So what exactly is a Vision Team and what are we trying to accomplish?
The purpose of this team is to work through a process to discerning God’s spiritual, strategic direction for the ongoing mission of First Covenant Church of Oakland.
So what exactly is Vision? Vision can be summoned up as a way to look at ourselves in the future…or maybe instead, back at ourselves from the future. In-other-words, where do we see FCC in about 3 years? What do we look like? How are we acting?
A Mission Statement specifically answers the question “Who are we?” and “Why do we exist?”.
A Vision statement address where we are headed and answers these questions:
3 years from now, what do you see at FCC?
3 years from now, what do you hear people saying about FCC?
3 years from now, what is it that you feel when you come into FCC?
Your Vision Team consists of about 12 FCC members who represent many ages, ethnicities, marital status, missions, interests, genders, and more. We hope to represent a good cross-section of our church body. We are lead by Alan Foresman, a retired Covenant Pastor who helps lots of Covenant churches with these types of meetings. The team has met now 3 times and are working through a process which we hope will lead us to define the Vision Statement for FCC for the next three years.
Here is a little about our process so far.
We have broken ourselves into 5 sub-teams each having lots of homework between meetings.
The Prayer Team is leading the charge throughout the church to organize prayers specifically for this venture. They are asking for and leading prayers so that God is with us, guiding and leading us to His will.
The Internal Team is looking at who we are today. What is our demographics. Who are our missions and …How are we set up as a church body?
The External Team is focusing on our greater community of Oakland and assessing the needs of this great city so that we as a church may rise to the call in God’s name.
The Historian Team has been researching the 130-year history of FCC so that we can learn from the past, honor this, and use it to help frame our future.
The Communications Team is working to keep you informed and solicit input from the church community.
We invite your comments. As consider FCC in 3 years, seek God’s call and tell us what is on your heart. Use the 3 questions as a guide for your thoughts. We welcome all to share with us.