM
Monday, April 20 at 7:00PM
Church Consultation Weekend:
April 10-12, 2015