Vision for the Future


Goals and Grub Recap
Redeemeer Lutheran Church
Woodstock, IL

On June 3, 2012 the congregation met to review our Mission, Vision, and Values, as well as establish 1, 3, and 5-year goals. The group agreed that our Mission Statement is still valid and should not be changed: Redeemer is a growing community of Christians recognized for making a difference in people’s lives.

Pastor Tom suggested that appropriate goals and new ministries should support the Mission Statement in these ways:
□   Growing spiritually
□   Growing numerically
□   Making a difference in the lives of those in our church
□   Making a difference in the lives of those in the larger community who are served by the church.

It was suggested that new goals and ministries should capitalize on our primary assets:
□   Commercial kitchen
□   Accessibility
□   Parking
□   Fellowship hall
□   Location
□   South lawn/Grounds
□   Competence in serving the community
□   Great people!

During the initial brainstorming session the following ideas were presented to support the two objectives in the mission statement – “Growing” and “Making a Difference”

□   Sunday School for children
□   Adult education and wellness programs
□   Sharing talents as ministry
□   New roof
□   Parking lot repair
□   Church maintenance plan
□   Define the entryway
□   More drama and arts

Making a Difference
□   Alternative worship service (style or time)
□   Outdoor worship services
□   Prayer group
□   Vacation Bible school
□   Friday BBQ
□   USDA summer lunch program for children
□   24-hour Christian community center


Preliminary Goals

Out of this discussion the following priorities were set for further development by the church council:

1 Year Goals (May 31, 2013)
1. Outdoor worship services
2. Friday BBQs
3. Alternative worship service (style or time)
4. Prayer team
5. Christian education
          a. Children
                 1. Sunday school during the school year
                 2. VBS for 2013
         b. Adults
                 1. Bible study / Theology
                  Wellness / Wholeness (Life Balance, Yoga, Qi Gong, etc.)

3 Year Goals (May 31, 2015)
1. USDA summer lunch program for children
More drama and arts in worship
Define the entryway
3. Develop a well-designed and well-executed church maintenance plan
4. 24-hour Christian community Center

5 Year Goals (May 31, 2018)
1. New roof (solar panels?)
Repair parking lot