Middle Vision 2015: Deepening Connections, Changing Lives
Middle Collegiate Church is a celebrating, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith where all persons are welcomed just as they are as they come through the door. Rooted in Christian tradition as the oldest continuous Protestant Church in North America, Middle Church is called by God to boldly do a new thing on the earth.
As a teaching congregation that celebrates the arts, our ministries include rich and meaningful worship, care and education that nurture the mind, body and spirit, social action which embraces the global community, and participation in interfaith dialogue for the purpose of justice and reconciliation.
As we live into Vision 2015, we are committed to the following strategic directions:
Increased Connections to and Within Community
We extend the radical welcome of Christ to everyone just as they are as they come through all of our doors—the sanctuary, the social hall, and the program building. This welcome extends past Sunday morning to building relationships all week long as we work and learn together. Our leaders help us connect to God, to one another, and to our shared values, hopes, and dreams.
Increased Congregational Ownership of, and Partnership in, Ministry
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that all of us are called to ministry by definition of our faith in God. We shape and own the vision and programming of Middle Church. We support it with our time, our talents, and our treasures. We are all accountable to the vision we prayerfully discern together. We increase our contribution to Middle’s ministry and program.
Improved Communications System Wide
We celebrate the great diversity of God’s human creation in our community. Our cultural diversity means diversity in the ways we think, feel, and communicate. Key to holding our diversity together is disseminating news and information in our community through different media and in many voices. We are clear, open, and transparent on our website, in our publications, and in our oral announcements. We deploy social networking as a tool to connect us more closely.