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Congregational Summit | Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School

Congregational Summit

Congregational Summit

Friday, March 09, 2018, 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 10, 2018, 12:00 PM

Location: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church & School, 9201 East County Road 100 North, Avon, IN US 46123

Group: Church

Please RSVP to our Congregational Summit on Friday, March 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m.-noon. We will pray, ponder, and discuss plans for the next ten years at Our Shepherd. 

In October, the Church Governance Board decided to hire Walsh and Associates, a firm from Burnsville, MN, to perform a Feasibility Study. The goals of the study were to:

  • determine current satisfaction with the ministry at Our Shepherd,
  • examine member awareness of plans for ministry growth,
  • evaluate how receptive and supportive key member families are of planned

  ministry investment,

  • make recommendations regarding next steps for Our Shepherd regarding a potential future capital campaign and how we could best grow together as we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.

We recently received a report based on member interviews and will share results of that report each week leading up to the Town Hall Meeting and Leadership Summit. If you'd like to learn more, sign up for the Congregational Summit where results and recommendations from the study will be used to make prayerful decisions about preparations for the next ten years.

Who was interviewed?

60 families were identified as leaders in our congregation-those who are most gener- ous with their time and are most invested financially in our church and school. Of those 60 families, 42 were interviewed. 

What did we learn?

The approval rating for our ministry among these families is 96%.

93% are supportive of a capital campaign to fund the future ministry of our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School. 7% said it would “be nice to do.” None said it is “not needed.”

The top 3 ministry priorities of those surveyed include: expansion of the gym/current contemporary space to include a permanent space for contemporary worship ser- vices and rehearsals.

Expanded parking and better access to the building including a drive around the church and school.

Exploring a much more significant investment in early childhood education with the intent of building a program that is a long term financially viable investment in the well-being of the young families of our community. 

We can realistically expect to raise 2 to 3.5 million dollars with a 3-year capital cam- paign based upon study results.

If you are interested in learning more about how the study was conducted and these recommendations talk to any of your elders, board members, or staff members. Next week we will dig a little deeper into the numbers provided by the Feasibility Study.

CLICK HERE to read about the 5 proposed projects covered by a Capital Campaign.