As the presbytery seeks to embody our strategic plan, become more creative in response to the post-COVID church, and utilize the talents and job descriptions of the presbyters, the Leadership Innovation Team will help lead the presbytery by re-envisioning the presbytery's committee structures, purpose, and ministry for ministry in the 21st century and beyond.
The goals of the Leadership Innovation Team are:
- study the presbytery's structure, ministries, and purposes
- develop an infrastructure that supports our work, enables ease of process, and creates space for dreams and visions
The objective of the Leadership Innovation Team is to to make recommendations aligned with the Strategic Plan's intent regarding our structures, ministries, and purposes that support and inspire the presbytery's call to mission.
The February 2023 presbytery meeting approved the creation of the Leadership Innovation Team (LIT) to study and re-envision the structure, ministries, and purpose of the presbytery.
The Leadership Innovation Team meets monthly. We are tasked with seeking how to best help our presbytery live into our mission to support leaders, congregations, and ministries in growing followers of Jesus Christ who joyfully live out God's mission in the world.
Here's what we've been up to:
- Of utmost importance to the team is listening to pastors and leaders of the POJ. We are hoping to connect directly for a conversation with all pastors and churches in our presbytery to hear from you and explore. Please reach out to us if you have not heard from us.
- We are starting to meet directly with Presbytery teams and leaders. With the change in leadership model and the COVID experience, there is an urgent need for committees and teams to update processes and find ways to involve more members in our work. Many processes need to be evaluated and refined, then written as policies and procedures.
- We are praying for you and for our Presbytery. May God give us guidance, grace, and understanding.
Here are some of our early takeaways:
- COVID may be over but pastors are still experiencing the draining effects of it.
- Pastors need to gather with colleagues for mutual support and to find resources for a changing time.
As with any change sometimes the chaos feels overwhelming. We believe the Holy Spirit is at work, reforming and making things new again. Let us trust the Spirit.