On Sunday, July 15, Saint Stephen Lutheran Church had it mid-year congregational meeting. The focus of our meeting was to review the results of the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) which was the survey taken by our membership in April.
Our guest speaker was Nancy Sayer of SamaraCare Consulting. Nancy presented an Executive Summary of the survey results to 37 members who attended. The survey provided a very good reflection of what our members are looking for in our church and what changes there would support. The responses provided a good foundation for the Council and church leaders to identify who we are and what areas we need to build on for our future. Electronic copies of the presentation are available upon request to our members.
Our meeting was followed by a pot luck lunch. The lunch included a discussion of four questions regarding the results of the CAT survey.
What surprised me about what the survey showed?
What excites me the most about what I heard?
What is the biggest hurdle to get to where we want to be?
What personal commitment will I make to God’s work at St. Stephen?
The discussion allowed all of us to ask questions and review many of the points made during Nancy’s presentation. Members of the Council will be available for any questions or comments that the congregation may have.
As a follow up to the CAT survey and the congregational review, the Council will be having a follow up retreat in October with Nancy Sayer to discuss what our next steps will be. It will be important to share your thoughts with Council members.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the CAT survey and attended our Congregational meeting. This is the first step of an important program to energize our membership and build a strong church ready to serve God.