The First United Methodist Church of Auburndale had reached a critical point in the life and ministry of our church. Many changes have occurred over the past ninety-two years since our charter as a congregation and we believe we are at another pivotal point in our history for even more and greater changes.
It was felt by our Pastor of nine years and many others in the congregation that we live and work in an entirely different way than past generations have; the current generations have priorities and values that are drastically different from former years. These changes, and others, have affected the way in which we live and the ways in which our Church proclaims Christ to a needy and confused world.
Even though our membership continues to grow, there are many of the founders of our church who are no longer with us. These men and women were crucial to the health and vitality of this congregation. Many of our volunteers need to be trained, our family structure has changed. There are different priorities. Also, resources, such as talented and gifted people and finances are not readily available as they were in the past.
As a result of these factors, our Pastor asked the Staff Parish Relations Committee to study our short and long term needs of our staff. As a result of this request, the Staff Parish Relations Committee formed a steering committee to conduct a comprehensive evaluation both internally and externally of data which has implications for improving our results as a church and helps us form a direction that keeps us focused. Over forty individuals from our congregation were involved in studying the data and discussing it. From the information gathered our Five Year Strategic Plan was approved by the Council in December, 2013 to be rolled out in January 2014 for The First United Methodist Church of Auburndale.
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