Many thanks to the members of UBC for your participation in the listening sessions. During those 6 sessions, we heard concerns and ideas that fall into two categories, short-term mostly operational issues and longer-term strategic issues. While the mission of the team is to focus on the longer term strategic plans for the church (church leadership, ministries, communications, outreach, etc.), the following short-term issues were brought to our attention. Below, you will find the comments and the responses as they presently stand to these short-term concerns. We will continue to update the progress on these items as well as update the congregation on the steps that we are taking on the larger strategic vision/plan for UBC. As we proceed, please feel free to reach out to members of the strategy team personally or to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UBC Strategy Team
SHORT TERM – Listening Session Comments and Responses
We will ask the Health and Wellness ministry about this first. We will then consider organizing medical emergency teams on Sunday by service. They may not need to be medical professionals.
Pastor talked with Deacon and Youth church leadership about this. Pastor also mentioned to the congregation on the first Sunday in September that we only serve communion to those who have accepted Christ.
Security/Trustees have been made aware and will increase visibility in the prescribed parking areas. The hurricane storm damaged street lights. Duke Energy repaired lighting in the side parking lot and is currently working on repairing the front parking lot street light. Officers will be more visible and mobile, and we are reviewing the number of officers that we have on duty.
Quotes for electronic signage are being obtained for review by the Trustees.
Pastor received a consultation from a sound engineer. By the end of January, we should have the speakers reconfigured working with speakers from the sanctuary, gym and chapel to give better sound and sound quality.
Pastor will work with the sound booth team. They now have the sermon outline. It will not work for Pastor to preach and control the visuals.
This is pending consultation on video technology.
Pastor has made this a priority. The question of retrofit or new van was taken by Pastor to the Trustees. They are recommending that we buy another van.
We will not do this (for privacy and liability reasons), but we will address this concern in other ways. See #1 on the list.
Yes, the drains in the front of the church have been cleaned. Additional repairs were required. A sump pump was recently added.
We are looking at different strategies for this (two separate programs, a trifold option, ProPresenter technology on the screens. The question of church etiquette and protocol may be a separate issue.
This has become a question of safety. We are looking into having this available in the church office or through the Deacons.
In 2019, Pastor will be working to make strategic hires to round out the ministerial and office staff. We are still getting a handle on administrative flow. As these positions are filled permanently, we will communicate to the congregation.
Pastor has discussed this with the musicians.
This is a wonderful idea. We will consider it later in the strategic facilities plan.
This has been mitigated.
Parking issues are being addressed in 2019. A plan is under review at this time by the Trustees and will be coming soon.
This is difficult to control. We do plan to modify the beginning of service in 2019 to create a more spiritual atmosphere.
We have to consider the privacy of people requesting prayer and joining the church.
We will ask the media ministry to be sure that it appears multiple times.
UBC and GSA are separate organizations from a legal/corporate perspective. UBC provides in-kind support (below market rent, Backpack Buddies) and financial support throughout the year.
We should be able to make initial recommendations in late 2019.
The Strategy Team will report at each quarterly church meeting.
Please share information to the full congregation that will help all know and realize the importance of spiritual transformation.
We will continue to share the transformation/discernment process with the church. The book that we have used is Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton. This is the kind of work that we will need people to do to be prepared for church leadership.
This meeting will happen in January 2019.
Pastor Rivers would rather not have security in the church at all, but this is the new normal given the world we live in. Please feel free to approach Pastor Rivers and if you need to pull him aside to speak more privately, he’s happy to do so.