Missed the 2015 cottage meetings? Here are some key highlights of the information shared.
ST. MARK RECENT TIMELINE
- 2011: Pastor Irwin accepted call to Lincoln
- 2012-2013: St Mark an intentional interim Pastor, Pastor Griffin
- 2013: Pastor Moyer accepted call to Louisianna
- 2014: Pastor Lentz accepted the call to St. Mark
- 2014: Voters approved going to Policy Based Governance
- 2015: St. Mark current worships ~275 every Sunday.
MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS AND COMMENTS
End of 2014, we send out a survey and got 86 member responses, a response rate of about 30% of our regular church attendees. The survey indicated that members' highest concerns are children, youth, and education.
We have areas to improve for our church, particularly with children and youth. Only 3 third graders came up to receive Bibles this year. Only 5 students attend our 8th grade confirmation classes.
OTHER IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS
- We want to focus on the first seven minutes someone sees when they come to our church - this is what sticks with people.
- We want to get better recordings of the sermons.
- We need to update the membership directory.
- The PLC and staff are reading "Simple Church" to get more ideas and direction. Copies will be available for any interested St. Mark member to read as well. We are all encouraged to read at least chapter 3
THE PROPOSED BUDGET
|Missions we Support||$ 70,400|
|Other Ministries**||$ 66,595|
|Japanese School||$ 6,900|
*Staff is the cost of: Sr. Pastor, Associate Pastor for second half of year, DCE intern for first half of year, full time DCE for second half of year, Preschool director and staff, full time music director, part time contemporary music leader, facilities (Kurt), part time administrative assistant (Trish). As a note, the cost of the associate pastor for half a year is budgeted at $33,000.
**Other ministries is the cost of: youth, Sunday School, communion, and all other ministries offered by St. Mark.
This leaves us with $893,112 in expenses and $797,593 in income for a net income of -$95,519
The PLC is asking members to take a step in faith that we will overcome this deficit. The PLC will now prayerfully consider options to make the budget balance. Those options will be what are presented to the voters.