LIFT: Living Into the Future Together
Pilgrim leaders and our whole faith community have devoted energy and effort over the past few years to determine how we should respond to God’s call to sustain and grow our ministries. Efforts began in 2013-2014 with a strategic planning and visioning process. In follow-up, the Vestry charged a Staffing Task Force in 2015 to explore next steps. In 2015-2016 Pilgrim leaders developed a clearer vision for the future.
Now the leadership of our congregation is engaged by a vision that will help create Pilgrim’s future, and believes strongly that our path forward requires calling an Associate Pastor to Pilgrim.
To achieve this vision we are currently engaged in LIFT: Living Into the Future Together — a campaign with a financial goal of $100,000 per year for the next 4 years, to support an associate pastor for four years. After these four years, with projected continued growth, the plan is that this position will be absorbed into our general operating fund.
Early Work of the Call Committee
With great hope that we would meet our $400,000 campaign goal, the Congregational Council formed a Call Committee based on the requirements of our constitution and guidance from the synod. The council nominated and extended invitations to committee members in March and elected the full committee at its meeting on March 21, 2017. The members of the committee include: Caleb Drexler-Booth, Tim Dykstal, Emily Kahnert, Katia McDonough, Tim Moore, and Pastor Carol Tomer.
Since March 21, the Call Committee has met twice to sketch out a plan and timeline for the call process. At the first meeting of the committee, the group met with a representative of the synod and began work on our Ministry Site Profile and Associate Pastor position description. At the second meeting, we elected co-chairs -- Tim Dykstal and Tim Moore -- and reviewed a draft of two call documents named above.
At the April 18 meeting of the Congregational Council, the Council approved the Ministry Site Profile and Associate Pastor position description. And with the LIFT Campaign goal just several hundred dollars short of being achieved, they decided that the Call Committee could officially move forward with its work on behalf of the congregation.
On Sunday, April 23 we celebrated the completion of the LIFT campaign, meeting our $400,000 goal. The call process is now in full swing!
Call Process Updates
May 17, 2017
June 19, 2017
Sep. 17, 2017
Oct. 24, 2017
Thanks be to God!
February 18, 2018
Pastor Jen Rome has accepted our call to serve as associate pastor of Pilgrim. Pastor Rome will begin service at Pilgrim on Monday, April 9. Please keep her in your prayers, as she transitions from her call of 16 years and prepares to begin service in the Pilgrim community. As we shared at the congregational meeting where we voted on extending this call to her, we would be considering and have decided on a specific name to describe her call in our community: Pastor of Next Generation Ministries. We think it’s a great description of her ministry with the youngest among us, young adults and dechurched, and all of us, for the church is always on its way to next chapters of ministry, which are shaped by God’s people of all ages.
7 UpLIFTing Messages for Pilgrims
In the 7 days leading up to the Pilgrim LIFT Campaign Commitment Sunday on March 26, we shared a daily trio of UpLIFTing Messages: a short thought, a personal word from a Pilgrim, and a prayer — in gratitude for Living Into the Future Together.