Upping Our Game
The Playbook is our year’s strategic plan for Pine Lake Covenant Church. It is intended to be readily available to all leaders and members of the congregation. We encourage all ministries, missions, and teams to use this Playbook as they plan activities for 2020 ministry year. Use it to help steward the best use of our resources—time, talent, and treasure. Use it to bring everything we do into alignment with the focus and activities of the rest of this church.
This year especially, consider how our plan welcomes and includes people of all ages, all
races, all nationalities, and all sexual identities. Let’s keep at the forefront in our minds and actions, “The Lord God made us all.”
Insert LT a portion of the statement about LGBTQ about we can do better…
Introduce hospitality as a way we can do better at being welcoming and inclusive
At the same time, I challenge you to make your tithes and offerings a regular and sustaining commitment. Can you up your game by $80/month?
Sustaining our church is everyone’s responsibility. The Accelerate the Vision Campaign cannot replace our core giving through tithes and offerings.
We exist to love God, love people, and grow together.
Love God — Love People
In Mark 12:28-31, Jesus is asked perhaps the most important question possible which makes His answer the most relevant answer possible. When asked, “What is the greatest commandment” Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus declares the last thing He is going to say to his apostles before ascending into heaven. Among the things Jesus considers important enough as one of his final statements is this command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, and the son, and the Holy Spirit” faith to waver.
We love God passionately through worship
We love others deeply through groups
We bless the world radically through serving
What We Value
A safe place to grow your faith
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing
Above all else, we believe Jesus Christ, his person and his transforming message of love, is the main thing in all of life. Our conviction is that the more we stay focused and connected to him, the more true life we will experience.
All ages, all growing, all the time
We believe that discipleship is not something we do in addition to our “regular” lives. As we grow in following Jesus, we will see that he is concerned with how we live all the time, wherever we are. We want to model this kind of life to the next generation.
It’s okay to not be okay
We don’t have to get ourselves together before we can experience God in a personal way. We can be real about our imperfection while at the same time, trust that we are loved and on a growth path to a better place.
A safe place for hard questions
Real people often have honest doubts. We want to be a place where it is OK to ask questions about faith. Asking the hard questions can be a way for us to grow in our faith while simplistic answers can cause our faith to waver.
What We Know
Changing demographics in Sammamish
- Religious practice is very low. Only 11 percent say, “My faith is very important to me.”
- Population growth is moderate too fast. Diversity growth is accelerating.
- The greatest age growth is ages 25-34 and 65 and older.
- Eleven percent of the population on the Plateau are Chinese.
- And a new church plant targeted to our Chinese neighbors is being discussed.
- Key to church growth is hospitality
A younger and more diverse population
The Sammamish Plateau population is growing younger and more diverse. As we look at the demographic challenges around us, PLCC has a huge challenge in terms of representing the age and ethnic mix of our culture. We’ve developed a number of initiatives around this challenge such as………
What We See
Our 2020 Vision
Outreach, locally & globally
We see a people so full of God’s love for the world around them they would make great personal sacrifices to see people come to know the love God has for them.
Discipling people to know & follow Jesus
We see people caring, mentoring, and relating to each other in a Christ-centered life.
Intergenerational community & mission
We see people of all ages, all growing, all the time, where it is normal and natural for faith to be transmitted from one generation to the next.
Diversity, reflecting our surrounding community
We see people of diverse ethnicities together learning from each other in ways that express the God-breathed value of all people.
Stewardship in deploying our individual & collective resources
We see people who are so grateful for all God has given them that they are full of generosity as they give to make the kingdom of God known to others.
Funding Our Vision
Accelerate the Vision Campaign + Tithes & Offerings
Our 2020 Vision builds upon five themes: Outreach, Discipleship, Intergenerational Life, Diversity, and Stewardship. The Accelerate the Vision Campaign enables us to move with a measure of urgency in these areas, and particularly in Outreach.
At our 2017 Annual Meeting, we appointed a group called the Vision Action Team. They have been stewarding the campaign resources over this last year, using the 50/40/10 percent formula. How this has been spent has been reported each quarter to the congregation through the Quarterly magazine.
(LAST YEAR’S COPY TO BE REVISED—roll in challenge to tithes & offerings)
But we are caught in strong headwinds—mostly changing demographics, both inside our church and in the world around us.
Thinking like missionaries
To reach the world around us will require us to think more like missionaries and less like a church. The people moving to the Sammamish area are younger and more ethnically diverse than PLCC. This is our new reality that we must live into—hence our PLAYBOOK for 2019-2020.
How can each of us respond?
Being part of a faith family calls us out of ourselves into sacrifice for the greater good and the mission God has given us. We can envision a different future for the greater good as we walk by faith, while at the same time being wise stewards. Can we up our game in our core giving?
Who’s Going to Do It?
We are now in our last year of the our 2020 Vision. You were part of developing it in our February 2015 weekend. You were part of resourcing it in our 2017 Accelerate the
Let’s all up our game and finish strong, and let’s exhibit in our character and deeds our core values and vision statements.
Looking forward to celebrating the 2020 Vision conclusion.
But still we have a lot of work ahead of us.
- We have to start envisioning our 2025 Vision?
- Ask yourself what 2025 could look like for PLCC.
- Ask yourself how we might be more welcoming in inclusive of people of All Ages, All Races, All Nationalities, and All Sexual Identities.
I encourage you to learn more by attending the Human Sexuality Workshops beginning [date]
Remember that at this crossroads, we are still in God’s gracious hands.
How are you going to exhibit our Core Values in a welcoming and inclusive way? How are you going to up your game?
MARK MEREDITH, LEAD PASTOR