God's Purpose for Us and Our Guiding Principles are used to
measure all we do in God's name. They are the template that we
use in making all of our decisions.
God’s Purpose for United in Faith:
We are to be God’s Hands, Feet and Voice in
Guiding Principles for United in Faith:
|Jesus is Lord and Savior.
|Reflect God’s love.
|Pray and listen for God’s
|Continue to strengthen faith.
|Include All in God’s work.
|Meet people where they are.
Pastor Greg Moser's article in the 2010 June Newsletter
explains what this means for United in Faith.
Dear Christian Friends,
Over the past months many within our congregation worked
hard in order to chart a renewed path forward for United in
Faith. It is clear that for many the previous vision and values
statements had become – well old. It is clear that they
have served their purpose. Let us celebrate the many
accomplishments which they lead to: partnerships with the
surrounding community, adaptive worship experiences, youth
programs, programs for seniors, scholarships for kids and an
emphasis on prayer. Those guiding values were rooted in a
different time and a different place. United in Faith is no
long becoming … it has become!
What have we become?
A worshiping community
A loving community
A serving community
A giving community
An important part of this community
A place with rich history
A place with much to share
A place with a bright future
A community with the institution capacity to adapt and
Because time has passed, people have changed and passions
have changed the time has come for a renewed direction. So the
question is this. Where is God taking us now? .
Looking forward what do we see?
We see a changing community
We see a diverse community
We see challenging economic times
We see a congregation ‘stressed’ to do ministry in
almost every way
There are no more ‘traditional Lutherans’ in our
We see God calling us to be witnesses in these difficult
We see a vibrant and relevant ministry.
So what does this mean?
It means that we cannot stand still and we cannot let fear
or lack of passion prevent us from moving. To stand still
means a slow and downward path to irrelevance. God is calling
us to ‘go out into the world and make disciples.’
It is on us to tell the story everywhere we are. It is on us to
share the story. It is on us to nurture people in the faith.
It is on us to love. It is on us to take the risks. Does this
sound scary? Not really because Christ has promised to be with
What do we bring to the mission?
A wonderful facility
An accessible facility
Some financial resources
A history of change and adaptation
The ability and willingness to innovate
What does God need from us as partners with a community of
That will we be active
That we will engage in ministry
That we will take the necessary risks
That we will manage our congregational resources
That we will share our time, talent and financial resources so
that God’s work can be done
That we will let go of old ways so that new ways can emerge.
What will guide us into the future?
After a year of work, prayer, study, reflection, adaptation
and listing to you God has lead us to the following vision
statement and principles to us into the future.
We are to be God’s hands, feet and voice in the world.
Jesus is Lord and Savior
Reflect God’s love
Pray and listen for God’s guidance
Continue to strengthen faith
Include All in God’s work
Meet people where they are
Dear friends, God’s future awaits us. Let us trust
God for that future and witness boldly to its coming. Come
Lord Jesus Come!
Source: June 2010 Newsletter by Pastor Greg Moser