Board of Stewards Meeting
May 24, 2017
Fellowship Hall Proposed Renovation
The Fellowship Hall Building Study Committee has been working collaboratively over the past several months. The committee is comprised of leaders from St Luke’s Executive Committee, staff, clergy, volunteers, Encounter band, Building Committee as well as Design, Acoustical, Audio/Video/Lighting, and construction consultants.
Our goal has been to bring forth a design that not only takes into account the interior of Fellowship Hall, but beyond that, includes the infrastructure and acoustical needs of a space that will be a multipurpose room that could welcome and host events, meetings, receptions, performances, small groups, Children’s Ministry events, as well transform into a worship space for Encounter on Sundays.
This space was St Luke’s first sanctuary, and over the years the room has been modified into Fellowship Hall, which was renovated back in the 80’s. It has always been our committee’s commitment to honor the space and allow it to come to life for the purpose of growing the Kingdom, while remaining true to St Luke’s Georgian style, heritage and architecture.
Our focus has taken into account the past, present and future of Fellowship Hall. The specific areas included in the design components are; ceiling, back wall, proscenium wall, stage, side walls, refurbished floors, upgrade mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, wood work, audio, visual and lighting.
The renderings pictured here will help you see the space and look beyond.
We look forward to hearing from you and any questions that you may have. Contact Larry Moore at email@example.com
Long Range Planning Committee Aims at Ambitious Goals
St. Luke’s Long Range Planning Committee has been at work seeking God’s preferred future for St. Luke’s ministry. The committee has established eight initiatives as part of our vision for the next five years. By the end of 2023, St Luke’s will:
- Overhaul systems for hospitality, engagement, and leadership development
- Expand strategic communications for traditional worship and all of St. Luke’s ministries
- Enlarge St. Luke’s outreach ministry, including our work in the Gethsemane parish
- Grow the Story Houston as an integral part of St. Luke’s mission
- Strengthen and grow our Encounter worship community
- Build a strong financial foundation for growing ministries
- Improve technology, including a new church management system
- Restructure our governance for more doing and less reporting
Specific strategies are being developed for each of these initiatives, along with objectives and ministry owners. The plan will be presented at a Church Conference on June 25 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome! If you have questions or comments, please contact committee co-chairs Kristin Tillman firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Erwin email@example.com.
New Governance Structure Proposed
As part of the plan for the next five years, the Structure sub-committee of the Long Range is proposing a new governance structure for St. Luke’s. The purpose of the change is to move more people into ministries of “doing” on teams, and fewer people on committees, whose primary function is simply oversight. The specific recommendations are that St. Luke’s:
- Replace our current Board of Stewards with two all church conferences each year, for the purpose of communications.
- Create a new Church Council with 17 members, serving the same function as our current Executive Committee.
- Create an Executive Committee of seven officers of the Church Council.
- Reduce standing committees to 4- Lay Leadership, Human Resources, Finance & Operations and Advancement; all have 9 members
- Merge Audit Committee into Finance & Operations; merge Executive Nominating into Lay Leadership
- Replace Discipleship, Worship and Outreach Commissions with enhanced participation in ministry teams
- Involve representatives from all worship communities in governance bodies.
The committee believes that these changes, consistent with United Methodist Book of Discipline, along with specific charters for each of our committees, will make volunteering at St. Luke’s far more productive, and increase volunteer participation across the whole life of the church. If you would like to talk more about this new structure, please contact structure subcommittee chair Vicki Keiser firstname.lastname@example.org.