SCC Council Summary and Church Chat (March 2009)
In 2009, Council members met to discern direction for missional ministry in and through SCC. We began the day by sharing our journeys of faith, and then built on the preparatory work done by our Assoc. Pastor, Moderator and Mission team leader - to answer the question:
“What are our strengths, gifts and existing missional ministries at SCC?”
We adopted a metaphor to describe the purpose of missional ministry. These ministries are “doorways” to accomplish our broadest purpose and calling – to engage in God’s mission to the world. This call to share the good news is not unique or optional but is a core purpose for the Church, most broadly, and for those who call SCC home. Sharing our faith was considered a transcendent category, which requires intentionality, regardless of the form it takes, including lifestyle evangelism, personal evangelism, discipleship programs, and pulpit ministry.
- the gift of teaching and a desire for learning;
- gifts in arts/culture;
- a commitment to the stewardship of God’s creation;
- a commitment to social justice as a responsibility of the church;
- our Anabaptist heritage;
- the geographical and situational circumstances and opportunities of SCC in our Royal Oak neighbourhood.
In summary, we agreed that as a community we take the gifts of the Spirit, specifically those for teaching/learning, caretaking, and artistic ability, and apply our passions for the arts & culture, creation, and evangelism, in hopes of meeting the responsibility of faith in the areas of social justice, evangelism and care of the environment.
The Council then identified areas of focus and action. We recognized the “doorways” or outreach opportunities that exist, and identified possible points of action in which to be more intentional.