December 2012 Board Briefing

Discipleship Pastor Call

The Discipleship Call Committee completed their work and at a Special Assembly the congregation voted to extend a divine call to Pastor Karl Fay of Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. By now you've heard that Pastor Fay has accepted our call to serve POP as Discipleship Pastor. He and his family (wife Kendra and children June & Rueben) will be arriving sometime in January. Prince of Peace is having a gift card shower to welcome the Fay family. POP members are encouraged to donate gift cards that will help in their transition (Grocery stores, Target, Home Depot, etc.) or introduce them to the Palatine area (like a gift card to your favorite local restaurant). Donations may be placed in the locked box at the welcome center on weekends or turned in to the church office during the week. Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 27, 2013. Pastor Fay will be installed as our new Discipleship Pastor at a special service that day at 4:00 pm. Most importantly, please pray for a smooth transition from Davenport to Palatine (including the sale of their home) and that the Lord will provide all that is needed for the ongoing ministry of Trinity Lutheran, Davenport.

Financial Update

The Board of Directors would like to thank you for your faithful giving. God is using your gifts to accomplish some incredible things for His Kingdom! We want to assure you that we consider the management of your offerings as a sacred trust. As of November, we see 2012 giving at ~2% below budget for both Palatine and Crosspoint; both locations are also expected to close the year with expenses lower than budgeted. At our December Voters Assembly the following 2013 budget was adopted. With a new year just around the corner, we encourage you to prayerfully and carefully evaluate your giving. Consider how the Lord had blessed you, discern if He is enabling you to give generously and sacrificially, and ask Him to lead you. We know that He will!

Getting From Here to There…

Over the past months the Board and the POP Staff have been reading and discussing Susan Beaumont’s book – Inside the Large Congregation. Susan has intimate knowledge of the strengths, challenges, and uniqueness of larger congregations (400+in average weekend worship attendance), as well as the specific leadership and organizational needs of these congregations. Prince of Peace’s 2013 budget allocates funding for a Strategic Planning Consultant. After investigating multiple church consultant options, plans have been put in place to begin working with Susan in June 2013. We look forward to learning from Susan and beginning the process of making clear the path the Lord is leading us down as we make plans for the future.

 

Strategic Focus Review…

Prince of Peace has a long-established Strategic Focus – Core Values, Mission, Vision, and Desired Outcomes. No less than bi-annually, the Board is responsible for reviewing the Strategic Focus and updating it in order to ensure the strong pursuit of our Mission. This process involves the careful review of congregational metrics provided by Pastor Christenson as well as consideration of input received at our Sept and March Board/Staff retreats and dialogues with members of the congregation. In October the Board completed its review and made the decision to maintain the Strategic Focus and ministry plan Targets as is. Prince of Peace staff began developing their ministry plans with these Targets (shown right) in mind.

Board Appointments 2012-2013

Nominating Committee: Mark Hiller, Jim McCabe
Financial Review Committee: Al Kehe, Mark Hiller, Susan Meyle
Endowment Fund Committee: Bo Vossel, Sharon Banks
Call Committee: Jim McCabe, Sharon Banks, Tod Kruse
Strategic Planning: Jim McCabe, Susan Meyle, Nancy Hartman Kittner

Dialogue Coordinator: Tod Kruse

Board Briefing Coordinator: Susan Meyle
Staff Prayer Coordinator: Nancy Hartman Kittner
Crosspoint Liaison: Al Kehe
Hispanic Ministry Liaison: Nancy Hartman Kittner
Pictured (left to right), Front Row: Tod Kruse, Al Kehe, Susan Meyle, Jeff Horvath (Chair). Back Row: Bo Vossel (Secretary), Jim McCabe, Sharon Banks, Nancy Hartman Kittner, Mark Hiller (Vice Chair).