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begin May 24
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This is Life at CtK

In the spring of 2013, a committee of CtK members began putting together a strategic plan on behalf of the congregation. This plan took a hard look at who we are, who want to be, and how we can get there. In the midst of pastoral and other staffing transitions in the church office, the application of this plan has been put on hold…until now.
After conversations between Pastor Peter and the Congregational Council, we now have nine reinvigorated mission objectives. These objectives honor the spirit of the 2013 Strategic Plan, and at the same time reflect perspectives of Pastor Peter’s pastoral leadership.

In the spring of 2015, we are initiating a visual campaign entitled This is Life at CtK to help you get to know these new nine mission objectives. Each week, look for a new mission objective. When you see the image and read the objective, ask yourself:
How do I see myself fitting into this?
How do I fit into the greater mission and ministry of CtK?

At the end of these ten weeks, the congregation will be invited to the second part of our Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 17 where we will celebrate, reflect, and reevaluate our many vibrant and longstanding programs and begin to imagine ministries as well.

So watch your email and envision Life at CtK with us.

Mission Objective 9

If you’ve ever looked at optical illusions like Magic Eye™ you know that it takes a while to train your eyes to see the image hidden within. Sometimes that means staring at it, other times looking through it, other times simply relaxing and waiting for the image to appear magically! Once you’ve discovered the hidden image, it’s hard to unsee. It’s like your eyes have now been trained to see what was there all along. Part of becoming an “Equipping Church” means that we constantly help one another train our eyes to see what we haven’t been able to see before—evidence of God’s grace active in our lives, in our congregation, and in the world around us. We can learn from kids in VBS and Sunday School, who regularly list “God sightings” as part of their own faith practice. Discovering our own God-given gifts, we can also begin to see ourselves as agents of God’s work in the world—and help others do the same. 

God’s grace is all around us. 

May we train our eyes to see!

Mission Objective 8

Much has been said recently about the decline of the mainline church. In nearly all denominations attendance is down, giving is down, staff sizes have been reduced, and congregations have merged or closed. At the same time, though, there is a new vitality in many corners of the Church as faith communities begin to focus less on numbers and programs and more on opportunities for authentic faith practice.

As best-selling author Rachel Held Evans says, “people aren’t looking for a hipper Christianity, they’re looking for a truer Christianity.” Like every generation before and after, she writes, “we're looking for Jesus—the same Jesus who can be found in the places he's always been: in bread, in wine, in baptism, in the Word, in suffering, in community, and among the least of these."

Rather than creating the illusive sought-after program—or hitting upon the magic tactic to get more people to in the pews—we can offer worship, community, and faith formation that brings meaning to people’s lives by practicing an authentic faith in the crucified and risen Christ.

No trendy gimmick required.

Mission Objective 7

When we think about supporting Christ the King’s ministries, two images often vie for our attention—scarcity and abundance. While the world tells us that we need to compete for limited resources, the Bible tells us a different story. The Biblical story of abundance asserts that a loving and generous Creator provides for us and assures us that nothing can separate us from God. Embracing the narrative of abundance often means living with a spirit of generosity. As theologian David Lose points out, “Generosity is not the fruit of success or happiness or security. It is, instead, the source of all these things.”

If we begin to trust in God’s abundance, we can also learn to be more generous in our giving. Whether in our regular giving or in our additional offering to capital improvements or legacy gifts, focusing on God’s abundance helps us embrace generosity as a core value. 

Mission Objective 6

Earlier this year, we tore down what had formerly been the “counting room” in the office suite to open up and create an area for collaboration among staff and others. Removing the walls has meant that the offices are much more accessible to one another as well as to this shared space, creating a feeling of openness.

The physical removal of these walls has served as a symbol for how we can better work together—not just staff, but all who are involved in CtK’s ministries. Looking at the open space, we imagine that we no longer work in silos or pigeons holes, and we are more intentional about working together. Similarly, committees have begun to seek one another’s input, sharing minutes and reports as well as occasionally holding combined meetings.

This needs to become the norm rather than the exception. 

Mission Objective 5


CtK currently has a “hybrid” system of committees, teams, and other working groups. Some are more formal, with officers, minutes, and a regular schedule. Others are more ad hoc and task-oriented, with little formal structure at all. Links to elected or staff leadership are also varied.

As we realign staff according to our mission priorities, we also need to begin streamlining the structure these working groups. We want our committees to collaborate whenever possible and even merge when necessary. The goal of such a restructuring is that our shared ministry becomes more efficient, more focused, more mutually understood.

Mission Objective 4

Christ the King is a full of people who know one another very well and like being together. It is wonderful that so many people have found authentic community—some even might say “family”—among the folks at CtK. The flip side, of course, is that in our natural tendency to spend time with people we know at church, we can also unintentionally exclude others, especially newcomers who maybe haven’t found such a group here.

What better time than Easter to go out of your way to notice and reach out to folks you don’t know at Christ the King. Introduce yourself. Find something in common with them. Tell them what you like about CtK. You can even take it a step further: invite someone new to join you for worship on Easter (or during the Easter Season). Not only will that help introduce new people to life at CtK, it could also reveal some great gifts this community needs for our ministry together.


Mission Objective 3 


It is not enough to tolerate diversity. To tolerate is to put up with. We put up with a cold, a long red light, or a rerun of our favorite TV show. In Christ, we are called to celebrate our diversity, to cherish the ways we complement one another, to learn from those who are different from us. Newcomers—particularly those who are different—aren’t simply to be integrated into CtK as it currently exists. Rather, thanks to their being among us we all become a new creation.

Mission Objective 2


Most of us know from experience that the more we try to do, the less our capacity becomes to do those things well. The same is true for our congregation and its ministries. Our financial, staff, and volunteer resources are finite and when we try to do too much, we can end up diminishing the impact of essential ministries.

This mission objective requires all of us to take a good look at all of our ministries often through the lens of our vision and having the courage to let go of certain programs—even those that have may have been part of life at CtK for many years. God calls us to focus on what is most important, to remember why we do what we do, and to be good stewards of our resources.


Mission Objective 1


Creating systems for sharing information, while important, is not enough. We all need to have faith that we are in this together, assuming one another’s best intentions. Leaders will be proactive in seeking input and exhaustive in sharing decisions. Participants will be curious and engaged—asking questions, offering support, and avoiding rumors and innuendo.